Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million

Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million

by Mark Bowden
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Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million by Mark Bowden

What would you do if you found a million dollars?

Joey Coyle was down and out-the affable, boyish South Philadelphian hadn't found dock work in months, he was living with his ailing mother, and he was fighting a drug habit and what seemed like a lifetime of bouncing into and out of bad luck. One morning, though, while cruising the streets just blocks from his home, fate took a turn worthy of Hollywood when he spotted a curious yellow tub he thought might make a good toolbox. It contained $1.2 million in unmarked bills-casino money that had just fallen off the back of an armored truck.

Told in riveting, novelistic detail by "a master of narrative journalism" (New York Times Book Review), Mark Bowden's Finders Keepers is the incredible true story of a tight-knit working-class community suddenly steeped in intrigue. Even before news of the missing money exploded across the headlines, Detective Pat Laurenzi, with the help of the FBI, was working around the clock to track it down. Joey Coyle, meanwhile, was off on a bungling, swashbuckling misadventure, sharing his windfall with everyone from his girlfriend to total strangers to the two neighborhood kids who drove him past it (and whose parents were beginning to wonder where their car had disappeared to). To hide the money, Joey turned to the local mob boss-a shadowy, fearsome man who may or may not have helped launder it. But as adrenaline-filled nights began taking their toll, Joey Coyle's dream-come-true evolved into a nightmare: Whom could he trust? With an entire city on the hunt, for how long could he continue to hide? And was he prepared to live his life in constant fear of being caught, maybe even killed?

By one of our most evocative and versatile chroniclers of American life, Finders Keepers is not only a gripping true-life thriller, it is the remarkable tale of an ordinary man faced with an extraordinary dilemma, and the fascinating reactions-from complicity to concern to betrayal-of the friends, family, and neighbors to whom he turns.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786248926
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 12/15/2002
Series: Core Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.66(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

MARK BOWDEN is the author of seven books, including The Best Game Ever, Bringing the Heat, Killing Pablo, and Guests of the Ayatollah. He reported at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and other magazines. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

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Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Eric_J_Guignard More than 1 year ago
This is a journalistic account of the true story of Joey Coyle, an out-of-work and drug-addicted 28 year old man, who finds $1.2 million which had fallen from an armored truck. It’s a riveting drama which at turns takes twists into humor and suspense but ends, unfortunately, as a tragedy. Coyle is portrayed as an amiable man who essentially blows through much of the money in two weeks, simply by giving it away to homeless, using it on drugs, “forgetting” where he put it, and sharing it with shady businessmen and friends who find out about his fortune and begin to confront him for a piece of the loot. Add to all this, Joey increasingly uses methamphetamine (speed) which causes him paranoid delusions and crippling anxiety. Finders Keepers is sharp and well-written; a fascinating tale of an ordinary man faced with a moral dilemma, and the ensuing reactions of family, friends, neighbors, and police who become a part of his misadventures. Five out of Five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like two thirds of my money back. The story was stretched and babbled just like Joey and company. I expected a lot more story for $10.00.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A quick read!! Non-fiction which reads like fiction as the situation is so unbelievable. Joey Coyle, while out driving with his buddies sees a cart in the street which he (Joey) thinks can be sold as scrap or for a tool box. When Joey gets out to get the cart, bags of money fall out!! The book follows the next seven days of the life of Joey Coyle and his friends and acquaintances throughout Philadelphia, NJ and New York. The writing style is real and earthy. Having traveled to Philadelphia and the New Jersey area the descriptions of the areas where Joey lived make the book come to life. One of the answers being sought by the reader, is what is Joey going to do? An excellent book to read for its pure entertainment value. The way it is written and divided up into newspaper type chapters makes it a book that can be read on the run by the reader!!