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The James Deans [Kindle Edition]

Reed Farrel Coleman
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Book Description

Still reeling from his wife's recent miscarriage, Moe Prager is bullied into taking the case of an up-and-coming politico whose career has stalled over the suspicious disappearance of a young woman. It's been almost two years since Moira Heaton, State Senator Steven Brightman's intern, vanished on Thanksgiving Eve 1981. In spite of Brightman's best efforts to clear his name, he has been tried and convicted in the press. As a reluctant Moe peels away the layers of the case, he discovers the tragic circumstances of Moira Heaton's disappearance are buried deep in the past and that there is another more heinous crime at the heart of it all. Will the ugly truth set Brightman free or will it bury all the players beneath the crumbling artiface of corruption, murder, and hate?

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About the Author

Called "a hard-boiled poet" by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and "the noir poet laureate" in the Huffington Post, Reed Farrel Coleman is the former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America. He has published fourteen novels: two stand-alones and three series, including seven books in the Moe Prager series. He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year and is a two-time Edgar Award nominee. He has also received the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards.

Product Details

  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (January 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WCUU5A
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moe is real! August 25, 2012
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Another excellent Moe Prager mystery. One of the things I like best about Moe is that he makes mistakes and sometimes has to backtrack and take another direction. The characters in this one were memorable and the plot was as good as they get. Be sure to read it. You won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery July 21, 2013
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When I read the first Moe Praeger mystery I went on and read all of them without stopping to read anything else. They are not the greatest stories in the world (except The Hurt Machine, which is very, very good) but they keep your interest and keep you reading. What's more they keep you interested in the main character, who becomes a real person to you. He even makes mistakes and goes off on wrong trails, and is very believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tale of New York corruption April 13, 2013
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My first Moe Prager novel, I was blown away. I had assumed it was written in the '80s, that's how uncannily the book recalls New York of the era. A gripping, funny, and emotionally powerful descent into family and politics, as the death of a young intern drags Moe into a web of manipulations and deceit that truly left my heart pounding for the climax. Moe is a great character, told in a great voice. As a lifelong Jerseyan he captures the feel of New York's biggest suburb perfectly for the brief trips there. And as a fan of New Yorkers Matt Scudder and Burke... they got some great company with Moses Prager.
A hell of a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Coleman reading March 16, 2013
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After reading Redemption Street by Mr.Coleman, I just had to buy all the books in the series. Moe Prager is an interesting character and the books have many twists and turns. I usually don't pay more than $1.99 for my Kindle books, but I forked over $6.99 each - that ought to tell you something!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! Love Moe Prager! February 26, 2013
By Lynn K.
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Moe Prager is a former NYC cop, a sometimes PI and half owner of a small upscale chain of wine shops. He had almost made detective with the NYPD when he was pensioned out because of a serious knee injury. He and his wife are struggling with their grief following Katy's miscarriage.

Bored to distraction with the retail liquor business, Moe almost doesn't mind when he is bullied into investigating the disappearance of Moira Heaton, a young intern to up and coming State Senator Steven Brightman (a la Chandra Levy and Gary Condit). Wealthy mover and shaker Thomas Geary has his mind set on backing Brightman for higher office and since Brightman is still under a cloud of suspicion because of Moira's disappearance, Geary strong arms Prager into taking the case to clear Sen. Brightman's name.

THE JAMES DEANS is a good mystery, with plenty of twists and turns. But the best part is Moe Prager. He's a likable protagonist, using his luck and hunches to get to the heart of Moira's disappearance as well as providing the reader with the color and flavor of Brooklyn, Coney island and surrounding boroughs. You can't miss with this one!

Lynn's note: My son and daughter-in-law bought me a bag of books for Christmas....thank you so much! Knowing how much I love to read, they're hard pressed to find mystery and thriller authors who are new to me. One of the books in the bag was THE JAMES DEANS by Mr. Coleman.

I was in the middle of a bunch of other books and finally started this one on February 12th. Since then, in the last fourteen days, I've literally plowed through the entire Moe Prager series -- all seven books --and I've loved them all! One of the nice things about Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read February 3, 2013
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If you are a Repairman Jack fan you will love "Moe Prager"! Try to read them in the order of publication.
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More About the Author

Called a hard-boiled poet by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and the "noir poet laureate" in the Huffington Post, Reed Farrel Coleman is the author of twenty novels. He has just been signed to continue Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone series and to begin a new series of his own for Putnam. He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel of the year and a three-time Edgar Award nominee in three different categories. He has also won the Audie, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony awards. He is an adjunct English instructor at Hofstra University as well as a founding member of Mystery Writers of America University. Reed lives with his family on Long Island.

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