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Dirty Work: A Gulliver Dowd Mystery (Rapid Reads) Paperback – March 1, 2013
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Gulliver Dowd, PI, has had to overcome a lot. After the death of his sister, he vows to find her killer, taking odd jobs here and there while searching for leads. When one of the odd jobs comes from Nina, his high-school sweetheart, whose daughter has gone missing, he balks. Then she drops the bombshell: the missing girl is his daughter. Gulliver is a little person but one with a skill set that surprises even the most thuggish of Mob goons. It helps, too, that his sidekick, Ahmed, is formidable, determined, and not at all small in stature. Gulliver is sarcastic, calloused, and tenacious, but beneath the façade, he is a sympathetic tragic hero with a secret heart of gold. Veteran crime-fiction author Coleman proves adept at writing for adult reluctant readers without sacrificing his signature hard-boiled style. A fine addition to the Rapid Reads series. --Courtney Jones
"A little man with a huge heart and a huge chip on his shoulder, Gulliver Dowd swaggers into the crime fiction world and takes his place with the great investigators. Smart, vulnerable, wounded, heartbreakingly hopeful, I just adore his company. This is a staggering achievement. Bravo!" (Louise Penny, New York Times Bestselling Author 2012-11-01)
"A good read...Recommended." (CM Magazine 2013-01-18)
"Gulliver is sarcastic, calloused, and tenacious, but beneath the façade, he is a sympathetic tragic hero with a secret heart of gold. Veteran crime-fiction author Coleman proves adept at writing for adult reluctant readers without sacrificing his signature hard-boiled style. A fine addition to the Rapid Reads series." (Booklist 2013-03-15)
"I read this one in one sitting, and not just because...it is designed for fast and easy reading. I just loved the characters, the story and the writing style too much to put it down...Fast-paced work, great for reluctant readers and just the stuff we need to get more PI fans! Looking forward to the second Dowd novel and hoping there will be many more!" (Sons of Spade blog 2013-05-15)
"Perfect for mature reluctant readers, ESL learners, or anyone who enjoys a good story." (VOYA 2013-06-01)
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