The Elusive Mr. McCoy

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The author of Sisters of the Sari presents a richly emotional journey of two women drawn together by an unexpected and unwanted bond…
Lesley McCoy works in a day-care center, and she is planning to start a family of her own. Her husband, David, is a homebody whose job as a wilderness guide takes him away for long periods—but when he’s home, he’s the best partner Lesley could imagine.

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The author of Sisters of the Sari presents a richly emotional journey of two women drawn together by an unexpected and unwanted bond…
Lesley McCoy works in a day-care center, and she is planning to start a family of her own. Her husband, David, is a homebody whose job as a wilderness guide takes him away for long periods—but when he’s home, he’s the best partner Lesley could imagine.

Kendra McCoy is a successful businesswoman whose husband, Eric, is an analyst who specializes in Middle Eastern politics. He supports her enthusiasm and drive to succeed, and is the perfect partner—when he’s home between assignments.
While trying to identify a man who collapses in a Portland, Oregon, coffee shop, two wallets are found: one belonging to David McCoy, the other to Eric McCoy.
Devastated by their comatose husband’s betrayal, Kendra and Lesley reluctantly join forces in an attempt to piece together a true picture of the man they both fell in love with. Instead, they uncover a vast web of deceit as they learn their husband lived a third life neither of them suspected.

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Baker's newest (after Sisters of the Sari) is the ho-hum story of the titular Mr. McCoy—"the visual equivalent of Teflon, so unremarkable he is almost invisible—" and the undoing of his enormous web of lies. When McCoy collapses from an aneurysm, Jason Cheddick, a former police officer turned PI who happened to be nearby, discovers among his effects two wallets and sets of ID belonging to David and Eric McCoy. Through his subsequent investigation, Jason discovers that the unconscious man is married to two different women, Lesley McCoy and Kendra McCoy. Shocked by the revelation, the two wives team up with Jason to discover their shared husband's true identity, and parse his motives. Along the way, the trio unearths troublesome and surprising truths not only about the mysterious McCoy, but about themselves as well. While the main man's blandness is precisely that which enables him to mimic others and assume a plurality of aliases, it is also that which makes caring for him so difficult. This, combined with a clunky plot and a too-far-removed 3rd-person narration, slows down the tempo. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451236890
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Toronto, Brenda spent her working life writing computer programs in Canada, the United States and the Netherlands. Her passion is exploring new cultures, with knitting and reading tied for second place. She likes cats, but resists owning one herself, since everyone knows little old ladies can't just stop at one.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    I have done a video of the book review before reading and after

    I have done a video of the book review before reading and after on u tube desithelonde.
    The book cover shows split person,That what make the book you have a man who has a split
    personality.HERE is David and then there is his first wife Lesley and then there is Eric
    who is married to Kendra.

    David/Eric is in a coffee shop and then he passes out in front of the investigator well
    they take the gentleman to the hospital.Now come the surprise,2 wallets are found on him
    so the hospital calls his wife or wife's first Lesley show up and then she is in for a big
    surprise. The waiting room has another women and family waiting for the results of the surgery
    of the man.The split identity of Eric/David going to take a turn for the worse or good.

    The women get together and try to figure what he wss doing with his live and then they go
    in to his back ground and they find some great things that both women were brought together
    for the love of the man.

    They find out he love drawing and then he use them in comic books and then what made him
    tick he was brought up by foster parent that was part of the live they did not now till
    they get together and find out what made him tick

    you will love the book and then i won it on blog and then i fell in love with all of
    people in the book and it will keep you wanted more

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

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    Very Intriguing

    The Elusive Mr. McCoy by Brenda Baker is a very intriguing novel. From the first page, it had me hooked. David/Eric McCoy collapses in a coffee shop in front of Jason Cheddick, who is a private investigator. Jason discovers two different ID's on this man when he checks for identification; one for Eric McCoy and one for David McCoy. Confused as to why someone would have two aliases, they contact the different address to hopefully find out the true identity of this stranger. At the hospital two women show up, Kendra and Lesley, who might be possibly married to McCoy. When they both are asked to identify this man they soon discover that not only is he married to Kendra, he is also married to Lesley. He has been leading a double life. McCoy is in a coma and unable to explain the why of it all. Kendra takes is upon herself to hire Jason to uncover the mystery of Mr. McCoy. Kendra and Lesley work together to try and figure out the pieces of this crazy puzzle.
    There are four main characters in this book: Kendra, Leslie, Jason, and McCoy. Baker not only focuses on finding out who McCoy really is, but also focuses on the other three characters and their families. She gives you an inside look at the lives that McCoy has invaded. At times it almost seemed as if McCoy's story took a back seat to some of the families side stories. Although I did enjoy reading about them, I was more interested in finding out who the real slim shady is. Brenda Baker did keep me in anticipation throughout the novel, which made it all the more enjoyable. The way the characters reacted to finding out that McCoy wasn't who they thought he was, was very interesting as well.
    Overall this book is very enjoyable. I like the characters and the plot. This is a great book for the summer. My imagination went wild trying to guess who McCoy really is. I was shocked to find out that he was . . . Only joking. I would never tell you the ending. You'll just have to read the book yourself.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

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    Jake, a former cop and detective and now a private investigator,

    Jake, a former cop and detective and now a private investigator, is having a Starbucks while scoping out the other customers, a natural habit acquired from years of criminal and other detective work. He notices a man who looks rather nondescript but seems to animate the barista serving the man after some unheard comments pass between them. As he approaches Jake, he suddenly spills his coffee and blacks out!

    So begins this tale of a man carrying two licenses with two different first names and the same last name. But it's not only about his real identity but the real identity of the two women in his life who both are absolutely astonished at the life he was leading unknown to both of them. Who is the real Mrs. McCoy? Is Eric or Daniel McCoy a terrorist, an artist, a farmer, a total liar?

    Meet Kendra, an anally successful catering business woman who barely thinks about her husband when he isn't home from his supposedly government analyst job. Now she's not sure what he is and realizes her financial situation is about to crash; but more importantly, she begins to question who she has really been to her husband and everyone around her. The volcanic internal crack is traumatic, assisted by Jake's non-judgmental presence, and one that could go either way.

    Then there's Lesley who decides to use the pregnancy test before her husband returns home, although she knows she should really share the precious moment with him. She's really more like a sidekick of her mother and aunt than she is her own person. But she knows that what she's found in Dave is real and that there's some serious wrong involved in the present debacle. But she will have to form her own acceptance on her own rational and emotional terms, separately from her domineering female relatives. The process is more than worth the pain of the journey!

    Brenda L. Baker has penned an unusual story about how and time and circumstances cause a person to evolve in goals and desires in a world that doesn't allow for such changes at all. But the one sure phenomena that's guaranteed is change, and all the dynamic characters in this story, including Jake the P.I., must "roll with the punches," grow up and follow where the road leads, like it, love it, or not! ...Mr. McCoy is a hoot - read it and grow!

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