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You Can Run But You Can't Hide    by Duane Chapman order for
You Can Run But You Can't Hide
by Duane Chapman
Order:  USA  Can
Hyperion, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet

Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, and Billy the Kid all made their living hunting bounties. These men who captured fugitives are the stuff of legend, even though the days of the Wild West belong to a long ago past. But today a new sheriff, Duane 'Dog' Chapman, has come to town, calling himself the greatest bounty hunter who ever lived. The silver star-shaped badge he wears on his black leather vest, the handcuffs that dangle at his waist, his tattoos, muscles and dark shades certainly give him the look of a modern day bounty hunter. And to reality tv viewers, he is arguably the best known man in his line of work.

On his television show Dog the Bounty Hunter, Chapman provides a look behind the scenes as he tracks down anyone evading the justice system. He's a tough guy, with a no-nonsense, tough as nails wife, and Dog's viewers love him for it. Now he offers up a glimpse into his past in You Can Run But You Can't Hide. The gritty autobiography reads like a training manual on how to become a bounty hunter. Dog begins with descriptions of his abusive father, then travels through his own biker gang days, spent in a haze of drugs and alcohol. Dog's arrest and incarceration for murder helped to set his life straight, along with a deep religious faith. In the end he uses his past as the bad guy and his knowledge of the wrong side of the law to ultimately make his corner of the world a safer place.

The caricature of a tough guy on television, Dog delves a bit deeper in his book. Not to say that rough edges are erased, but in between the fights and bringing down violent offenders, readers are offered a different side of the Dog. Behind the scenes they will uncover a man who fiercely loves his wife and children. It's a far cry from the muscled man we see who captures headlines and the dregs of society. But those who cheer for the Dog, will enjoy examining his life from a child the school system failed to convicted murderer to vacuum cleaner salesman to bounty hunter. It's a colorful journey and ones his fans will likely find interesting.

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