Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: September 29, 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
Synopsis: Ex-con Jason Carr has faced down the toughest thugs in Cardiff, but being assistant to a brilliant, eccentric hacker who hasn’t been outdoors in ten years has its own challenges. Still, he and Amy Lane can solve cases even the cops can’t crack. And when a corpse washes up on a beach, Jason can’t resist chasing the clues—or defying Amy by infiltrating the very gangs he once escaped.
Amy is distraught when Jason’s pursuit gets him framed for murder. He’s thrown back in prison where he’s vulnerable to people who want him dead. He needs Amy to prove his innocence. Fast.
But Amy hasn’t been honest with him—her panic attacks aren’t getting better. And now, with everything that makes her feel safe ripped away, she must stand alone, using her technological skills to expose a baffling conspiracy and a new kind of online crime. Can she clear Jason’s name before danger closes in?
Series: The Amy Lane Mysteries
Review: CODE RUNNER is the second book in the Amy Lane Mysteries series. Jason’s going on holiday with his mum and his sister, but when a body washes up on the beach Jason’s back in work mode. Amy’s become seriously dependent on Jason and her issues have gotten worse, even though she’s trying to hide them. When Jason gets nicked for a crime he didn’t commit and sent to jail, Amy is distraught and tries to unravel the mystery on her own. CODE RUNNER has the main characters’ relationship more established and solid, which I liked. I don’t think you necessarily have to read the first book, BINARY WITNESS, in order to enjoy CODE RUNNER, but it always helps to have the background. I love the author’s writing style and the dynamic interplay between characters. The language is colorful, speckled with UK slang (of course, as the story is set Wales), and unique turns of phrase. I am a big fan of the Amy Lane Mysteries series and I hope we get another installment soon. I’ve grown to care about all the characters, especially Amy as there is something about her which speaks to me. Pick up CODE RUNNER for a different kind of mystery and adventure!