The Runner

  • by Christopher Reich
  • Narrated by Stephen Lang
  • 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Rarely has a first novel achieved the kind of breathtaking critical acclaim garnered by Numbered Account, hailed by The New York Times as "smart", "sophisticated", and "wonderful". With The Runner, Reich dazzles us once again. Set against the seething backdrop of post-World War II Germany, The Runner weaves a complex and intricately plotted tale of cat and mouse. At the center of this fiercely compelling story is Devlin Judge, an American lawyer in Europe as part of the International Military Tribunal to try Nazi war criminals. Haunted by his own demons, Judge has a secret agenda: to find Erich Seyss, the Nazi responsible for his brother's death. An elite member of Hilter's SS and former Olympic sprinter known as "The White Lion", Seyss has just escaped from an American P.O.W. camp. Determined to avenge his brother and bring Seyss to justice, Judge is plunged into immediate pursuit, menaced at every turn by forces determined to keep him from his prey. Threatened from all sides, he'll enlist the help of Ingrid Bach, the beautiful daughter of one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany...and Seyss' former fiancee.
To track Seyss through the chaos of a destroyed nation, Judge will pay the ultimate price, putting his life on the line to reveal the dark conspiracy surrounding him. For as the hunter becomes the hunted, the chase for the White Lion becomes nothing less than a race to save the future of Europe itself.
Unfailingly gripping, rich in historical detail and brilliantly atmospheric, The Runner is a no-holds-barred powerhouse of a novel: a true masterwork from one of the most original storytellers to enrich the modern suspense novel.


What the Critics Say

"This is a wonderfully well written book, a sophisticated story of political intrigue, conspiracy, and treachery. Reich's evocation of post-war Germany in ruins has an uncanny sense of you-are-there; a trip into virtual reality: the author is a master of moody atmosphere and historic detail. A fascinating look at the world that existed between the hot war and the cold war, populated by larger-than-life characters who gamble for incredibly high stakes." (Nelson DeMille, author of Lion's Game)


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Entertaining but a bit flat

I was hooked by the sleeve description for this audio-book and the concept sounded fascinating. Regrettably the story itself is largely predictable and also one of the main protagonists ("the white lion") was just a character that was beyond my ability to understand or relate to. Except for in children's books the so called "bad guy" should be a character you can relate to in part if sections of the story are told from their point of view, instead he was just an unpleasant and quite detestable character.

The story as a whole was easy to anticipate and there were no real shocks or twists along the way.

However the narration by Stephen Lang was just superb and his voice was like melting chocolate and this more than made up for the shortfalls in the story.
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- D. M. York

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2008
  • Publisher: Random House Audio