A Sam Dryden Novel (Volume 1)

Patrick Lee

Minotaur Books

"Breathless, involving, smart, and completely convincing."—Lee Child

In Patrick Lee's Runner, Sam Dryden, ex--Special Forces, lives a quiet life in a small town on the coast of Southern California. While out on a run in the middle of the night, he encounters a young girl on the seaside boardwalk. Barefoot and terrified, she’s running from a group of heavily armed men with one clear goal: to kill her. Dryden learns that the twelve-year-old can only remember the past two months, during which she’s been kept in a secret prison by forces within the government. Beyond her own name, Rachel, she knows only that she has a skill that makes her very dangerous to these men and those in charge of them.

"Nonstop action and nonstop fun." —Providence Journal  
Dryden, who lost his wife and young daughter in an accident, agrees to help Rachel try to unravel and make sense of her own past, and to protect her from the people who are moving heaven and earth to find them both. Although Dryden is only one man, he has extraordinary skills and experience—as a Ranger, a Delta, and five years doing off-the-book black ops with an elite team. However, as he slowly begins to discover, the highly trained forces on their heels are only part of the danger they must face. Because there’s something in Rachel’s past—and it’s more dangerous, and deadly, than Dryden can even imagine…

"Superbly engrossing."—USA Today


Read an Excerpt

Just after three in the morning, Sam Dryden surrendered the night to insomnia and went running on the boardwalk. Cool humidity clung to him and filtered the lights of El Sedero to his left, the town sliding past like a tanker in the fog. To his right was the Pacific, black and silent as the edge of the world tonight. His footfalls on the old wood came back to him from every part of the darkness.
It was just as well not to sleep. Sleep brought dreams of happier times, worse than nightmares in their own way.
Mercury lights over the boardwalk shone down into



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Praise for Runner

  Praise for Runner

"An amazing, high-speed, high-octane novel!"—Nelson DeMille

"A superbly engrossing novel, distinguished by both a lively intelligence and a surprisingly subtle and persuasive development of its characters."—USA Today

And there’s also: "Nonstop action and nonstop fun make Runner worthy of being placed at the top of the stack in your ‘to read’ thriller pile."—Providence Journal  

"Patrick Lee is a huge talent and Runner is his best book yet—breathless, involving, smart, and completely convincing."—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of Never Go Back

"Pure adrenaline rush! Finally, an action-packed novel brimming with complex characters as well as genuine heart. Not to be missed."—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Touch and Go and Catch Me

"Runner takes off like a rocket and sustains its velocity until the very last page. Patrick Lee remains in charge throughout the ride, creating strong characters, credible dialogue, and one heck of a plot."—Alafair Burke, author of If You Were Here

"I’m going to sue Patrick Lee for giving me whiplash: that’s how furiously paced this book is. A terrific cast of characters, unrelenting action—strap in and enjoy the ride."—Jesse Kellerman, author of Sunstroke

"This is a thriller done right. It literally begs to be read in one sitting. I said it before and I’ll say it again. Patrick Lee is the real deal."—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Amber Room and The Columbus Affair

"Patrick Lee outdoes himself with Runner, setting a new bar for thrillers. The sentences are so finely tuned it’s like reading in high definition. The tension is almost too much to take. And the characters… well, if Jack Reacher ever decides to retire, I know a guy named Sam Dryden."—Dan Krokos, author of False Memory

"Runner is a full speed dash from page one, a Crichton-esque blend of science fiction and plausible near-future reality. Patrick Lee gets inside your head and doesn’t let go till you turn the last page."—Alan Jacobson, national bestselling author of No Way Out

"Lee has created a hero who is skilled, believable and human at the same time…The action is nonstop and takes place at breakneck speed…With this book, he enters the ranks of the best action-thriller writers."—Kirkus Reviews

"Tension mounts right from the start in this nonstop action-packed narrative…a high-tech thriller that’s hard to put down."—Library Journal (starred review)

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  • PATRICK LEE is the author of three previous bestselling novels: The Breach , Ghost Country, and Deep Sky. He lives in Michigan.
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