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The James Deans (Moe Prager Mysteries) Paperback – January 25, 2005

4.3 out of 5 stars 46 ratings
Book 3 of 9: Moe Prager

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Coleman draws inspiration from the real-life Gary Condit/Chandra Levy case for his appealing third hard-boiled mystery set in the early 1980s (after 2004's Redemption Street). New York PI Moe Prager and his wife, still traumatized by a recent miscarriage, are surprised to be guests at a high society wedding. The affair proves to be a pretext for a mover and shaker to recruit Prager to the cause of a charismatic state senator, Steven Brightman, whose political rise was stalled by the disappearance of an attractive young intern more than a year earlier. Despite the cold trail, thoroughly explored by both the police and Brightman's hired sleuths, Prager finds new clues that lead him to a surprise solution. Given this revelation relatively early on, few readers will be startled that a different truth emerges before the refreshingly ambiguous conclusion, with justice at best partially served. Not everyone will go for the heavy-handed humor (a long-winded "southern politico" named Clinton "had better stay in Arkansas, because he has about as much chance for national office as the Mets have of winning a second World Series"), but all will cheer the likable, virtuous Prager.
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A good story told well, and characters that make you feel something about them; Coleman has put it all together. -- Deb Jones, Roundtablereviews.com

I loved this book and its characters. Moe is a great one, beautifully rendered and very believable. -- Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, Killer Books, February 2005

It's one of my favorite books of the year, in part because of a plot that's full of unexpected surprises. -- Sarah Weinman, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind

Moe Prager is a far from perfect hero, but an utterly appealing one. Let’s hope...for many, many more cases. -- Laura Lippman, Edgar-award winning author of The Sugar House

Moe Prager is a thinking man’s P.I. -- S.J. Rozan, Edgar-award winning author of Winter and Night

Moe Prager is my kind of private eye. -- Michael Connelly, bestselling author of The Narrows

Moe is a character to savor and Coleman? He's an author to watch. -- Ruth Jordan, Crime Spree Magazine

Product details

  • Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0452286506
  • Publisher : Plume (January 25, 2005)
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0452286504
  • Product Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.69 x 8.12 inches
  • Reading level : 18 and up
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 46 ratings