Hose Monkey

Hose Monkey

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by Reed Farrel Coleman
     
 

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When former NYPD detective Joe Serpe hit bottom, he just kept on going. Having lost his career to charges of corruption, his family to divorce, his partner to suicide, and his fireman brother to the tragedy of 9/11, Serpe's world is nearly empty but for his cat, Mulligan. Living in a basement apartment in a blue collar town on Long Island, Joe spends his days

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When former NYPD detective Joe Serpe hit bottom, he just kept on going. Having lost his career to charges of corruption, his family to divorce, his partner to suicide, and his fireman brother to the tragedy of 9/11, Serpe's world is nearly empty but for his cat, Mulligan. Living in a basement apartment in a blue collar town on Long Island, Joe spends his days filling tanks with home heating oil and his nights filling his belly with vodka.

But when a young, mentally challenged man who worked for Joe's oil company is cruelly murdered, Joe Serpe rediscovers purpose and grasps for a last chance at redemption.

Along with his former Internal Affairs Bureau nemesis, Bob Healy, and Marla Stein, a brave and beautiful, group home psychologist, Joe wades into the world of street gangs, anti-immigration organizations, and the Red Mafia.

Hose Monkey is a rough and tumble ride through a violent, often cruel world--a world where it's hard to tell the bad guys from the good guys without a scorecard. It is a world of murder and extortion, but one in which an innocent Down's Syndrome girl may hold the key that unlocks the mystery. At the same time, Hose Monkey is a story of salvation and forgiveness . . . a tale of justice done.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440532498
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
07/29/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
2442
Sales rank:
467,080
File size:
820 KB

Meet the Author

Called a hard-boiled poet by NPR's Maureen Corrigan, Reed Farrel Coleman is the former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America. He has published twelve novels in three series, and one stand-alone with award-winning Irish author Ken Bruen. His books have been translated into seven languages, and the Moe Prager character in his current series is one of the most engaging in crime fiction. "His bone-deep world weariness and mordant sense of humor should enthrall lovers of old-school, tough-talking, loner private eyes," says Booklist.

Reed is a three-time winner of the Shamus Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year. He has also received the Barry and Anthony Awards, and has been twice nominated for the Edgar Award. He was the editor of the anthology Hard Boiled Brooklyn, and his short fiction and essays have appeared in Wall Street Noir, The Darker Mask, These Guns For Hire, Brooklyn Noir 3, Damn Near Dead, and other publications.

Reed is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, teaching writing classes in mystery fiction and the novel.

His standalone novel, GUN CHURCH, is exclusive to Audible.com, and his seventh Moe Prager novel (HURT MACHINE) has been winning accolades from the likes of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and others.

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Hose Monkey 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hose Monkey is a surprisingly good story. Interesting characters who are well presented and easily gain your sympathy. Several threads in the story lead to several paths of inquiry that may seem a bit disconnected. These threads are followed up by a couple of former cops who knew and disliked each other back then and who are disliked by some still in the cop business. Throw in some wives and girl friends and a couple of mentally disadvantaged people and it's a good story. HOWEVER, you must be prepared to deal with run-together paragraphs and, even worse, run-together sections. Because of the lack of paragraphing, it is at times difficult to decipher who is saying what. But more disgusting, it's very disconcerting to be reading one scene and suddenly finding yourself in the midst of an entirely different scene about other characters without so much as a space or other indicator that the scene is changing. It seems like such disrespect, such an insult, to the reader when these kinds of errors (probably from translation to E-script) are not fixed prior to offering to the public.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like books that grab u from page one and thats just what this one did. There r some problems with no breaks between scenes where its hard to know where u r at in the story, but overall its a really good thrill ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sometimes too much to take in, scenes ran together a few times. Evidently there is a second book, The Fourth Victim. It is on my wishlist. (dw)
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Frogbilli More than 1 year ago
When I first started I wondered how this book could be so long and not get boring. I soon found that it was fast paced, suspenseful and kept my interest. As I neared the end I found I really didn't want it to end. Good plot, interesting variety of characters and not too predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good story.
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nunna06 More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest with a few twists
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story keeps you wondering on who done it and what's coming next.
ruthac More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book
mrswallygator More than 1 year ago
I tried to read this book and have deleted from my library. I don't know why authors take a good story line and have to fill it with language!!!!! I will not read a book that has this in it. I know this will never be used. Just wanted to share my thoughts. I have to give it a review- so only one star. I would rather give no stars.
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plvlrn More than 1 year ago
I picked this book of a free book offer and found a quick and easy read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had an interesting plot and kept me reading, but it wasn't anything spectacular. The ebook can be rather confusing though because there is nothing to indicate you're jumping to another scene. It is laced with profanity, too, so I probably would not recommend it to a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let's see, what words come to mind immediately to describe this book? Disgusting, profane, disturbing, immature, you get where I am going with this. Story line could have held up, but the "romance" thrown in was a very poorly written aspect ofthe novel, with totally unbelievable sex scenes, seemingly written by a pubescent male teenager. Really, that awful and totally irrevulent to the story. Violence was very, very sadistic....... I don't know, I have read hundreds of books, but this one was just to freaky for me. Be forwarned....
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Thanks! *walked to the warriors den.* -Runningspirit