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  • 09/2014
  • B00NG1E7N6
  • 210 pages
  • $9.99
Treadmill
Warren Adler, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Jack Cooper is an unhappy man, mind, body, and spirit. In the blink of an eye he loses his longstanding job to the bad economy, his mother to a fatal illness, and his wife to her secret lover. Beaten, broken, and crippled by tragedy, he withdraws from aspirations and passion, narrowing his life down to the simplest of routines in order to block out the pain. His day begins with a strenuous workout at the Bethesda Health Club, his personal oasis where his mind and body can be free, and ends in his tiny apartment, where he escapes from reality with his books until he can lose himself in sleep. Nothing more, nothing less.

That is, until he meets the enigmatic Mike Parrish. Stolen from the hospital as a newborn and passed around from household to household, Parrish has no official identification. To the government and the world at large, he does not exist. He is an anonymous drifter, and the first person that has a conversation with Cooper in months and months. He finds solace in his friendship with Parrish, a man who understands Cooper’s plight and is sympathetic to his pain.

Jack Cooper is an unhappy man; mind, body, and spirit. In the blink of an eye, he lost his job to the bad economy, his mother to a fatal illness, and his wife to her secret lover. Beaten, broken, and crippled by tragedy, he withdraws into total isolation, maintaining the simplest of routines in order to block out his pain. Cooper’s day begins with a strenuous workout at the Bethesda Health Club—his personal oasis where his mind and body are free—and ends inside his bare apartment, where Cooper escapes into his library of novels until he finally loses himself in sleep. Nothing more, nothing less. That is, until he meets the enigmatic Mike Parrish. 

Stolen from the hospital as a newborn, and passed around from household to household, Parrish has no official identification. To the government and the world at large, he does not exist. He is an anonymous drifter, but also the first person who breaks through Cooper’s emotional confinement. Cooper finds solace in his friendship with Parrish, a man who understands his plight and is sympathetic to his pain.

But then Parrish suddenly disappears, leaving Cooper to search for a virtually invisible man. As he looks for clues as intangible as ghosts, and chases leads as fleeting as shadows, his search leads him back to the one place he called his refuge: the Bethesda Health Club. 

How much can be taken from a man before he has nothing to lose?

Reviews
In this darkly humorous thriller from Adler (Cult), it takes a little while for the contours of the tricky plot to become apparent, but the payoff is well worth the delay in gratification. Jack Cooper has hit a rough patch in his life. His mother has just died, his wife has left him for another man, and he’s lost his advertising job. In his loneliness, he buys two weeks’ worth of microwavable meals and eats them without tasting them. Jack’s sole regular social outlet is a health club in Bethesda, Md., frequented by Mike Parrish, an acquaintance. Jack gets used to working out at the same time as Parrish and is disconcerted when he suddenly stops showing up at the gym. When Jack’s curiosity and unease at the change in routine lead him to ask questions, strange things begin happening that only stoke his suspicions that Parrish is a victim of foul play. Very few readers, if any, will anticipate what the truth turns out to be. (BookLife)
Amazon reader review

A page turner about a normal man whose soul and being are crushed emotionally by misfortune and betrayals. I loved the way the author portrayed the feelings of the protagonist, it was so real and lifelike that you couldn't help but feel for him. Being a workout fanatic myself the description of the gym setting and behavior of the patrons was surreal. Not to give away the story this is a must read novel and one of my top 10 reads so far in 2014!I'd like to thank NetGalley for the ARC.

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Ebook Details
  • 09/2014
  • B00NG1E7N6
  • 210 pages
  • $9.99

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