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Hell Bent (Brady Coyne Series #24)

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Tapply: Dependdable Quality

    Quality never varies from Tapply book to Tapply book: It is always excellent. Readable, well-plotted, and interesting. His death last year is a loss to the mystery field.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Brady is Back

    I used to be a regular Tapply reader but lost touch. I have read three of the later Coyne novels recently. This one is the best of the lot. However, the resolution is a bit weak after a fine set-up. Tapply shows his hand in the introduction and that element of the case undermines a plot about the Iraq war that could have been taken much farther than it is. However, he is a good writer and Brady Coyne is a Lawyer with a conscience who wears well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    more an investigative tale than a legal thriller

    Boston based attorney Brady Coyne is taken aback when Alexandria Shaw enters his office. They were once lovers, but they had not seen one another in seven years. Alexandra asks Brady to represent her brother photojournalist Gus Shaw in his divorce. Brady agrees to meet with Gus who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder following a harrowing experience in Iraq in which he lost his hand. He also says at that time they will decide if he should be his lawyer.-------------------- They talk and in spite of knowing Gus will prove to be at best a difficult withdrawn client, Brady agrees to handle the divorce. However, soon afterward, Gus is dead in what looks like a suicide. Alexandria refuses to accept her sibling killed himself she believes he may have been depressed but would not have taken his life. Reluctantly and questioning his motive for acquiescing, Brady agrees to investigate though he is believes he will only affirm the official ruling.---------------- Although similar to ONE-WAY TICKET as HELL BENT is more an investigative tale than a legal thriller especially after Gus dies, fans of Coyne will enjoy this strong regional mystery. The investigation into whether Gus was murdered or committed suicide is well done although somewhat obvious. However, Coyne¿s inquiry is incredibly illuminating on the impact of the Iraq war on family members of the military. The deep look into those struggling with grief and in some cases sudden poverty while not always coping with deaths that hiding the flag draped coffin from the media does not hide it from the loved ones. Others must deal with physical or mentally hurt soldiers who left healthy and upbeat and return in pain both physical and mental.. Well written and entertaining, William G. Tapply showcases the hidden cost of the Iraq War that those who claim to support the soldier prefer to ignore.-------------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Another Good Read

    An interesting fictional story that brings to light a very real problem that our returning military and their families must often face after combat. Tapply got it right, again. I am sorry that we have lost such a good author.

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    Posted November 17, 2009

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