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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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 familyhis mother is a respected judgederailed 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