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The JAMES DEANS Paperback – November 15, 2012
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Reed Farrel Coleman is a New York Times bestselling author that has been called a "hard-boiled poet" by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and the "noir poet laureate" in The Huffington Post. He has published more than twenty-five previous novels, including novels in Robert Parker’s Jesse Stone series, the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series, and the Gus Murphy series. A three-time winner of the Shamus Award, he has also won the Anthony, Macavity, Barry, and Audie Awards. He lives with his family on Long Island.
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"Now I had all the perspective I could stand."
The writing is wonderful, with amazing metaphors and sharp dialogue in service to the tale of a Senator trying to clear up suspicions he had something to do with an intern's death, and when the case is solved halfway through the book, you know there are a few twists ahead.
I've been reading a lot of Scandinavian fiction lately, and one of the things I like is the detectives -- different from our own U.S. hard-boiled loners, these characters are often quiet and private but still out in the world, with relationships, and they often have a sense of humor. So it's great to find an American author who can capture that more interesting, multi-faceted personality as well. All due respect to Hammett and Chandler, I love the genre but want a more human protagonist. Moe Prager is a Middle-aged Jewish man with a wife and child. He's in business with his brother, and he acts reluctantly as a private eye. He's exactly the guy you'd want to help you out if your life was spiraling out of control. Unless you're the bad guy.
This is the third book in the series. If you can, try to read them in order, because the arc of Moe's life story is a major element in these tales. To date they are: Walking the Perfect Square, Redemption Street, The James Deans, Soul Patch, Empty Ever After, Innocent Monster, Hurt Machine, Onion Street.
A hell of a read.
The protagonist is a Brooklyn born former cop who finds himself in situations that are never as they first seem to be. He never settles for the easy answer, and his insistence on peeling back the layers make these these stories definite page-turners. There's always a little more coming!
Moe is addictive- he isn't larger than life, and I like him all the more for his flaws. He doesn't have a sidekick. The characters whom he meets along the way are colorful characters, and definitely add to the richness of the stories. They show up in Moe's life again and again.
Read this series in order so you don't spoil the fun.