Item description for Second Sight: A Brady Coyne/J.W. Jackson Mystery (Brady Coyne and J. W. Jackson Novels) by Philip R. Craig...
Overview In a second Martha's Vineyard thriller featuring Boston lawyer Brady Coyne and retired cop J. W. Jackson, Coyne tracks down a runaway teen while staying at Jackson's family cottage; while Jackson provides security services for a reclusive singer whose bodyguard has been murdered. Reprint.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 5" Height: 1" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Apr 25, 2006
Publisher Justin, Charles & Co.
ISBN 1932112413 ISBN13 9781932112412
Availability 0 units.
More About Philip R. Craig
Philip R. Craig grew up on a small cattle ranch near Durango, Colorado, before going off to college at Boston University, where he was an All-American fencer. He earned his M.F.A. at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. A recently retired professor of English at Wheelock College in Boston, he and his wife Shirley now live year-round on Martha's Vineyard.
Philip R. Craig lived in the state of Massachusetts. Philip R. Craig was born in 1933 and died in 2007.
Reviews - What do customers think about Second Sight: A Brady Coyne/J.W. Jackson Mystery (Brady Coyne and J. W. Jackson Novels)?
WOW! Mar 19, 2006
What a great book! Actually I haven't finished it, but if you're aspiring to this site's top 10 reviewers and trying to keep up with Harriet Klausner there's no point in wasting time reading. Besides, I can't speed read and have to say each word in my head a couple of times over and I'm always getting distracted by whatever TV show is on. And, well, I trust Harriet. Anything she says about a book goes double for me. I did look at the cover and read a blub.
Let's see. I was placed at 104,000 before I wrote this...
fine J.W. Jackson and Brady Coyne thriller Mar 19, 2006
Mike Doyle is dying so when he asks his old college classmate Boston lawyer Brady Coyne to find and bring home his teenage daughter Christa, the attorney agrees so parent and child can reconcile and say their goodbyes. After a trek to the West Coast where she was last seen, he traces Christa ironically to Martha's Vineyard where his fishing friend former cop J.W. Jackson resides. Jackson welcomes Coyne to stay in his home while over the objection of his loving wife he provides additional personal security and driving for famous reclusive singer Evangeline during the week of the Celebration for Humanity rock concert.
When Evangeline's bodyguard is killed, clues lead to a spiritual retreat, the same place that Coyne believes Christa is at. In between fishing, they team up to find a killer, keep a superstar safe, and search for a missing teen before it is too late.
The second collaboration between Coyne and Jackson (see FIRST LIGHT) is a fabulous tale in which the action accelerates late, but fans of both series will not care. The lead investigators and their support cast seem genuine while the vivid picturesque Martha's Vineyard enhances the plot. SECOND SIGHT is a fun thriller as everyone converges on Evangeline.
Seamless double narrative Jun 7, 2005
Friends and co-authors Philip Craig and William Tapply really have figured out the secret to co-writing a mystery story. They alternate chapters, each featuring their leading character, and one chapter leads into the next in a smooth and seamless style. In this second dual effort, J.W. Jackson is asked to be the driver for Evangeline, a Madonna-like celebrity who is appearing at the Celebration for Humanity which is being produced on Martha's Vineyard. Meanwhile, J.W.'s buddy Brady Coyne has been asked by a friend to find her runaway daughter before her father dies from a terminal illness. Evangeline's director and her bodyguard are killed and J.W. and Brady soon find themselves entangled with a religious cult and a psychic. The psychic is killed and the two strands of plots begins to intersect and become entwined. The two authors keep the action moving and create an enjoyable mystery, despite a couple of minor plot hitches along the way.
Two Intertwined Tales Entertain Apr 29, 2005
Many authors have tried writing mysteries with one another. There are several approaches you can use: One story featuring both authors' characters; one story alternating narrators; two stories similar only in theme; and two intertwined stories. The last is the most difficult, and few collaborate in the mystery genre to try. Thankfully for mystery fans, Philip R. Craig and William G. Tapply (real life fishing buddies) took on this difficult challenge and produced a gem in Second Sight.
I have been reading Mr. Tapply's work for a couple of decades and had not read Mr. Craig's work before. So I started out with some doubts about how well I could appreciate the two together . . . especially since I had not read their first collaboration, First Light. The book opens with J.W. Jackson as narrator and I soon felt like I knew him as well as I do Brady Coyne, about whom I have been reading for so long. Chapters alternate narrators between J.W. and Brady, and this device works well until near the end when they are often in the same scenes and there's a bit of redundancy.
J.W. is a retired cop whose beautiful wife wants him to settle down. When an FBI agent asks J.W. to escort a famous singer, it looks like an easy way to make a few bucks . . . until the agent tells J.W. to be sure and carry his gun. Many people like to get attention by harassing celebrities, but J.W. soon gets a sense that there's more going on.
At the same time, Brady Coyne is called to the bedside of a dying friend who wants to reconcile with his missing daughter. The friend asks Brady to find her and bring her home. Except for a sense of duty and a good relationship with the young woman, Brady feels at sea doing this. But he soldiers on. Calling old friends of the young woman, Brady gets a lead to Martha's Vineyard where J.W. lives. With an upcoming benefit concert, there's no place to stay and J.W. offers to put Brady up.
Once on the island, there paths diverge as J.W. drives the beautiful Evangeline around in disguise while Brady shows photographs of the missing young woman. Before long, dead bodies are stacking up like cordwood, and both J.W. and Brady fear that it's about to get worse.
Will Brady find the girl before her father dies? Will she go see her father? Can J.W. keep Evangeline and her daughter safe? Those questions are kept open until near the very end when the two stories twist together engagingly.
For those who are interested in ESP and psychics, there's a subplot in the book about a fortune teller that you will enjoy.
Very nice work!
It's two, two, two mysteries in one Feb 12, 2005
J.W. Jackson and Brady Coyne usually have their own escapades and their own mysteries to solve. But the men are friends and live only a few hours apart from each other, so it seems inevitable that on occasion their paths will cross. Authors Craig and Tapply have led them to do so in "Second Sight." Brady is helping a family friend find his missing daughter. J. W. has agreed to provide security for a high-profile visitor to Martha's Vineyard. The characters take turns narrating chapters, so readers eavesdrop on both men's prospectives. Both Massachusetts natives seem to find themselves in situations that they think are just a bit beyond their investigative capabilities. Other than that -- and their mutual love of fishing -- the two have unique approaches and personalities. It is their individualities and the dichotomies of their situations that make this combination novel intriguing and worth reading.
J.W. is an ex-cop-turned-fisherman who lives to be on the beach. Brady is a hard-working lawyer up in Boston. J.W. is now an established family man, caring for wife Zee and kids Joshua and Diana. Brady's in a relationship that he's currently questioning. J.W. knows nearly every nook and cranny of Martha's Vineyard and has the contacts to follow up on leads. Brady is more familiar with the Boston metropolitan area and is less certain of the terrain he must cover for this assignment. And while J.W. is defending a famous celebrity who's known by millions by sight, Brady is searching for an average teenage runaway who hasn't left much of a trail. Two-thirds of the way through the book, the men realize that the fates of both of their charges hinge on what will happen at the Celebration of Humanity peace concert, which could be anything BUT peaceful. Once the two plots converge, it's all the reader can do to hang on and hope that the good guys will be able to prevent an unspeakable horror of 9-11 magnitude. The ultimate irony is that the action takes place on Martha's Vineyard, a prime vacation island and second home to some of The Rich and Famous. In "Second Sight," it's a hazardous and tragic place to find oneself.
This book is a wonderful installment for readers of either mystery series. And if you "know" only J.W. Jackson or Brady Coyne, you'll be compelled to read the full series of "the other guy." Thanks to Phil and Bill for collaborating once again! This one's "delish."