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For my review please visit my blog: Martin's View: Hurt Machine. ( )
  Martin_Maenza | Apr 14, 2017 |
(Moe Prager series #6) I'm about done looking to this series for anything more than more of the same. This seems like a good crime novel that wasn't developed into something better. Instead I see a writer punching the proverbial clock. ( )
  rwt42 | Oct 19, 2012 |
a great new book by this really wonderful author, don't miss it. it is another one of his mystery series. ( )
  barb302 | Apr 8, 2012 |
This was a pretty good book that I downloaded for my Kindle (free read). Moe Prager gets contacted by his former wife and business partner Carmella to investigate the death of her estranged sister. Moe and Carmella didn't have a friendly partling but he agrees to look into it. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and is facing surgery and treatment; so he is tying up loose ends in his life. If you like a good thriller this is for you. I will look into reading previous books with this character. ( )
  sms352 | Mar 9, 2012 |
According to his chronicler, Boswell, Dr. Johnson once said, "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." This latest Moe Prager novel opens with the unconventional detective and wine-shop owner receiving the ominous suggestion from his doctor that Moe might want to get his house in order. Hard on the heels of this unwelcome news, his ex-wife and business partner shows up, with a request that Prager look into the murder of her estranged sister, a woman held in popular contempt across the city. To say nothing of the preparations to be made for his daughter's upcoming wedding.

Concentrate? Very difficult. The book proceeds with Coleman's meticulous style, as Prager tries to hold at bay thoughts of mortality while digging into the murder. Along the way he is threatened by firefighters, stonewalled by his client, pressured from the city power-that-be, philosophizing on his own place and what, if anything, really matters. The plot builds line upon line to a conclusion that is satisfying, though the reader is left to wonder about the future - as Moe himself no doubt does.

Highly recommended. ( )
  lchav52 | Feb 19, 2012 |
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At a pre-wedding party for his daughter Sarah, Moe Prager is approached by his ex-wife and former PI partner Carmella Melendez. It seems Carmella's estranged sister Alta has been murdered, but no one in New York City seems to care. Why? Alta, a FDNY EMT, and her partner had months earlier refused to give assistance to a dying man at a fancy downtown eatery. Moe chips away until he discovers bureaucratic greed, sexual harassment, and blackmail. But is any of it connected to Alta's brutal murder?… (more)

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