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From Publishers Weekly

Family secrets and emotional hangups dominate the comfortably satisfying 25th and final Brady Coyne novel from Tapply (1940–2009). When Sharon Nichols finds her veterinarian ex-husband, Ken, stabbed to death in a suburban Boston hotel room, she phones Brady, a former neighbor of the couple, who rushes to the scene. As Sharon's lawyer, Brady tries to redirect police suspicion away from his client by exploring the victim's entanglement in selling date-rape drugs while juggling bad debts. To put it mildly, Brady discovers that Ken and Sharon had a less than idyllic personal life. While trying to help the emotionally fragile Sharon hold herself together, Brady must also sort out his prickly relationship with his son and cope with the moods of his own current lover. Convincing characters and a pleasant New England setting enhance a genuine play-fair mystery, despite several false leads.
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The late Tapply completed one last Brady Coyne novel before he died in 2009, and it’s a fitting finale to a fine series. As happens regularly, Boston lawyer Coyne is torn away from the comfortable routine of his easygoing practice by a friend in trouble. This time it’s the wife of a former neighbor, who calls Brady from a suburban hotel, where she is standing beside the body of her ex-husband, whom Brady had met the previous night for a drink. The police are interested in the wife, but Brady is convinced the murder has something to do with the couple’s disaffected children. The plot unwinds smoothly, but as always, what holds readers is Brady himself—the quintessential regular guy as sleuth, a man who likes his pleasures (fishing, food, the Red Sox, and the occasional beer) but whose sensitivity to human relationships hovers just below the surface of his amiable exterior. He will be sorely missed by fans of realistic crime fiction. Saying farewell to Brady Coyne is like losing a good friend. --Bill Ott
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Product Details

  • Series: Brady Coyne Novels (Book 25)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312531273
  • ASIN: B0055X6HCW
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tina on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge, huge fan of author William Tapply and I had been looking forward to reading Outwitting Trolls for the last year.

The thing about Tapply's books is that there is very little in the way of mayhem, car chases, sex, drugs and other "hooks" that can usually be found in mystery/thrillers. Rather, Tapply has always relied on strong character development and an interesting "whodunnit" to propel his story ahead.

In fact, lawyer Brady Coyne, who stars in most of Tapply's books (the Brady Coyne series anyway) is a wonderful, wonderful character that I have truly grown to love over the course of the years I have been reading Tapply's books. In reality, Brady Coyne is featured in 25 books - so I have had plenty of time to discover more about him AND to savor and enjoy each moment.

Outwitting Trolls is another example of a wonderfully crafted story that felt all too short to me. Brady is getting older, but is still a reflective, animal loving. calm force that I have discovered in previous books. He solves problems with sense and words - not with guns and violence.

The whoddunit is about figuring things out - about thinking instead of running around like a maniac. I had to admit that I did have the whole thing figured out by about halfway through the book but I just don't care - because a huge part of the fun for me is reading about Brady's life and how he seems to get himself into all kinds of weird situations.

If this review sounds a little bit gushy it is because I am very sad to say that Brady Coyne is no more. Author William Tapply passed away last year and as it is clearly indicated on his website and on the jacket of this book - Outwitting Trolls is the last "completed" Brady Coyne novel that has been found by Tapply's family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stevens VINE VOICE on December 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Outwitting Trolls" is such a great title. Based on William G. Tapply's crammed award shelf and the clever title, my hopes were high. This was apparently Tapply's last novel so I'm not sure if it's representative of all "Brady Coyne" novels. It's interesting to me that they aren't pegged as `Brady Coyne mysteries' because this one, at least, follows the standard mystery trajectory. Dead body in the first few pages, lawyer and cops spar over the investigation, lawyer works to clear the number one suspect, lawyer trips across another dead body and through good sleuth work and keen attention to detail, he figures out who really did it and then faces one potentially deadly confrontation at the end. Except for a couple of off-screen deaths, in fact, "Outwitting Trolls" is a non-violent mystery. Brady Coyne is as apt to grab a cold beer and sit on the back porch thinking about the problems with his case--or thinking about his relationship with his son, his ex or his current girlfriend--as he is to do anything else. He's a thinking man's detective. He has no apparent flaws. He loves his dog, will rescue orphan cats and refers a psychologically damaged wife of the murder victim to the best therapist in town. If you are seeking "action," seek elsewhere. Coyne follows the dots, takes things one step at a time. It's not a particularly complex puzzle, just one that requires work. Coyne has an idyllic home in downtown Boston and the scenes around the city, in Concord and in southern New Hampshire all ring true. (I grew up there.) The suspect list grows, the suspect list shrinks. Brady Coyne is never far in front of the reader and, except for the very last revelation, the reader is never in the dark. Even then, it's only for a brief moment.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ken Nichols and Brady Coyne were once happily married neighbors living in the burbs. That was a seemingly a century ago as both are divorced with Brady the lawyer residing in Boston and Ken the veterinarian in Baltimore. A decade since the two men has seen each other, but Ken calls telling Brady he will be in town for a convention. They meet and have a drink together.

The next day, Ken's ex wife Sharon finds him brutally stabbed to death in his Natick hotel room. She calls Brady, who is at dinner with he wife, his son, and his son's friend, but readily rushes to the homicide scene as her lawyer. Brady wonders if Ken's strange discussion with an intruder when they socialized last night is involved with his murder. As he makes inquiries, he learns a lot about his former neighbor's apparent involvement with peddling date-rape drugs to pay off massive debts and another family homicide that obviously ties to the first one; he finds what he recalls of his neighbors were a façade to a darker life.

In all probability the last Coyne thriller as William G. Tapply died last year is a terrific walk off home run at Fenway Park. Coyne is his usual solid self uncovering truths about his neighbors that he would prefer not to know while struggling to connect with Billy who still blames his dad for the break up of their family in spite of their male bonding two years in Idaho; as he believes his father placed clients ahead of him and his mom; the Nichols case affirms his contention. Fans of the series will appreciate this great whodunit while wondering what happened to Sparky the Cat.

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