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When Coleman Lang finds his girlfriend Gina dead in his New York City apartment, he thinks nothing could be worse… until he becomes the prime suspect.

Desperate to uncover the truth and clear his name, Coleman hits the streets. But there’s a deranged Italian hitman, an intuitive cop, two US Marshals, and his ex-wife all on his tail. And trying to piece together Gina’s murky past without dredging up his own seems impossible. Worse, the closer he gets to Gina’s killer, the harder it is to evade the clutches of the mysterious organisation known only as Janus – from which he’d long since believed himself free.

Packed with plot twists, suspense and an explosive climax, The Janus Run is an edge-of-the-seat, breathtaking thriller – NYC noir at its finest.

REVIEWS OF The Janus Run

“To call The Janus Run gripping is understatement writ large. But perhaps all you need to know is this – while reading it on the train I missed my station, completely absorbed by what was unfolding, which is the first time that has happened… Douglas Skelton has written a thriller truly worthy of the name.” Alistair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae

“Wow! If ever there was a book that was crying out to be made into a film, it’s this one… Brilliantly executed, packed with colourful and vibrant characters. It’s pacy, with smart dialogue and a fabulous sense of place. This is thriller writing of the highest quality.” Random Things Through My Letterbox blog

“Dynamite … whip-smart dialogue … high-octane and full of tension, littered with car chases, shootouts, and cross and double-cross … Highly recommended.” Raven Crime Reads

“A book that sinks its teeth into its readers like a Rottweiler and simply never lets go: the main difference being that this is an extremely enjoyable experience.” Undiscovered Scotland

“A breakneck New York thriller - I can’t wait to read the next one.” Mason Cross

“Skelton really delivers with The Janus Run: the pace is relentless, the sense of place authentic, a story that draws you in and won’t let go till the final page.” Craig Russell

“Ludlum meets Grisham in this fast-paced, fast-talking New York City thriller. Fascinating and utterly compelling.” Denzil Meyrick

“What do you get if you mix a deep-cover agent, a witness protected mob member, a psychotic killer and more action than you can pull a trigger at? Welcome to the wonderful, high speed, rollercoaster planet that is Douglas Skelton’s The Janus Run.” Gordon Brown

Bullet-ridden, bold, brilliant, The Janus Run hits its stride on the first page and hurtles to its conclusion with the speed of a runaway subway. Utterly unmissable.” Neil Broadfoot

“This is brilliant-black-diamond hard writing. The reawakening of Coleman Lang after the murder of his girlfriend, and the ever-growing realization of the depth of his predicament, and of those around him, both loved and despised, is brutal and enthralling. You never know where the next bullet is coming from. You’d better hang on tight for this one.” Mark Leggatt

“A defining work by our finest emerging crime fiction talent.” Quintin Jardine


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The Janus Run

About the author

Douglas Skelton

Douglas Skelton, longlisted for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2016, is a writer who specialises in the darker side of things: he’s a former journalist who has published 11 true crime books. In 2011 he made the leap to writing crime fiction with the hugely successful series of Davie McCall thrillers, followed by the popular Queste series, featuring The Dead Don’t Boogie and Tag, You’re Dead.

“Darkly witty.” Sunday Times Crime Club

“A heady mixture of hardboiled detective novel and super-sharp black humour and it’s a winning combination that will keep you engaged throughout.” Crime Fiction Lover

“The plot rattles along at break-neck speed. is is modern pulp fiction at its best… fast-paced and flippant.” Alastair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae

“Absolutely brilliant. A quick-witted and vastly entertaining novel that takes Skelton into the crime fiction big league.” Alex Gray

“A white-knuckle, wisecracking thrill-ride.” Caro Ramsay

“Dark noir at its best … compulsive reading.” Mark Leggatt