When 600 inmates, from minimum security to death row, are leashed into the world, havoc ensues. Death row supervisor Celine wants to get this prison back on track. She’s intent on tracking down her nemesis, John Kradle. He’s the man who has grated her every nerve since day one. He’s the worse kind of prisoner who has killed his entire family. Or is he? Celine’s past skews her perceptions, and she’s taking her job above and beyond. We follow Celine’s quest to take down Kradle and Kradle’s quest to prove his innocence.
Celine is a tough character to get behind. Unable to separate her personal life from her job, her singular focus on Kradle is pretty toxic. Fox wrote her character extremely well because I couldn’t cheer for her. I liked Kradle and empathized with him from the start. I enjoyed how the story is told in alternating viewpoints from each character, so when you think you cannot stand Celine anymore, we switch perspectives to one less skewed. The Chase is a fun and fast-paced read, and I like how it came together. Thank you, Macmillan-Tor/Forge, for sending this along!
Lastly, and randomly, if you haven’t read Fox before, I recommend starting with her Crimson Lake series. It is in the list of my absolute favorite books because the main character is quirky and the series is so much fun.
About the Book:
“Are you listening, Warden?”
“What do you want?”
“I want you to let them out.”
“Which inmates are we talking about?”
“All of them.”
With that, the largest manhunt in United States history is on. In response to a hostage situation, more than 600 inmates from the Pronghorn Correctional Facility, including everyone on Death Row, are released into the Nevada Desert. Criminals considered the worst of the worst, monsters with dark, violent pasts, are getting farther away by the second.
John Kradle, convicted of murdering his wife and son, is one of the escapees. Now, desperate to discover what really happened that night, Kradle must avoid capture and work quickly to prove his innocence as law enforcement closes in on the fugitives.
Death Row Supervisor, and now fugitive-hunter, Celine Osbourne has focused all of her energy on catching Kradle and bringing him back to Death Row. She has very personal reasons for hating him – and she knows exactly where he’s heading…