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Where It Hurts (A Gus Murphy Novel)

by Reed Farrel Coleman

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Gus Murphy lives on Long Island - but not the trendy Hamptons end. A former cop, Gus's life fell apart when his son suddenly died, his marriage crumbled, and his daughter is still struggling to cope. Now, he works as a driver for a mediocre hotel - friendless, purposeless, and essentially numb to the world until a known criminal asks Gus to look into the brutal torture and murder of his own son. Why should Gus care? Even he isn't sure, but the plea from another grieving father gives him something different to do and gradually kindles the fire in his belly for justice. What he doesn't yet know is that the murder is a small part of a much bigger and more dangerous affair. But Gus can't walk away, even when he's advised multiple times to do so. Coleman creates a real and admirable character in Gus whom readers will cheer on as he scrapes and claws his way back to a life worth living - provided his unwanted questions don't get him killed. ( )
  bookappeal | May 16, 2017 |
I can't believe this author has written 20+ books, and I have never heard of much less read any of them. That is about to change.
Where It Hurts is an Excellent start to a new book series.
Gus Murphy hasn't been a cop since is son died 2 years ago, but he was a cop, a solid good cop, for 20 years. No he is a hollow shell of a man, when a lowlife from his past (Tommy D) reaches out to Gus, to ask for help, regarding the murder of his own son. Gus is soon buried in crosses and double crosses, doesn't know who if anyone in his old police department he can trust, yet the people warning him to stay away, and the dead bodies keep increasing.
The action is non stop, the story is well told, and more importantly it isn't filled with, "that would never happen" moments.
I can't wait to read the second book in the series, What You Break. ( )
  zmagic69 | May 2, 2017 |
Gus Murphy had it all. A job he liked and was good at, a nice home, and a wife and two kids he loved. And then one day, tragedy enters his life and everything falls apart. Now driving a curtesy van for a small hotel, Gus is approached by someone he knew in his former life, someone he had arrested in his former life. At first, Gus turns him down, but he soon has a change of heart. This case proves to be much more complicated than it first appeared, and the deeper Gus digs, the more dangerous it becomes. Packed with action and peopled with complex yet secretive characters, this suspense thriller will keep you turning pages. ( )
  Maydacat | Apr 30, 2017 |
From the writer that gave us Spenser, Moe Prager, and the new Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone, comes a new character, an ex-cop out of Suffolk County Long Island, "damaged goods"--in his own words, who, in this gritty, down-to-earth cop procedural turned life's-lessons-again-learned, we find a guy just trying to survive who can't help solving the puzzles that fall in his path, or feel for the down-and-outers who also deserve some kind of justice. In the process John Augustus "Gus" Murphy finds himself and comes to know that he was not at all who he'd always thought he was. I hope we see him again. Never a dull moment, nothing ever given away, and not a single character we can't either love or hate . . . or maybe even understand just a bit. ( )
  McHenrysPlace | Mar 15, 2017 |
Having read a couple of his Moe Prager books and one stand alone, I was interested in this first book of a new series by Coleman. disappointment was the result. This book is chock full of cliched dialogue, cliched situations and cliched PI stuff that an early writer might put out. Skip it. ( )
  jldarden | Jan 8, 2017 |
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From the critically acclaimed and award-winning author comes a gritty, atmospheric new series about the other side of Long Island, far from the wealth of the Hamptons, where real people live—and die. 
 
Gus Murphy thought he had the world all figured out. A retired Suffolk County cop, Gus had everything a man could want: a great marriage, two kids, a nice house, and the rest of his life ahead of him. But when tragedy strikes, his life is thrown into complete disarray. In the course of a single deadly moment, his family is blown apart and he is transformed from a man who believes he understands everything into a man who understands nothing.

Divorced and working as a courtesy van driver for the run-down hotel in which he has a room, Gus has settled into a mindless, soulless routine that barely keeps his grief at arm’s length. But Gus’s comfortable waking trance comes to an end when ex-con Tommy Delcamino asks him for help. Four months earlier, Tommy’s son T.J.’s battered body was discovered in a wooded lot, yet the Suffolk County PD doesn’t seem interested in pursuing the killers. In desperation, Tommy seeks out the only cop he ever trusted—Gus Murphy.

Gus reluctantly agrees to see what he can uncover. As he begins to sweep away the layers of dust that have collected over the case during the intervening months, Gus finds that Tommy was telling the truth. It seems that everyone involved with the late T.J Delcamino—from his best friend, to a gang enforcer, to a mafia capo, and even the police—has something to hide, and all are willing to go to extreme lengths to keep it hidden. It’s a dangerous favor Gus has taken on as he claws his way back to take a place among the living, while searching through the sewers for a killer.

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Gus Murphy thought he had the world all figured out. A retired Suffolk County cop, Gus had everything a man could want: a great marriage, two kids, a nice house, and the rest of his life ahead of him. But when tragedy strikes, his life is thrown into complete disarray. A gritty, atmospheric new series about the other side of Long Island, far from the wealth of the Hamptons, where real people live - and die.… (more)

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