Jack-of-all-trades Virgil Cain gets tangled up in an old crime surfacing from the waters of the Hudson River.
For Virgil Cain, a day of fishing on the Hudson River yields more than he bargained for when, while pulling up anchor, he hooks on to a mysterious steel cylinder.
As word of Virgil’s strange catch spreads around the local marina, it draws the attention of a crooked city cop, who seizes both the cylinder and Virgil’s boat. Soon, an old drug deal gone sour resurfaces, and to get to the bottom of it–and to get his boat back–Virgil teams up with a captivating single mom, Dusty, who knows far too much about the cylinder and the pure cocaine it contains.
The landscape is soon cluttered with the dealer who claims ownership of the cylinder, his murderous sidekick, and a wild card in the form of a crazy Russian cowboy. Virgil and Dusty find themselves trapped in the middle and desperate for a way out…
Praise for Brad Smith:
‘A writer with lots of skill, lots of heart, lots of brains’ – Richard Russo
‘Brad Smith has got the goods – he’s funny, poignant, evocative, and he tells a blistering tale. A writer to watch, a comet on the horizon’ – Dennis Lehane
Brad Smith was born and raised in southern Ontario. He has worked as a farmer, signalman, insulator, truck driver, bartender, schoolteacher, maintenance mechanic, roofer, and carpenter. He lives in an eighty-year-old farmhouse near the north shore of Lake Erie. Red Means Run, the first novel in his Virgil Cain series, was named among the Year’s Best Crime Novels by Booklist.