Hell Bent (Brady Coyne Series #24) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Boston attorney Brady Coyne finds his own past coming back to haunt his professional life when his ex-girlfriend Alex Shaw, long out of touch, reappears, wanting Brady to represent her brother. Augustine Shaw was a notable photo-journalist, happily married with two small children – until he returned from a stint in Iraq missing a hand and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Now he’s lost his career, his peace of mind and his family.

Brady is hired to seem him through ...

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Hell Bent (Brady Coyne Series #24)

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Overview

Boston attorney Brady Coyne finds his own past coming back to haunt his professional life when his ex-girlfriend Alex Shaw, long out of touch, reappears, wanting Brady to represent her brother. Augustine Shaw was a notable photo-journalist, happily married with two small children – until he returned from a stint in Iraq missing a hand and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Now he’s lost his career, his peace of mind and his family.

Brady is hired to seem him through the divorce. The client wasn’t eager to accept Brady’s representation, but before the divorce proceedings are very far along, the photographer is found dead in his rented apartment, an apparent suicide.

But something isn’t right and Brady starts to think the suicide was staged. With very little to go on and with everyone around him wanting to quickly close the books on what appears to be a tragic case, Brady soon finds himself alone, in the midst of one of the most dangerous situations of his entire life, and facing people who do anything  to avoid being exposed.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

After two dozen adventures (One-Way Ticket, etc.), Tapply's Brady Coyne, a refreshingly decent lawyer, remains a pleasure to see at work. After a seven-year absence from Brady's life, Alexandria Shaw, a former lover, walks into his Boston office and asks him to handle her brother's divorce case. Gus Shaw, an independent photojournalist who lost his right hand in Iraq and is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, promises to be a difficult client, but soon after Brady and Gus talk, Gus is found dead, an apparent suicide. Though no evidence suggests murder, Alexandria is convinced her brother didn't kill himself; Brady agrees to probe, with predictable results. While Brady tends to telegraph important aspects of the case, his investigation reveals a lot of the hidden collateral damage of the Iraq war: bereaved families, physically or psychologically wounded vets and the people who try to help those who have suffered. (Oct.)

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Intrepid Boston lawyer Brady Coyne (Nervous Water; Muscle Memory) is asked by his ex-girlfriend to represent her brother, Gus Sinclair, in his divorce. Gus, a well-known photojournalist, has returned from Iraq, where he lost his right hand in a bombing. Then the case takes a sinister turn when Gus is found dead from an apparent suicide, and his photos are missing. At the same time, Coyne is trying to bring peace of mind to an elderly couple whose furniture was damaged by movers. At the top of the legal thriller genre, Tapply brings refreshing solutions to these cases. Sure to appeal to fans of Lisa Scottoline and Jeremiah Healy. Recommended.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
The apparent suicide of a disturbed Iraq War veteran turns out to be anything but. Talk about good timing. Just as Boston attorney Brady Coyne (One-Way Ticket, 2007, etc.) is mourning the departure of his favorite hospital administrator, Evie Banyon, who's forsaken his bed to care for her dying father in California, in walks his old flame Alexandria Shaw. Though he hasn't seen Alex in seven years, their salt-and-pepper chemistry is still perfect-or would be if Alex didn't want her ex-lover to represent her brother Gus, a freelance photographer who left his right hand and his peace of mind behind in Iraq. Gus's wife Claudia has been driven to the end of her rope by Gus's PTSD behavior and has filed for divorce. Prompted by his waving a Beretta pistol in front of his family and threatening to kill himself, Claudia has also taken out a restraining order against him-two details Gus neglects to mention to his new lawyer. So it's clear that Gus isn't the ideal client, and it's not a surprise to anyone when Gus's second suicide attempt is successful. The only person left unconvinced is Alex, who maintains that not even the crazy scarecrow who came home from Iraq would have killed himself. It must have been murder, and a very convenient murder at that. Brady's investigation, which indeed proves that Gus was as far from suicidal as you can get, is more heartfelt than inspired. Despite the weighty issues involved, it's clear, as he admits, that "fishing is what's in my blood. Not the law."
From the Publisher
"Tapply just keeps writing excellent prose, filled with fine characters and solidly crafted plots….If you haven’t already discovered him, start now." – Globe and Mail (Toronto) on Nervous Water

"Adept at plot and characterization…Tapply can be counted on to provide maximum enjoyment." – San Diego Union-Tribune on Out Cold

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429949132
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Brady Coyne Series , #24
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 316,132
  • File size: 242 KB

Meet the Author



William G. Tapply was the author of more than two dozen novels, many of them featuring his signature character, Brady Coyne. He was also the author of the critically acclaimed Stoney Calhoun novels, as well as several books on fishing and wildlife. The Writer in Residence at Clark University, Tapply lived with his wife, novelist Vicki Stiefel, in Hancock, New Hampshire.

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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.

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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

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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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