Item description for Soul Patch (Moe Prager Mysteries) by Reed Farrel Coleman...
The Fourth Moe Prager Mystery set in New York City.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher Bleak House
ISBN 1932557350 ISBN13 9781932557350
Availability 0 units.
More About Reed Farrel Coleman
Reed Farrel Coleman, author of the New York Times-bestselling Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot, has been called a "hard-boiled poet" by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and the "noir poet laureate" in The Huffington Post. He has published twenty-one novels, including nine books in the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series. He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year, a winner of the Barry and Anthony awards, and is a three-time Edgar Award nominee. An adjunct instructor at Hofstra University and an instructor for MWA U, he lives with his family on Long Island.
Reed Farrel Coleman currently resides in Long Island Brooklyn B, in the state of New York. Reed Farrel Coleman was born in 1956.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Soul Patch (Moe Prager Mysteries)?
If you like Ross MacDonald... May 25, 2008
...you're going to love Reed Coleman's Moe Praeger series. Perhaps more than any other contemporary author, Coleman's believes as did Faulkner that "The past is never dead. It isn't even past."
Praeger once again in this fourth in the acclaimed series gets involved with the case of an old friend that tosses up more confusion than a House of Mirrors. In this case, the death of an old friend and how this ties back to a long forgotten murder case on Coney Island in the 1970's.
Coleman is at a disadvantage here in that he has to follow his excellent The James Deans, which really raised the performance bar. I enjoyed this book almost as much , but the repetition of some of the Praeger family tensions for a fourth time is getting old. Coleman needs to find some new things to push Praeger forward.
As usual, the sense of place is well drawn and his characters (mostly) deserve our sympathy. However, the series is getting a bit long in the tooth.
Soul Patch Apr 6, 2008
definitely worth it's placement as a nominee for the Edgar. i love thrillers and mysteries, my husband - not so much. I recommended this one to him and even he loved it as much as i did.
Less than enamored Apr 2, 2008
A book that comes with near perfect reviews and major award nominations raises expectations, and perhaps in this case, raises those expectations too high. I would rate this book at 3 and 1/2 stars out of 5. I found the characterization of the protagonist a little uneven, but that wasn't really as much a problem for me as the characterization of the dead Chief of Detectives -- dead, his character outlined and emphasized over and over, and yet at the end of the book the reader is expected to buy into a major swing in that characterization. That was tough for me to buy. Also there is a ponderous quality to the prose, to the way in which the author describes every venue, that though it may lend atmosphere it also bogs down the pacing. And yet with all that description -- maybe there were just too many places with too much history related -- New York still did not fascinate me in the same way that Crais manages to do for LA or Sandford for Minneapolis.
My biggest grievance -- and I am shocked that no one has mentioned this so far -- is with the complete lack of proofreading for this manuscript. I know some people like to blame the occasional error on the printer, but the number of misspellings, typos, duplicated words, missing words -- I all but lost patience trying to keep my head in the story and not let those things distract. It was clear that not even an electronic spell-checker was used. For years I have complained about John Sandford's books in this regard, but not all of his books together contain as many mistakes as this book holds. Bleak House Publishing has had some good press lately, but apparently not from people who've had to read their shoddily produced books.
In summary, I thought this was a pretty good book, not a great one. I'll read books by this author again.
Complicated but atmospheric! Mar 13, 2008
This mystery starts slow because it's incredibly complicated with multiple plotlines stretching 25 years or more into the past - but the worldweary, self-mocking tone of the narrator helps keep it together. Moe Prager helps run a chain of wine shops with his brother, but he's always dreamed of being a detective on the NYPD. He's probably pushing fifty now, but in his 20s, he served as a uniform cop with the NYPD, even though he as a wise-cracking Jewish intellectual was a bit of an outsider among all those Irish cops. Then his knee got wrecked, and life had its way of moving on without him. Now he's in a failing marriage, and bored with his life. He dabbles in being a private investigator. A old crime from the past resurfaces involving possible police corruption and the murder of a drug lord from the 1970s. Moe has one last chance to get on the case. This novel is remarkable for its movie-clarity perfection in bringing New York City to life. Plus Moe is a complicated and fascinating person.
Coleman's Best Yet! Jun 3, 2007
Not to diminish Coleman's earlier work -- they've all been great all the way back to his first, Dylan Klein novel, 'Life Goes Sleeping' from 1991 -- but he's really hit his stride with 'Soul Patch'. The plotting and twists are creative and non-stop, and his characters are completely alive and ones you care about -- though not always favorably. Moe Prager's empathy with some of the biggest losers is offset by his disdain for many of the other respectable and powerful. Moe himself is one the reader really comes to care about, and I can't wait for his next appearance. This fourth entry in the Moe Prager series is outstanding, dark and gritty and everything one could hope for from a crime novel. There are numerous references to plots of the previous three in the series, but that shouldn't deter you from reading this as a starting point. I'll be surprised if there's a better crime novel this year. Reed Farrel Coleman is as good as it gets! We'll be hearing a lot more from him.