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Soul Patch [Kindle Edition]

Reed Farrel Coleman
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Book Description

Ex-NYPD cop turned P.I. and entrepreneur, Moe Prager is faced with a gut-wrenching case. The apparent suicide of his old friend and NYPD Chief of Detectives, Larry McDonald, forces Moe back onto the decaying Coney Island streets he patrolled when he was in uniform. But now, beneath the boardwalk and behind the rusted and crumbling rides of the midway, he finds a trail of death, betrayal, and corruption reaching back to 1972. As Faulkner once said, ''The past is never dead. It isn’t even past.'' So it goes for Moe Prager in Soul Patch.

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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.

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  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (December 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WCM96S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Moe Prager mystery! September 10, 2012
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I love these books! Moe Prager, the part time detective starring in this series, is a "real" person, with human foibles and uncertainties, and not quite the superhero found in other detective stories. Despite his short comings, (or maybe because of), he is definitely someone you'd want on your side.

I especially enjoy the reoccurring characters that show up in Moe's life throughout the series.

Given Moe's love of roller coasters, it is fitting that the plots in this series take on some crazy turns! Just when you think the story is over...

Read these books in order- - too many spoilers if you don't!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love Moe Prager August 28, 2012
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I've read almost all of the Moe Prager mysteries. This one wasn't quite as good as the others. They are best read in order. I jumped around in the order when I read them and this one explained some things. But too much of the book was about previous events and not enough about the current plot. I still love the character, Moe Prager.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's done it again June 25, 2012
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Reed Farrel Coleman really is the unsung hero of the crime/mystery genre. His Moe Prager series has the excitement and suspense of the big guys (Connolly, Child, etc) on top of a cast of strong characters. Moe is a real human being who readers can relate to. I cannot recommend this book and this series enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4th in the series, another superb outing for Moe Prager September 22, 2013
"His ambition had left a residue on his corpse as real as gunpowder."

Moe Prager is a fantastic character -- a middle aged, philosophical Jewish ex-cop, he is a person who looks back and tries to find meaning. The past is always with Prager, as evidenced by the author's proclivity for jumping back and forth in time in order to lend a brilliant layer of complexity to these literary and compelling tales. The first book introduced Moe a couple of years after he'd been drummed out of the police force, just as he's meeting his future wife. It's as twisted as Chinatown and as smooth as Dewar's, as Coleman builds a supporting cast that arcs throughout the series in poignant and meaningful ways. As the series progresses we are privy to Moe's cases as well as his personal life: his marriage, the birth of a daughter, etc. DO try to read these in order to get the most out of this brilliant series. Chronologically they are: Walking the Perfect Square, Redemption Street, The James Deans, Soul Patch, Empty Ever After, Innocent Monster, Hurt Machine and Onion Street (a prequel). The series is as compelling as the best Scandinavian crime fiction. The mysteries are very good but it's Prager's first-person narrative that makes the books come alive, as he ponders the meaning of life and follows clues to the kind of places "where old lipstick on your bar glass passed as garnish."

This book, the fourth in the series, begins with a strange meeting between Moe and his friend, Larry "Mac" McDonald, now the chief of detectives. He hints that there is something that scares him and he wants Moe's help. Thus begins another tale with this superb character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moe Prager August 18, 2013
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I love this series, the characters are great and very believable. I would recommend this book to anyone after a good crime novel.
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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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