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Hose Monkey Hardcover – October 31, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
A well-developed protagonist lifts this police thriller, the first of a new series from Spinosa, the pseudonym of Edgar-finalist Reed Farrel Coleman (The James Deans). Joe Serpe, an ex-NYPD detective, lives a barren life driving a heating-oil truck and mourning his fireman brother, a victim of 9/11. When a developmentally disabled young man who had been working for Serpe's employer turns up dead, the ex-cop's guilt leads him to begin a private investigation, aided, ironically, by the retired Internal Affairs officer, Bob Healy, responsible for Serpe's departure from the force. As the body count mounts, the two sleuths find a wide range of possible suspects, from right-wing anti-immigration activists to the Russian mob. While much of the setup borders on cliché (e.g., the attractive psychologist who falls for the tough-but-sensitive wounded hero), Spinosa injects enough depth into his characters to suspend disbelief. (Oct.)
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"...an entertaining tour of Long Island's dark side." -- Mystery Scene Magazine
The plot of Hose Monkey is violent and suspenseful, but at its heart it is a quieter story, and exquisitely written. -- David Montgomery, Crime Fiction Dossier
The violence, when it comes, is poetic in the way that only Peckinpah ever fully achieved. -- Ken Bruen, Shamus-winning author of The Guards
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Hose Monkey, by contrast, is told in the third person and imo it really suffers. Joe Serpe is a disgraced ex-cop who now delivers home heating oil. When a friend is murdered and the cops don't seem to care, Joe looks into it on his own.
Taking place on Long Island, the book efficiently educates us about home oil, Long Island, cops, criminals etc. Coleman is a fine writer and the book hums along.
Except for that narration. It took me a lot longer to care about Joe, though the character has a superb and complex backstory.
Note: I read the Kindle version. Though my 4-star rating does not reflect anything but the novel's contents, I would like to add that the e-version was one of the worst I've ever read. The dialogue and paragraph breaks are really messed up so it was often confusing to figure out who was talking or when the action had shifted to a different scene or character. This happened not once or twice but dozens of times. There were also a number of typos, though fewer than ten.
I would recommend readers get a paper version of this book.
I'll keep looking for other books by the same author because at his best he is great.
The lead character is ex-NYPD detective Joe Serpe as a delivery man for a small Long Island heating oil company. He was fired from the force years ago and has since lost his wife and child in a messy divorce. His brother, the only family he had left, was also killed during the 9/11 attacks.
Once the mystery unfolds around some local deaths linked to him and his friends, he decides to investigate on his own. The story twists and turns as it leads to a dramatic ending.
This is a better-than-average average mystery that keeps you guessing, even if the path is a little well worn.