When a deranged loner kills twenty-six people in a Pennsylvania schoolyard, the country is stunned and devastated. Among those catatonic with grief is Jo Matheson, an organic farmer who has lost her goddaughter in the shooting.Sam Jackson, an egotistical right-wing TV talking head, has sliding ratings and faces imminent cancellation. He arrives in Pennsylvania and during a rant, he blames the parents of the dead children. He intends the tirade to be his last salvo but, incredibly, his ratings climb, while Jo watches from her farmhouse in upstate New York, incensed.Sam rides the wave, shouting that it's time to take the country back from the left-wing weaklings who don't have the courage to protect their children. When he is asked to run for Congress, he accepts and amplifies his message. Watching these developments in horror, Jo finally decides that there actually is something she can do.She kidnaps Sam's ten-year-old daughter.
The Hamilton Spectator: https://www.thespec.com/entertainment/books/review/2020/05/27/new-thriller-by-dunnville-author-set-in-the-weird-world-of-trumpian-politics. Blurb: "The Goliath Run" is a fast and compelling read, fuelled by a delightful cast of characters. Prairie Books Now: https://prairiebooksnow.ca/articles/view/crime-novel-explores-how-style-and-bombast-trumps-substance-and-truth Blurb: Crime novel explores 'how style and bombast trumps substance and truth'. "One of Canada's best crime novelists." — Winnipeg Free PressSmith delivers a timely story with memorable characters, satisfying twists and turns, and a breakneck pace that keeps the pages turning. Witty and riveting." — Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for HumourSmith's most recent book is a fine-tuned attack on the extremes of Donald Trump's most rabid supporters. — John Lawrence Reynolds, three-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for mystery fiction