Hurt Machine (Moe Prager Series #7)

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At a pre-wedding party for his daughter Sarah, Moe Prager is approached by his ex-wife and former PI partner Carmella Melendez. It seems Carmella's estranged sister Alta has been murdered, but no one in New York City seems to care. Why? Alta, a FDNY EMT, and her partner had months earlier refused to give assistance to a dying man at a fancy downtown eatery.

Moe decides to help Carmella as a means to distract himself from his own life-and-death struggle. Making headway on the ...

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Overview

At a pre-wedding party for his daughter Sarah, Moe Prager is approached by his ex-wife and former PI partner Carmella Melendez. It seems Carmella's estranged sister Alta has been murdered, but no one in New York City seems to care. Why? Alta, a FDNY EMT, and her partner had months earlier refused to give assistance to a dying man at a fancy downtown eatery.

Moe decides to help Carmella as a means to distract himself from his own life-and-death struggle. Making headway on the case is no mean feat as no one, including Alta's partner Maya Watson, wants to cooperate. Moe chips away until he discovers a cancer roiling just below the surface, a cancer whose symptoms include bureaucratic greed, sexual harassment, and blackmail. But is any of it connected to Alta's brutal murder?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Razor-edged contemporary whodunits don’t get much better than Shamus-winner Coleman’s seventh Moe Prager mystery (after 2010’s Innocent Monster). Shortly after the Brooklyn PI learns that he has stomach cancer, Carmella Melendez, his ex-wife, asks him to look into the stabbing murder of her estranged sister, Alta Conseco. Two months before her demise, Conseco and a fellow EMT, Maya Watson, became the subject of international outrage after failing while off-duty to help Robert Tillman, a cook who suffered a fatal stroke at a Manhattan bistro. Prager pursues the obvious course of seeking a link between Conseco’s and Tillman’s deaths. Watson has become an uncommunicative recluse, who provides little help, but the owner of the restaurant near where Conseco died is an old friend and an ex-cop, happy to help in any way he can. Logical and surprising plot twists combine with Prager’s world-weary narrative voice to produce another winner. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Facing his own mortality when cancer strikes, hardheaded Moe Prager (Innocent Monster) agrees to help his ex-wife once again. What's the real story behind the murder of her sister, an FDNY emergency medical technician, and why is Moe the only one investigating?
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"Razor-edged contemporary whodunits don't get much better than Shamus-winner Coleman's seventh Moe Prager mystery." —Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"Moe Prager's . . . first love will always be Brooklyn. Reed Farrel Coleman's latest book in a series heavily saturated with local color. Prager . . . travels the length and breadth of the city talking to cops, firemen, gangsters and restaurateurs in their picturesque natural habitats. For someone who reads people by the places they eat, drink and make merry, that's good enough to make Prager postpone his death until he solves this case." —New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440531996
  • Publisher: F & W Media Inc
  • Publication date: 12/18/2011
  • Series: Moe Prager Series , #7
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 731,438
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Good mystery book. I enjoyed it!

    Good mystery book. I enjoyed it!

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

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    An enjoyable police tale told by a crusty sort of veteran who ma

    An enjoyable police tale told by a crusty sort of veteran who may be on his last investigation, giving him the opportunity to leave no stone unturned or ego unoffended. maybe too many twists and turns, and the liberation subplot seems dated, but you do it when the time is right for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Excellent read.

    A new to me author to read.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    A good mystery with some twists and turns to keep you guessing

    I enjoyed this mystery for several reasons. One reason is the story is set in NYC , one of my favorite places. It is a modern mystery, involving two EMTs who happen to be women, and whose struggle to make it in a mans' work environment figures prominently in the story. The main character is a retired cop who gets pulled into the investigation of his ex-wife's sister's murder. As the investigation unfolds, it becomes apparent how little we really know about our loved ones, and their secret heartaches. Very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Good Read

    Liked the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    An Intriguing Mystery!

    This novel has so many twists and turns and keeps you up to finish it. I am gooing to buy the series..

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Great book. Well executed plot.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    Great read

    This was a great book. I got it for free when it came up on a Facebook like page "Cheap e-reads". Turned out I loved it and even lent it to my mom to read! If you like mystery books this is a definitely a good book to buy.

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