Douglas Skelton

The Janus Run

“Bullet-ridden, bold, brilliant.” Neil Broadfoot

When Coleman Lang finds his girlfriend Gina dead in his New York City apartment, he thinks nothing could be worse… until he becomes the prime suspect.
Desperate to uncover the truth and clear his name, Coleman hits the streets. But there's a deranged Italian hitman, an intuitive cop, two US Marshals, and his ex-wife all on his tail. And trying to piece together Gina's murky past without dredging up his own seems impossible. Worse, the closer he gets to Gina's killer, the harder it is to evade the clutches of the mysterious organisation known only as Janus — from which he'd long since believed himself free.
Packed with plot twists, suspense and an explosive climax, The Janus Run is an edge-of-the-seat, breathtaking thriller — NYC noir at its finest.

“A breakneck New York thriller — I can't wait to read the next one.” Mason Cross
«A natural successor to Ed McBain, Douglas Skelton gives us a sharp and thrilling ride — a brilliant read.” Michael J Malone
“A defining work by our finest emerging crime fiction talent.” Quintin Jardine
“Ludlum meets Grisham in this fast-paced, fast-talking New York City thriller. Fascinating and utterly compelling.” Denzil Meyrick
“Pacy, great characters, twisted enough to keep me guessing.” Alex Gray
«Skelton really delivers with The Janus Run : the pace is relentless, the sense of place authentic, a story that draws you in and won't let go till the final page.” Craig Russell
«What do you get if you mix a deep-cover agent, a witness protected mob member, a psychotic killer and more action than you can pull a trigger at? Welcome to the wonderful, high speed, rollercoaster planet that is Douglas Skelton's The Janus Run Gordon Brown
«Bullet-ridden, bold, brilliant, The Janus Run hits its stride on the first page and hurtles to its conclusion with the speed of a runaway subway. Utterly unmissable.” Neil Broadfoot
«This is brilliant-black-diamond hard writing … brutal and enthralling. You never know where the next bullet is coming from. You'd better hang on tight for this one.” Mark Leggatt
«It's a cracker. A pacy thrill-ride of a book with an authentic NYC setting, whip-smart dialogue and a cast of memorable characters. Think Goodfellas meets The Bourne Identity. Skelton's best yet.” Lisa Gray
«Dynamite… authentically brutal, powerfully plotted and perfectly executed.” Chapter In My Life crime fiction blog
“A book that sinks its teeth into its readers like a Rottweiler and simply never lets go: the main difference being that this is an extremely enjoyable experience.” Undiscovered Scotland
«Fabulous… Well written, full of tension and suspense, it caught my imagination immediately and kept me hooked all the way through.” Amanda Gillies, crime fiction reviewer
317 printed pages
Original publication
Saraband, Contraband



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