RUN NO MORE
Thirty years ago, wealthy cat burglar Ian MacPherson was betrayed by apprentice Alex Farrell. While the two were attempting to steal a magical red tourmaline stone called Milagre, Alex cut Ian's lifeline, causing him to fall, break his back and get caught. In the ensuing years, wheelchair bound and in prison, Ian has plotted his revenge.
Young Tasya Flynn has had a series of nightmarish experiences that have emboldened her. Starving and desperate, Tasya plans on robbing wealthy Ian's house, but instead becomes his new apprentice. Ian never figures he'll fall in love with a woman so much younger than he is, or that she'll return the affection. But after having experienced the worst men have to offer, Tasya, when faced with Ian's kindness, isn't deterred by his age and disability.
Regrettably, events take a tragic turn and threaten any chance of happiness. But there's a legend about the Milagre stone—one so fantastical that if it's true, it could mean a second chance for them both.
Every now and then a story comes along that has characters so vivid and a plot so original that it almost defies description. Run No More is guaranteed to put Mulvany's name on the map. (Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)
Jill M. Smith