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Outwitting Trolls: A Brady Coyne Novel (Brady Coyne Novels) Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 9, 2010
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Family secrets and emotional hangups dominate the comfortably satisfying 25th and final Brady Coyne novel from Tapply (1940–2009). When Sharon Nichols finds her veterinarian ex-husband, Ken, stabbed to death in a suburban Boston hotel room, she phones Brady, a former neighbor of the couple, who rushes to the scene. As Sharon's lawyer, Brady tries to redirect police suspicion away from his client by exploring the victim's entanglement in selling date-rape drugs while juggling bad debts. To put it mildly, Brady discovers that Ken and Sharon had a less than idyllic personal life. While trying to help the emotionally fragile Sharon hold herself together, Brady must also sort out his prickly relationship with his son and cope with the moods of his own current lover. Convincing characters and a pleasant New England setting enhance a genuine play-fair mystery, despite several false leads.
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The late Tapply completed one last Brady Coyne novel before he died in 2009, and it’s a fitting finale to a fine series. As happens regularly, Boston lawyer Coyne is torn away from the comfortable routine of his easygoing practice by a friend in trouble. This time it’s the wife of a former neighbor, who calls Brady from a suburban hotel, where she is standing beside the body of her ex-husband, whom Brady had met the previous night for a drink. The police are interested in the wife, but Brady is convinced the murder has something to do with the couple’s disaffected children. The plot unwinds smoothly, but as always, what holds readers is Brady himself—the quintessential regular guy as sleuth, a man who likes his pleasures (fishing, food, the Red Sox, and the occasional beer) but whose sensitivity to human relationships hovers just below the surface of his amiable exterior. He will be sorely missed by fans of realistic crime fiction. Saying farewell to Brady Coyne is like losing a good friend. --Bill Ott
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I have read and enjoyed all of the Brady Coyne series (including his last in "Trolls"), but I find it sadly fitting that his last work would be a departure from Mr. Coyne.
"The Nomination" also, ironically, may have been the only one of his books to make the best-seller lists. One can only guess what writing path -- or bend in the trout-filled river -- Tapply would have taken after "The Nomination."
I am among those who will dearly miss his folksy style. In fact, I wish I could have audited one of his college classes -- especially if he were as fine a teacher as he was a writer.