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Running the Race

By Margaret Goldik

A review of Running The Race by N. A. T. Grant

Published on January 1, 2006

Running The Race
N. A. T. Grant

Llumina Press
$15.95
paper
152pp
15952611303

On the last page of the thriller Race without Rules Grant left the reader with Megan Brodie poised to make a decision: fight or flee? A neo-Nazi terrorist group, still functioning despite infiltrator Karl Treiger’s best efforts, was in Montreal setting off biochemical time bombs in the water supply, and several people were attacked when they got in the way.

This fast-paced sequel, the second in the projected Race trilogy, has tighter writing and plotting than the first book. In Running the Race Megan’s mysterious Scottish grandfather comes front and centre to mobilise the good guys and hopefully redeem himself in Megan’s eyes. Megan finds renewal, but this is dashed when Treiger drowns during a mission to kill the neo-Nazi leader. Or so she thinks.

I still haven’t read Harry Potter – I’m waiting for the whole series to be finished – because I don’t like being left, figuratively speaking, tied to the railroad tracks with the hero. And although Running the Race doesn’t leave the reader in such an unnerving spot as Race Without Rules did, it is clear from a few clues that some loose ends have been left. And some are very close to home. mRb

Margaret Goldik is a former editor of the Montreal Review of Books.

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