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One-Way Ticket: A Brady Coyne Novel (Brady Coyne Mysteries) Hardcover – September 18, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Brady Coyne Mysteries (Book 23)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312358296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312358297
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Boston attorney Brady Coyne, a principled man in an often unprincipled profession, remains as fresh and appealing as ever in his 23rd outing (after 2006's Out Cold). Brady is enjoying an evening at home in his Beacon Hill townhouse watching the Red Sox on TV when Robert Lancaster, the son of a former client, phones and insists Brady see his father, Dalton, that same night. Dalton's about to leave the hospital after being treated for a savage beating from some thugs. When the lawyer and old client meet, Brady believes Dalton's claim he's conquered his gambling addiction, and hence couldn't have been assaulted by men he owed money to. Brady soon learns Robert's the one in debt to the mob, but his efforts to mediate are derailed when Robert's kidnapped. Though the kidnapper's identity and the final plot twist won't surprise genre-savvy readers, fans will cheer Tapply's engaging hero every step of the way. (Sept.)
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From Booklist

When Boston restaurateur Dalton Lancaster is mugged but not robbed, he instructs his son, Robert, to call Brady Coyne, his lawyer and friend, rather than the police. The elder Lancaster, the son of a prominent Boston family—his mother is a respected judge—derailed his future with a gambling addiction. What should have been a life among Boston's legal elite instead became a struggle to avoid wagering while owning a series of marginally successful restaurants. Coyne assumes the beating was a message to accelerate payment on a gambling debt, but Lancaster swears he hasn't gambled in years. Coyne's digging reveals that the younger Lancaster has his own gambling addiction and is deeply in debt to the Boston Mob. Things get worse when Robert is kidnapped and held for ransom, and the family refuses to involve law enforcement for fear of negative publicity. The latest in the revered Coyne series contains all the ingredients readers have come to expect: excellent plotting; conversational, friendly narration; and a compelling secondary story line focused on Coyne's private life. Lukowsky, Wes

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The storyline was excellent and, as always, the writing perfect.
He finds himself negotiating with Tony Soprano's Massachusetts counterpart - and sounding a lot like Robert Parker's Spenser.
Dr. Cathy Goodwin
One-Way Ticket is one of the best Brady Coyne novels in some time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Twentyish Robert Lancaster calls attorney Brady Coyne from the New England Medical Center to inform him that his dad, the lawyer's law school roommate and fishing friend, was in the emergency room after three thugs beat him up as a warning to pay off his gambling debt within a week or else. Brady quickly learns the physical message was delivered by those in the pay of Boston mobster Paulie Russo, son of the North End crime kingpin Vincent. He also finds out that the victim owes nothing, but that Robert, being a chip off the old block, has run up the debt. Apparently like his dad, he has a horrific gambling addiction too.

Not long after Brady tries to mediate with the Russo mob on behalf of his father-son clients, three thugs escort him to meet Paulie. The gangster chip off the old block wants Robert to intercede with his grandmother, Superior Court Judge Adrienne Lancaster, on a Russo case. Brady informs the Judge, who plans to remove herself from the case until a CD arrives starring a taped up Robert with demands including Brady serve as the middle man. As Brady struggles to free the son of his friend, his girlfriend Eve, who left him to spend time with her dying father, calls.

Except for the Judge recusing herself from the Russo case, this is not a legal thriller, but instead an entertaining crime tale that is a weaker Brady Coyne entry even if the attorney and his pals discuss 2004 as a one time aberration with the Buckner Syndrome being the norm. The story line is a ONE-WAY TICKET as Brady struggles with keeping the Lancaster duo safe from the mob, who demands payment in terms of fixing their court case. Fans of the series will enjoy the entry, but know the Red Sox are not in top form in this tale.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Butch VINE VOICE on August 23, 2008
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I was surprised by the good reviews for this one; I found it very dull. A good portion of the pages were filled with Brady's girlfriend, Evie, finding out that her father is ill and going to stay with him in California. OK. But for some reason, never explained or indeed mentioned as odd, she decides to tell Brady not to call her -- acting as though her father's illness means the end her relationship with Brady. Made no sense to me, and really, the number of pages of Brady moping became tedious.

As for the actual plot, well, again not much happens. An old friend of Brady's is beat up and then his (the friend's) son is kidnapped. The reasons don't -- at least on the surface -- take long to figure out. Then there is a "surprise", but it's not very surprising. I had hoped for a lot more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on January 30, 2009
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The title here seems to refer more to the romantic subplot than to the mystery. Evie is at least temporarily leaving Brady Coyne's life and this would be the main point of the title.However, this also deals with gambling addiction and that could metaphorically be called a one-way ticket. Anyway, this is the 2nd recent Brady Coyne book I've read, having read THE DUTCH BLUE ERROR long ago. I found it more engrossing and memorable than HELL BENT. I enjoyed the use of what may be the end of a relationship used as a counterpoint to the case at hand.Well, case may not be the right word since Coyne isn't really acting as a lawyer in this, but as the go-between in an unreported kidnappingas a personal favor for a former classmate and friend. The former friend crashed and burned as a gambling addict and now his son is following the same road owing a tremendous sum to a Boston mobster. He gets kidnapped apparantly for ransom by the mob,but Coye grows to suspect there's more to it than meets the eye.There's fair suspense here and sharp characterization of the victim's family including the guilt-ridden father, his present wife, the boy's mother, and his grandmother who just happens to be a judge. There's also an effective conlict between the judge and lawyer Coyne as to how the kidnap situation should be handled. Mystery fans won't fnd this a great challenge as a mystery puzzle, but the trip is exhilarating and not a one-way ticket at all, not for me. I will be awaiting the next Brad Coyne novel while I catch up on the previous ones in the meantime.
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This is the twenty-third book in William G. Tapply's long-running series featuring Boston attorney, Brady Coyne. The story begins when the son of a former client demands that Brady come to the emergency room late at night to see the former client who's been beaten by a trio of thugs. The former, and-soon-to-be-current client, Dalton Lancaster, tells Brady that he was not robbed and that he has no idea why he was attacked.

Brady knows that Lancaster is an allegedly reformed gambler and he assumes that Lancaster is gambling again and in debt to bad people who want their money. Lancaster insists that this is not the case, and digging deeper, Brady soon discovers that it is not Lancaster who now has the problem after all. Rather, it's Lancaster's son, Robert, who is now the compulsive gambler with a huge debt.

The situation becomes even more complicated when Robert is kidnapped and held for a large ransom. Naturally, the kidnappers tell the family not to bring in the cops, which means that Brady becomes the designated middle man who must now sort all of this out and attempt to bring the situation to a happy conclusion.

The main plot is serviceable enough, although it's not one of Tapply's better efforts. The real problem with the book, to the extent that there is one, involves Brady's personal life. For a long time, Brady was a bachelor who lived in a tiny condo, ate most of his dinners out of tin cans, and had quite a way with the ladies.

Several books ago, Tapply decided to domesticate Brady. He gave him a nice house with a yard, a dog, and a live-in girlfriend, Evie. Personally, though, I never bought into the Evie character or Brady's relationship with her. I never sensed any real chemistry there.
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