Author: Marshall Thornton
Pages/Word Count: 221 Pages
At a Glance: Fast paced suspense when the action begins.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: Palm Springs, 1973. Don Harris is a piano player on the run after killing a Chicago mobster’s son in a bar fight. On the lam, he meets a pretty blonde girl in town for a convention. He lets down his guard and spends the night with her only to discover she’s the younger sister of his best friend all grown-up. Foolishly, she tips her brother off to Don’s location, and he’s on the run again, hoping to find a safe place to land.
Out of money and desperate, Don accidentally walks into a gay bar where he allows a kid named Harlan to pick him up so he’ll have a place to stay. As the mob chases them, Don begins to fall for the kid, putting them both in harm’s way. Harlan has problems of his own, and Don knows he shouldn’t get involved but he can’t help but step in when Harlan gets in trouble. To save himself, Don’s got to save Harlan.
Review: Don Harris has the bad luck of accidentally killing the wrong person, even more bad luck while in hiding from the mob; then, years later, of running across someone from his past life, while working as a piano player. Strangely enough, after Don hooks up with Shelley, she reminds him who she is. Oops! Nothing like finding out you just slept with your best friend’s sister, who later contacts her brother and lets him know who she’s run into during her trip. Another oops again…cover blown! Poor Shelley had no idea what she’d done when the mob finds them both.
But things really start to get interesting when Don finally meets Harlan. Even though Don claims to be straight, he sure doesn’t act like it when he’s around Harlan. Harlan, with all of his flirting, just seems to grow on Don in unexpected ways, and I thought it was kind of sweet how Harlan seemed to calm Don while holding him when he had his nightmares. I liked Harlan because he stayed level headed and didn’t panic during certain situations. And, he didn’t take any BS from Don either.
As with any Marshall Thornton novel, once I actually got into Desert Run, I found I really enjoyed it. The blurb gives a good summary of what goes down in this story—it’s fast paced suspense when the action begins, not to mention the cover is sweet! I give it a recommendation as a good book to pick up and read if you’re into nostalgia, suspense, and a little smex with both sexes on the side.
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