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“Exceptional…The action builds to an exciting showdown. Those who like their crime novels with a social conscience will be amply rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review Former homicide cop turned private investigator Cass Raines gets the job done in this page-turning Chicago-set novel from award-winning author Tracy Clark. For mystery/suspense fans as well as fans of “Exceptional…The action builds to an exciting showdown. Those who like their crime novels with a social conscience will be amply rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review Former homicide cop turned private investigator Cass Raines gets the job done in this page-turning Chicago-set novel from award-winning author Tracy Clark. For mystery/suspense fans as well as fans of Laura Lippman. Chicago in the dead of winter can be brutal, especially when you’re scouring the frigid streets for a missing girl. Fifteen-year-old Ramona Titus has run away from her foster home. Her biological mother, Leesa Evans, is a recovering addict who admits she failed Ramona often in the past. But now she’s clean. And she’s determined to make up for her mistakes—if Cass can only help her find her daughter. Cass visits Ramona’s foster mother, Deloris Poole, who is also desperate to bring the girl home. Ramona came to Deloris six months ago, angry and distrustful, but was slowly opening up. The police are on the search, but Cass has sources closer to the streets, and a network of savvy allies. Yet it seems Ramona doesn’t want to be found. And Cass soon begins to understand why. Ramona is holding secrets dark enough to kill for, and anyone who helps her may be fair game. And if Ramona can’t run fast enough and hide well enough to keep the truth safe, she and Cass may both be out of time.


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“Exceptional…The action builds to an exciting showdown. Those who like their crime novels with a social conscience will be amply rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review Former homicide cop turned private investigator Cass Raines gets the job done in this page-turning Chicago-set novel from award-winning author Tracy Clark. For mystery/suspense fans as well as fans of “Exceptional…The action builds to an exciting showdown. Those who like their crime novels with a social conscience will be amply rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review Former homicide cop turned private investigator Cass Raines gets the job done in this page-turning Chicago-set novel from award-winning author Tracy Clark. For mystery/suspense fans as well as fans of Laura Lippman. Chicago in the dead of winter can be brutal, especially when you’re scouring the frigid streets for a missing girl. Fifteen-year-old Ramona Titus has run away from her foster home. Her biological mother, Leesa Evans, is a recovering addict who admits she failed Ramona often in the past. But now she’s clean. And she’s determined to make up for her mistakes—if Cass can only help her find her daughter. Cass visits Ramona’s foster mother, Deloris Poole, who is also desperate to bring the girl home. Ramona came to Deloris six months ago, angry and distrustful, but was slowly opening up. The police are on the search, but Cass has sources closer to the streets, and a network of savvy allies. Yet it seems Ramona doesn’t want to be found. And Cass soon begins to understand why. Ramona is holding secrets dark enough to kill for, and anyone who helps her may be fair game. And if Ramona can’t run fast enough and hide well enough to keep the truth safe, she and Cass may both be out of time.

30 review for Runner

  1. 5 out of 5

    SuperWendy

    This is easily my favorite new mystery series discovery in recent memory. Clark writes Chicago extremely well (she nails the weather in this book) and Cass continues to be smart, savvy and competent to the point of giving me a girl crush. This time out Cass is looking for a 15-year-old girl who ran away from (by all accounts) a good foster home. As she recovers some of the ground the cops already have, Cass uncovers a new lead at the girl's part-time job that poses more questions than answers. T This is easily my favorite new mystery series discovery in recent memory. Clark writes Chicago extremely well (she nails the weather in this book) and Cass continues to be smart, savvy and competent to the point of giving me a girl crush. This time out Cass is looking for a 15-year-old girl who ran away from (by all accounts) a good foster home. As she recovers some of the ground the cops already have, Cass uncovers a new lead at the girl's part-time job that poses more questions than answers. The "found family" aspect of the series continues to be strong in this outing and Clark sets up a potential book #5 plot when old friend, former con turned short order cook Whip, starts acting hinky - vanishing for days and keeping secrets. Good, solid read - can't wait for the next book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    While you could actually read Tracy Clark’s latest Chicago mystery, Runner, without having read the previous three books, you can meet her PI, Cass Raines, and Cass’ found family if you start with the first book, Broken Places. However, Runner is the most intimate of the books, the one that allows readers to know Cass the best because of comments from those people who are closest to her. And, anyone who reads this book will witness Cass’ uncertainty when someone points out her determination. Tha While you could actually read Tracy Clark’s latest Chicago mystery, Runner, without having read the previous three books, you can meet her PI, Cass Raines, and Cass’ found family if you start with the first book, Broken Places. However, Runner is the most intimate of the books, the one that allows readers to know Cass the best because of comments from those people who are closest to her. And, anyone who reads this book will witness Cass’ uncertainty when someone points out her determination. That’s not exactly what they call it. Cass Raines is a Black PI in Chicago. When it doesn’t appear that the police are listening, Leesa Evans turns to Cass. Leesa’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Ramona, is missing. She’s been in the system for five years. Leesa isn’t proud of it because she was caught up in the drug life, and lost custody of Ramona. Ramona has been living in a foster home run by Delores Poole, but she ran away nine days earlier. When Cass asks questions, a cop, Detective Hogan insists he’s looking for Ramona. He was in the system, too, and he ran away himself. He even assures her a retired cop, Frank Martini, is looking for her. But, it’s winter in Chicago, and something just doesn’t seem right to Cass. Why would a teen run from a foster home that seems good? Ronald Short, Ramona’s case manager, insists Poole is a good foster mother. But, Raines isn’t happy that he spoke of Ramona and another girl in the past tense. Cass doesn’t know if there’s anything she can do that the cops haven’t done. But, they’re not as determined as she is. Cass understands what it feels like to be abandoned. Her father left her with her grandparents the day of her mother’s funeral. She’s built a family for herself including a nun and an ex-con she’s known since childhood. There’s the custodian of her building, and a safe refuge at a diner where she’s comfortable with the waitress. Although the story of a teen runaway can be grim, there are humorous moments, such as Cass’ discomfort when her waitress is not at the diner. She knows she’s a creature of habit. Cass Raines knows she has issues. She questions why she does things like this to herself, worrying about a pickpocket klepto, a missing ex-con, a runaway teenager. Cass cares. Do the cops really care about another runaway Black teenager whose mother was an addict? Two nuns, including her friend, Barb, seem to understand her, but it bothers Cass to hear Sister Marian tell her she’s “A control freak of the highest order.” It’s even worse when Sister Marian is mad at her. “You’re an obsinate woman. Bullheaded, singularly unwavering in your tenacity…and foolhardiness.” Her friend, Sister Barb, agrees. “You are stupidly tenacious.” If Cass Raines wasn’t so tenacious and foolhardy, she wouldn’t chase down a gang of street kids led by a teen named Scoot. She wouldn’t stand her ground when facing the kids who have weapons and a dog. And, she wouldn’t care so much about feeding every one of those street kids, wouldn’t care enough to not bring a weapon when meeting with them. Runner is a well-written, intriguing mystery. Where is Ramona? Why did she run, and who did she run from? Cass wants to find her, and keep her safe. But, there’s a powerful message here, told with anger and some humor. Who is going to keep all those street kids safe? Why are any of them out there, victims to all kinds of predators? It takes someone with Cass Raines’ background, her tenacity, to fight for homeless and forgotten teens. Runner is a story to be taken to heart and remembered.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cortney

    4.5 Stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Canaves

    PI fans should not miss this series which has so much to love. Not only is each book a solid mystery with a great PI lead, but there is also a nun best friend and a pickpocket klepto. Cass Raines was a former homicide cop who quit after a traumatic incident to become a PI. Her father figure was a priest, murdered in the first book, and she has two childhood friends currently in her life: a nun and a no-longer-criminal who is acting suspicious. Add in dating a recent divorcé with a not-happy-kid a PI fans should not miss this series which has so much to love. Not only is each book a solid mystery with a great PI lead, but there is also a nun best friend and a pickpocket klepto. Cass Raines was a former homicide cop who quit after a traumatic incident to become a PI. Her father figure was a priest, murdered in the first book, and she has two childhood friends currently in her life: a nun and a no-longer-criminal who is acting suspicious. Add in dating a recent divorcé with a not-happy-kid and Cass is full up on personal life things considering she likes to keep everyone a good arm’s distance out. So she focuses on work. The case involves a mother with a history of addiction who recently completed a program and is getting her life back in order. Her daughter, a teenager in foster care, has gone missing and no one is paying the case much attention; they’re just treating it as a runaway case and only see the mother as an addict who doesn’t have custody. But Cass takes the case and decides to look into it, trying her best to work with the assigned police detective on the case and the retired cop also helping out. And by that I mean that Cass is going to piss a lot of people off, because don’t tell her what to do and don’t stand in her way. I like her a lot. This is one of the few series that I am always up to date with: I love the characters, am always treated to a great mystery that walks readers through an entire case, and I don’t feel so bad sweating during summer while reading about the brutal Chicago winter. You can jump in here mid- series because anything you need explained is, but I do recommend enjoying the entire series and getting to know Cass and her small circle of peeps–including the diner she’s obsessed with: Broken Places. (TW side character brief mention of cancer/ suicide scene discovered/ suicide scene, detail/ mentions forced adoption without parent consent) --from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: https://link.bookriot.com/view/56a820...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Gritty, engaging, and propulsive! In this engrossing fourth instalment in the Cass Raines series, Runner, Clark has written a fast-paced thrill ride that takes us into the life of the tenacious PI Cassandra Raines as she takes on a new case to find a fifteen-year-old foster care runaway who seems to have a lot of concerned people out on the icy Chicago streets looking for her, but as clues start to surface, and motivations don’t seem to be quite as altruistic as they first appeared, it will quick Gritty, engaging, and propulsive! In this engrossing fourth instalment in the Cass Raines series, Runner, Clark has written a fast-paced thrill ride that takes us into the life of the tenacious PI Cassandra Raines as she takes on a new case to find a fifteen-year-old foster care runaway who seems to have a lot of concerned people out on the icy Chicago streets looking for her, but as clues start to surface, and motivations don’t seem to be quite as altruistic as they first appeared, it will quickly become a race against time to find and protect Ramona from those who supposedly care. The writing is tight and intense. The characters are raw, vulnerable, and resourceful. And the plot unravels quickly into a suspenseful mix of twists, turns, manipulation, familial drama, lies, secrets, corruption, coercion, violence, and murder. Overall, Runner is a fast-paced, tortuous, complex tale by Clark that does an exceptional job of reminding us that money and greed can easily sway perspective and is, in fact, often the root of all evil. Thank you to Kaye Publicity & Kensington Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Small stones cause big ripples. Tracy Clark shifts scenes rapidly in Runner and provides a panoramic view of Chicagoland with P.I. Cass Raines slipping in and out of dark corners and tight entry ways. Cass, a former police officer in the CPD, is a private detective who is good at her job and solid in her word. Cass meets up with Leesa Evans in one of Chicago's famous fast food icons, White Castle. With a sack of burgers in hand, Cass sits across from Leesa. Leesa nervously tells her that her fifte Small stones cause big ripples. Tracy Clark shifts scenes rapidly in Runner and provides a panoramic view of Chicagoland with P.I. Cass Raines slipping in and out of dark corners and tight entry ways. Cass, a former police officer in the CPD, is a private detective who is good at her job and solid in her word. Cass meets up with Leesa Evans in one of Chicago's famous fast food icons, White Castle. With a sack of burgers in hand, Cass sits across from Leesa. Leesa nervously tells her that her fifteen year old daughter, Ramona, has run away. Ramona has been in foster care while Leesa tries to stay ahead of drugs and a wayward life. She's saving for an apartment when she and Ramona can be reunited. With little to go on, Cass hits the streets and follows leads in the limited life of a fifteen year old. Ramona has no friends to speak of and a part-time job. To complicate things, Ramona is a chronic runaway and the police seem to think that Ramona will turn up on her own. Cass isn't so sure when two weeks go by and no sign of Ramona. To add to even more doubt in the case, Ramona left everything behind. Too quick of a departure in Cass' mind. And a clue from one of Ramona's co-workers leads Cass to believe that this is a situation far bigger than a runaway girl. Not to worry if you've not read any of the prior Cass Raines Series. Runner reads as a fast-paced standalone. Tracy Clark insures her readers that they can hit the ground running right alongside Cass from the get-go. Clark has a winner in the likes of Cass who is a thirty-six year old black woman with amazing analytical skills and Chicago street smarts. Cass is highly driven when she takes on a case and highly compassionate to those who keep getting rained on in life. Runner incorporates snappy dialogue spoken boldly by those who find the streets as their home. It has niches of humor as well in an unlikely duo of nuns who give Cass hell around every corner. These nuns minister to the homeless and the runaways and are as tough as nails. And Tracy Clark takes us to Cass' stompin' grounds involving a bevy of her friends and neighbors. The investigations are top drawer and complicated with an excellent storyline taken from big city life. Seriously sayin', Tracy Clark can't write fast enough for her many, many fans. Bravo, just bravo. I received a copy of Runner through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Kensington Books and to Tracy Clark for the opportunity.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jan Fore

    Runner Tracy Clark June 29, 2021 Clark gives us number 4 in the Chicago Mystery/Cass Raines series. Cassidy Raines is an ex-cop. She was so tired of seeing the people hurt, the children left by their parents on the street or abandoned apartments. She’s become a Private Investigator. She handles all sorts of cases but prefers to search for those who are missing. Parents or family paying to have her help find their loved ones. Leesa Evans is a mother who loved her daughter, Ramona. Trying to keep her Runner Tracy Clark June 29, 2021 Clark gives us number 4 in the Chicago Mystery/Cass Raines series. Cassidy Raines is an ex-cop. She was so tired of seeing the people hurt, the children left by their parents on the street or abandoned apartments. She’s become a Private Investigator. She handles all sorts of cases but prefers to search for those who are missing. Parents or family paying to have her help find their loved ones. Leesa Evans is a mother who loved her daughter, Ramona. Trying to keep her safe while also leaving the drug addiction behind. Ramona was placed in foster care with a family she loved. They cared for her. The day came, as it does often in foster care, that a counselor from Child Support Services turned up at the door. The time had come to transfer Ramona to a new home. There are never reasons why the child is moved, it just happens. She was placed with Delores Poole, a woman who likes to say wonderful things about her home and the girls that live there. Unfortunately Delores is not as honest as she appears. In this case Ramona disappeared after a short while at the Poole household. Although the police were contacted, Evans never heard about the progress, if any that they were making on the case. Leesa contacted Cassidy Raines for help in locating her 15 year old daughter. Runner takes place in winter in Chicago. Our protagonist, Raines, finds the weather nasty and life difficult. Her tone is honest yet humorous. Living in the midwest will do that to you. I appreciate Clark’s writing style. Cass Raines lives where the people live - apartments that have to be buzzed into and restaurants are underneath or next to many. The mystery is well written and easy to read. I enjoyed this one and must look into more of Tracy Clark’s novels. Runner will be published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on June 29, 2021. I appreciate their allowing me to read and review Clark’s newest book. The Chicago Mystery series is a good one to follow. Not into a series? Runner is a good read as a single. Do pick up this one and by all means - Enjoy!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jan Fore

    Runner Tracy Clark June 29, 2021 Clark gives us number 4 in the Chicago Mystery/Cass Raines series. Cassidy Raines is an ex-cop. She was so tired of seeing the people hurt, the children left by their parents on the street or abandoned apartments. She’s become a Private Investigator. She handles all sorts of cases but prefers to search for those who are missing. Parents or family paying to have her help find their loved ones. Leesa Evans is a mother who loved her daughter, Ramona. Trying to keep her Runner Tracy Clark June 29, 2021 Clark gives us number 4 in the Chicago Mystery/Cass Raines series. Cassidy Raines is an ex-cop. She was so tired of seeing the people hurt, the children left by their parents on the street or abandoned apartments. She’s become a Private Investigator. She handles all sorts of cases but prefers to search for those who are missing. Parents or family paying to have her help find their loved ones. Leesa Evans is a mother who loved her daughter, Ramona. Trying to keep her safe while also leaving the drug addiction behind. Ramona was placed in foster care with a family she loved. They cared for her. The day came, as it does often in foster care, that a counselor from Child Support Services turned up at the door. The time had come to transfer Ramona to a new home. There are never reasons why the child is moved, it just happens. She was placed with Delores Poole, a woman who likes to say wonderful things about her home and the girls that live there. Unfortunately Delores is not as honest as she appears. In this case Ramona disappeared after a short while at the Poole household. Although the police were contacted, Evans never heard about the progress, if any that they were making on the case. Leesa contacted Cassidy Raines for help in locating her 15 year old daughter. Runner takes place in winter in Chicago. Our protagonist, Raines, finds the weather nasty and life difficult. Her tone is honest yet humorous. Living in the midwest will do that to you. I appreciate Clark’s writing style. Cass Raines lives where the people live - apartments that have to be buzzed into and restaurants are underneath or next to many. The mystery is well written and easy to read. I enjoyed this one and must look into more of Tracy Clark’s novels. Runner will be published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on June 29, 2021. I appreciate their allowing me to read and review Clark’s newest book. The Chicago Mystery series is a good one to follow. Not into a series? Runner is a good read as a single. Do pick up this one and by all means - Enjoy!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Sobel

    At two in the morning during another unforgiving Chicago winter, private investigator Cass Raines would much rather be cozied up at home than sitting in an over-heated burger joint waiting for a potential client. When the woman arrives, Cass learns that Leesa Evans has had a hard life, one of her own making through a series of bad decisions. Her drug addiction caused her to lose her daughter to foster care. Now clean, her road to recovery is still a work-in-progress, but she desperately wants to At two in the morning during another unforgiving Chicago winter, private investigator Cass Raines would much rather be cozied up at home than sitting in an over-heated burger joint waiting for a potential client. When the woman arrives, Cass learns that Leesa Evans has had a hard life, one of her own making through a series of bad decisions. Her drug addiction caused her to lose her daughter to foster care. Now clean, her road to recovery is still a work-in-progress, but she desperately wants to get her daughter back and she needs Cass to help. Like all things requiring the services of a private investigator, there is no straight line from the start of a new case to its conclusion. This case is no different. Fifteen-year-old Ramona has gone missing from her current foster home and the police believe she’s just another run away. But Ramona is no ordinary runaway. Fearing for her life, she’s gone underground, finding refuge with a ragtag group of homeless kids who will do whatever it takes to protect one of their own. As Cass digs deeper into the world of abandoned children, she learns that the teenaged girl placed in the home before Ramona is missing as well. All is not as it appears to be with the picture-perfect, pearl-wearing foster mother. Or the man who placed Ramona into her care. With the clock ticking, Cass needs to find Ramona and learn her secrets before they both end up dead. In “Runner,” Book 4 in the “A Chicago Mystery Series,” Tracy Clark provides readers with a well-crafted mystery for fans—both old and new—of former homicide detective turned private investigator, Cass Raines. I received an advance reader's copy for review purposes from NetGalley.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Teisha

    It is great to read a story that features a Black woman as the main character and staying true to what her experiences are as a PI while making her relatable in every possible way. I like Cass Raines as a main character because she is multifaceted. She has a sense of humor, is passionate about what she does, and (at times) can be reckless for the sake of justice…all things that would make sense for her line of work. This was a decently paced story with enough subplots to keep things interesting It is great to read a story that features a Black woman as the main character and staying true to what her experiences are as a PI while making her relatable in every possible way. I like Cass Raines as a main character because she is multifaceted. She has a sense of humor, is passionate about what she does, and (at times) can be reckless for the sake of justice…all things that would make sense for her line of work. This was a decently paced story with enough subplots to keep things interesting without feeling like they are unnecessary to the main plot. It was easy to get equally sucked into Ramona’s story (the missing teenager who is the focus of the main plot) while also being concerned about the motives of Ramona’s case worker and mother. Clark’s exploration of “family” in its many forms (whether it is one’s biological family, chosen family, or family that is forced on you) is what really drew me into the story. From Ramona’s mother, the case worker in Ramona’s life, and Raines trying to reconcile her own feelings with her father/brother while trying to maintain her relationship with her childhood friends (as well as other examples in the story), Clark does a great job of demonstrating what family means depending on our circumstances. Sometimes it can be the one thing that saves us as well as the thing that could very well cause us harm. While this title is the fourth in the Cass Raines series, it reads like a standalone (although I would recommend reading the others titles...they're great!) A solid addition to the series! Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of Runner.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Cummings

    Is this just a simple a case of a teenager running away from home? Cassandra Raines knows that she needs to help Leesa Evans find her daughter but she just doesn't know if there will be a happy ending. Leesa hasn't had the best of luck in her life but she isn't going to give up on finding her daughter Ramona. They were just getting back on track with their relationship and she will give everything that she has to Cassandra just to find her. Cassandra knows that she can't just walk away and she ho Is this just a simple a case of a teenager running away from home? Cassandra Raines knows that she needs to help Leesa Evans find her daughter but she just doesn't know if there will be a happy ending. Leesa hasn't had the best of luck in her life but she isn't going to give up on finding her daughter Ramona. They were just getting back on track with their relationship and she will give everything that she has to Cassandra just to find her. Cassandra knows that she can't just walk away and she hopes that she can give Leesa that second chance with her daughter. The Police have no leads but then again she is a chronic runaway and they think that she will just come back as before. But this time there is something different going on. The more Cassandra digs into Ramona's foster life the more she knows that there is something going on with the system and that more girls have disappeared and no one is willing to talk. But that won't stop her from finding out where Ramona is and what is really going on. But now one of the suspects is dead and she just doesn't know how she can trust expect Detective Hogan who has been giving her a hard time. Will they be able to find out the truth about all the missing girls? A good solid read. I was lucky enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margie Bunting

    The author's Chicago Mystery series is, for me, the epitome of what a PI novel should be--a dynamic-but-damaged protagonist, a couple of eccentric, long-time friends (one ex-con, one nun) who figure in the mystery in various ways, a vivid setting (Chicago in the frigid winter), and a tense plot that kept me reading breathlessly until the end, without unnecessary graphic violence. This is the fourth book featuring Cass Raines, who was formerly a police detective. A desperate recovering alcoholic The author's Chicago Mystery series is, for me, the epitome of what a PI novel should be--a dynamic-but-damaged protagonist, a couple of eccentric, long-time friends (one ex-con, one nun) who figure in the mystery in various ways, a vivid setting (Chicago in the frigid winter), and a tense plot that kept me reading breathlessly until the end, without unnecessary graphic violence. This is the fourth book featuring Cass Raines, who was formerly a police detective. A desperate recovering alcoholic mother contacts Cass for help finding her 15-year-old daughter, Ramona, who has disappeared from her foster home without a trace. By all accounts, this foster home is one of the good ones, so it is unclear whether Ramona simply ran away or . . . Cass prefers to work alone, but she finds herself cooperating with the detective on the case and--reluctantly--with another former detective who has insinuated himself into the case, as well as some lowlifes who might be able to hook her up with the information she needs. A dead body is found wearing the remains of a familiar-looking necklace. And some of the persons of interest are beginning to look even dodgier. There's a cliffhanger at the end, although not with the main plot, so I'm happy to say that must mean the series will continue! Added bonus: the book is less than 300 pages long.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Thank you to Kensington for this ARC, which I received via NetGalley. Runner is the fourth book in this series, and as someone new to it I was able to jump in with no trouble at all. Clark has a knack for revealing details at just the right time, whether they're the main character's back story, current connections, or details in the mystery she's investigating. Cass Raines is investigating the disappearance of Ramona Titus, a 15 year old runaway, in the freezing Chicago winter. Ramona's bio mom w Thank you to Kensington for this ARC, which I received via NetGalley. Runner is the fourth book in this series, and as someone new to it I was able to jump in with no trouble at all. Clark has a knack for revealing details at just the right time, whether they're the main character's back story, current connections, or details in the mystery she's investigating. Cass Raines is investigating the disappearance of Ramona Titus, a 15 year old runaway, in the freezing Chicago winter. Ramona's bio mom wants to know where she is; she doesn't have custody so she fled a foster care situation that seems safe. The reactions of those around Ramona who did know her vary from bafflement to dismissal for being a teenage foster kid. A missing child is heartbreaking, and the realities of what could happen aren't spared here. What is interesting is the cop assigned seems actually interested in finding her (but not without their own prejudices that get in the way) and a retired cop, Martini, has also involved themselves, so Cass isn't the only one looking. But their reasons for looking, as Cass discovers, are more than just finding Ramona. And Ramona may not be the only one missing connected to why she's gone. Clark keeps the pace moving and the readers on their toes as they hope for the best with Cass and prepare for the worst. An engaging mystery that readers won't be able to put down.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alicia (PrettyBrownEyeReader)

    This is the fourth book in the Chicago Mystery series by Tracy Clark. The novel revolves around a runaway teenager. Former Chicago Police Department detective, Cass Raines is hired to track down the adolescent. The city of Chicago is not only the setting of the novel but is very much a character in the novel. Cass fights the elements in search of the missing teenager. Clark does such an excellent job describing the weather that I felt the coldness of the wind and snow as I read this book in 90 de This is the fourth book in the Chicago Mystery series by Tracy Clark. The novel revolves around a runaway teenager. Former Chicago Police Department detective, Cass Raines is hired to track down the adolescent. The city of Chicago is not only the setting of the novel but is very much a character in the novel. Cass fights the elements in search of the missing teenager. Clark does such an excellent job describing the weather that I felt the coldness of the wind and snow as I read this book in 90 degree heat. Not only does Clark’s writing convey the weather but she also builds suspense. She has the reader on the edge of their seat as the main character goes through the streets of Chicago in pursuit of the runaway and finding out who is responsible. I did not read the previous books in the series. However, I didn’t feel like I was missing any information. The author gives enough back story so that I could follow along easily with no issues. I am interested in reading the other books in the series. Thank you KayePublicity for a review copy of this book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    TC

    Tracy Clark has done it again. Runner is another funny, exciting, wild ride with private investigator Cass Raines. When Cass is asked to find a runaway teenaged girl named Ramona it seems like a straight forward case. But as she digs deeper she finds that several people involved in Ramona's life are lying about what happened: her case manager from the foster agency, the retired cop looking into her disappearance, even her foster mother. The case becomes more dire as Cass discovers that Ramona ra Tracy Clark has done it again. Runner is another funny, exciting, wild ride with private investigator Cass Raines. When Cass is asked to find a runaway teenaged girl named Ramona it seems like a straight forward case. But as she digs deeper she finds that several people involved in Ramona's life are lying about what happened: her case manager from the foster agency, the retired cop looking into her disappearance, even her foster mother. The case becomes more dire as Cass discovers that Ramona ran because she had discovered something disturbing about the people she thought she could trust. I enjoy this series because Cass is complex, engaging character. She takes care of her friends and cares about helping people, even at the risk of her own safety. I hope there are more to come in the series, especially after how this one ended. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marie (IfCatsCouldRead)

    Although Runner is actually the fourth book in “A Chicago Mystery” series with African-American P.I. Cassandra Raines, I read it as a standalone and it stood on its own quite well! A girl in foster care, Ramona, has gone missing. Her biological mother, who lost Ramona due to drug addiction, hires Raines to find Ramona. Through the bleak, freezing Chicago snow, Raines does what she does…looks for any little clue that can help her reach her goal. This mystery is full of cops, former cops, child age Although Runner is actually the fourth book in “A Chicago Mystery” series with African-American P.I. Cassandra Raines, I read it as a standalone and it stood on its own quite well! A girl in foster care, Ramona, has gone missing. Her biological mother, who lost Ramona due to drug addiction, hires Raines to find Ramona. Through the bleak, freezing Chicago snow, Raines does what she does…looks for any little clue that can help her reach her goal. This mystery is full of cops, former cops, child agencies, homeless people, nuns, and racist small town policemen. You can feel Raines exhaustion and determination as she deals with a close friend’s absence, her boyfriend’s snotty teenage daughter, and a big (to her) change in her favorite restaurant while she figures out what happened to Ramona, I will definitely be going back to read the first three books in this series! Thank you to Kensington Books for the review copy. I loved it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    The CurvyJones

    Another fantastic release in the Cass Raines series! I seriously hope it never ends. I absolutely love how gritty and yet vulnerable Cass is and how hard she fights for the people who need her- not necessarily the people who hire her. On its face, this book is about Cass trying to find a runaway teen, but her spidey senses tell her that there's much more to this story. What unfolds is such a full and fast-paced telling of crooked cops and even crookeder (it's a word!) investigators. Enjoyed IMME Another fantastic release in the Cass Raines series! I seriously hope it never ends. I absolutely love how gritty and yet vulnerable Cass is and how hard she fights for the people who need her- not necessarily the people who hire her. On its face, this book is about Cass trying to find a runaway teen, but her spidey senses tell her that there's much more to this story. What unfolds is such a full and fast-paced telling of crooked cops and even crookeder (it's a word!) investigators. Enjoyed IMMENSELY. A note that this is a series you have to enjoy from the beginning to track the development of this character and fold her past into the present so if you haven't read this from the beginning, go back and do that now. You won't regret it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Runner was my introduction to author, Tracy Clark. Cass Raines is a smart, hardworking Black woman who is a former homicide cop. Now she works as a private detective in Chicago. Leesa Evans hires her to find her fifteen year old daughter, Ramona Titus, who ran away from her latest foster home nine days ago. Cass shares information with detective Dan Hogan, who lived in eight different foster homes when he was young. In addition, Cass gets help from her friends, one a nun and another a pick pocke Runner was my introduction to author, Tracy Clark. Cass Raines is a smart, hardworking Black woman who is a former homicide cop. Now she works as a private detective in Chicago. Leesa Evans hires her to find her fifteen year old daughter, Ramona Titus, who ran away from her latest foster home nine days ago. Cass shares information with detective Dan Hogan, who lived in eight different foster homes when he was young. In addition, Cass gets help from her friends, one a nun and another a pick pocket, and pieces together why Ramona ran away. In what little free time she has, she sees a divorcee with an angry daughter. This book worked well as a stand alone, had interesting characters, action and suspense, and ended well. I look forward to reading other books by Clark.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Diane Saul

    Cass former police officer turned private eye is asked by the Mother of a teenager who has run away from her foster home to try and find her. The more Cass gets into the case the more she begins to wonder if it is a simple case of a runaway or is there something more going on. There appear to be more missing girls that are all connected to the same agency. Cass doesn’t know who she can trust. This book is a mystery with a slow build to the conclusion. I had guessed most of it but still enjoyed t Cass former police officer turned private eye is asked by the Mother of a teenager who has run away from her foster home to try and find her. The more Cass gets into the case the more she begins to wonder if it is a simple case of a runaway or is there something more going on. There appear to be more missing girls that are all connected to the same agency. Cass doesn’t know who she can trust. This book is a mystery with a slow build to the conclusion. I had guessed most of it but still enjoyed the book. There are some good characters, clever dialogue and occasional humor. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    The fourth book in the series, I liked Runner even more than the first book! I originally checked out the series because it features a Black, female, detective-turned-PI and is written by a Black woman. Cass Raines is fully-formed, hard-boiled and still fun. As a foster parent, this case hit close to home - a foster youth (teen) runs away from a seemingly-perfect foster home and Cass is hired by her birth mom when it seems no one cares. I appreciated the realistic details of the system and the wa The fourth book in the series, I liked Runner even more than the first book! I originally checked out the series because it features a Black, female, detective-turned-PI and is written by a Black woman. Cass Raines is fully-formed, hard-boiled and still fun. As a foster parent, this case hit close to home - a foster youth (teen) runs away from a seemingly-perfect foster home and Cass is hired by her birth mom when it seems no one cares. I appreciated the realistic details of the system and the way it respected both the teen and her birth mom. I’ll be reading the next books in the series! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a free review copy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gail Burgess

    It's been a while since my last encounter with Cass Raines and I enjoyed getting reacquainted with her and her friends. This time she is hired to look for a teen aged girl missing from her foster home. The cops are also looking for her but her mother, a recovering alcoholic, doesn't trust them. Cass meets with the most recent foster mom who is almost too perfect to believe, the administrator of a foster placement agency and a retired cop who wants to work with her. She also meets with the Chicag It's been a while since my last encounter with Cass Raines and I enjoyed getting reacquainted with her and her friends. This time she is hired to look for a teen aged girl missing from her foster home. The cops are also looking for her but her mother, a recovering alcoholic, doesn't trust them. Cass meets with the most recent foster mom who is almost too perfect to believe, the administrator of a foster placement agency and a retired cop who wants to work with her. She also meets with the Chicago cop in charge of the operation who welcomes her extra eyes.... Cass isn't sure who she can trust, and so as usual she goes it on her own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andreas Tornberg

    Runner is the fourth book in the Cass Reines series. The book is fast paced, funny and well-written but unfortunately I didn't care much about the characters. I'm sure a lot of people will love this book but for me it's a solid crime thriller without that wow-feeling. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and Kensington for this ARC.. Runner is the fourth book in the Cass Reines series. The book is fast paced, funny and well-written but unfortunately I didn't care much about the characters. I'm sure a lot of people will love this book but for me it's a solid crime thriller without that wow-feeling. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and Kensington for this ARC..

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andreas Tornberg

    Runner is the fourth book in the Cass Reines series. The book is fast paced, funny and well-written but unfortunately I didn't care much about the characters. I'm sure a lot of people will love this book but for me it's a solid crime thriller without that wow-feeling. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and Kensington for this ARC.. Runner is the fourth book in the Cass Reines series. The book is fast paced, funny and well-written but unfortunately I didn't care much about the characters. I'm sure a lot of people will love this book but for me it's a solid crime thriller without that wow-feeling. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and Kensington for this ARC..

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mehva

    I ended up liking this book quite a bit, The main character, a PI looking for a missing girl, is very likeable, stubborn, set in her ways, funny, caring, and at times a big risk taker. The main story explores issues of race, poverty, homeless kids, addiction and even some very original nuns. Her descriptions were very real, we felt with her the cold of chicago winters and the places she saw.

  25. 5 out of 5

    amy boese

    Fans of Tracy Clark's Chicago Mysteries will be thrilled by her newest installment. Filled with icy descriptions of Chicago winter juxtaposed with the tentative life of foster kids, especially Black and Brown kids in tenuous circumstances, Clark writes about found family and what home means, even if it is fleeting. Fans of Tracy Clark's Chicago Mysteries will be thrilled by her newest installment. Filled with icy descriptions of Chicago winter juxtaposed with the tentative life of foster kids, especially Black and Brown kids in tenuous circumstances, Clark writes about found family and what home means, even if it is fleeting.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steven Zacharius

    A wonderful writer who is able to keep the suspense going throughout out the whole book. I’ve read the entire series to date and they’re all equally good reads. If you like reading a book with a strong woman as the lead investigator in a puzzling case, you’ll want to read this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    Tracy Clark delivers another stellar novel for her Cass Raines series that had me shivering from the cold and heated up for justice. Clark writes with the perfect balance of dogged sleuthing, Chicago style, and authentic characters. A must-read author for contemporary crime fiction.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Ash

    RUNNER will make you shiver, whether from the intense descriptions of Chicago winter or the dangerous secrets Cass Raines uncovers as she helps a recovering drug addict find her missing teen daughter. Mixed with humor and well-drawn characters, the twisted plot takes us to the dark side of the city and human nature through writing that seems effortless. While this is the 4th book in the series, it works as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading the previous three books at some point to flesh out RUNNER will make you shiver, whether from the intense descriptions of Chicago winter or the dangerous secrets Cass Raines uncovers as she helps a recovering drug addict find her missing teen daughter. Mixed with humor and well-drawn characters, the twisted plot takes us to the dark side of the city and human nature through writing that seems effortless. While this is the 4th book in the series, it works as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading the previous three books at some point to flesh out the interesting life of Cassandra Raines, a disillusioned cop turned PI, who throws herself into danger to help others find justice. You will want to spend more time with this author.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Keisha

    I love this series and Cassie Raines. I look forward to reading the next installment!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sue Davis

    Interesting story, not that great.

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