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Stoney M. Setzer lives in a small town about an hour south of Atlanta, GA, with his beautiful wife and three wonderful children. As a fiction writer, he strives to create suspenseful stories with spiritual (Christian) themes. Some of Stoney's stories have been described as "the Twilight Zone with a Christian worldview." His works have been featured in such publications as Residential Aliens, Fear and Trembling, Crossed Genres, and Christian Sci-Fi Journal, as well as a number of anthologies. Recently, he has also published an anthology of his own work entitled Zero Hour, which is available on www.amazon.com and at Smashwords. He is employed as a middle school special education teacher. When he isn't working or writing, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, visiting amusement parks, and watching the Atlanta Braves. He also maintains a blog at http://zerohourbystoneymsetzer.blogspot.com/
on Nov. 18, 2012 :
Dead Man Running is Stoney M. Setzer's first novel, which I had the privilege to 'beta read' this summer. I found a lot about it that I liked. It's a mystery/thriller and, while adult-themed, is a clean read which is a plus for those who don't want to always be on their guard against vulgar language. At times the plotting and characters get a bit predictable, but the premise had me intrigued (read the blurb) and kept me guessing early in the story. There are some twists and turns, but by and large this is a straight up suspense which wraps up nicely. A pretty fair debut novel.
Setzer's typical output has been short stories, "spiritual/cozy thrillers" (a few of which I've published at ResAliens) that have an old time pulpy feel to them. This novel is more in the vein of a "traditional" mystery/suspense and, as Setzer puts it, "perhaps closer to Hitchcock than Twilight Zone." If you enjoy straightforward storytelling that balances a few quirky characters and fast plotting, give Dead Man Running a try.
(reviewed the day of purchase)