Nathan's Run - John GilstrapLittle, Brown & Co., 1996, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled at the edges. Leans slightly. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “Already creating a worldwide sensation and destined to become a major motion picture, Nathan’s Run will touch the heart of anyone who’s ever reached out for a helping hand, battled against impossible odds, or searched for a sign that they, too, matter.
Beginning with a savage killing at a suburban Virginia juvenile detention centre, Nathan’s Run shuttles its diminutive protagonist, twelve-year-old Nathan Bailey, through a terrifying gauntlet. Accused of murder and branded a cop-killer, Nathan becomes the target of a nationwide manhunt even as a vicious hitman is closing in on him. Orphaned and alone, Nathan has nowhere to turn for help.
To stay alive he can count only on himself, on his agility, natural cleverness and honesty. Ironically, the latter proves a formidable weapon as the boy endears himself to a national radio talk host and, along the way, pleads his case to a rapt nation.
Still, justice will not be denied, and as an army of police and a dogged contract killer draw closer, Nathan is tested to the very limits of his endurance.
Ultimately it will fall to one heart-scarred police officer to hold out the helping hand Nathan so sorely needs.
Electrifying, achingly poignant, and filled with profound insights into the war society wages against its children, Nathan’s Run is a truly remarkable debut.”