Cut and Run

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 April, 2008, 12:00am

Cut and Run

by Jeff Abbott

Sphere, HK$112

Jeff Abbot writes thrillers that move so fast you almost see the book shudder in your hands. His plots contain hardly any fat, much less a metaphor. They are the place adjectives go to die and adverbs shrivel under his gaze. Even his titles waste no time: his first book is called Panic, the second Fear. So it is with some trepidation that I open Cut and Run. True, both 'cut' and 'run' are appropriately swift, but three whole words? Has Jeff Abbott gone all Marcel Proust on us? Never fear, for Cut and Run delivers the thousand natural shocks any heart is heir to and more high-concept thrills than any Hollywood movie. Ellen Mosley is married to the mob: years ago she stole half a million mafia dollars and went on the run, abandoning her children and husband. Petrified for her life, Ellen returned the cash and was given a job and a new identity. Gone but not forgotten, Ellen is being tracked down by her grown-up son, Whit, who wants to find her before his father dies. Having set up his set-up, Abbott tightens every narrative screw he can to keep the reader teetering at the edge of his seat: double-crosses, shootouts and car chases that make The French Connection look like a traffic jam. Abbott is a master.



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