The James Deans (Moe Prager Series #3)

The James Deans (Moe Prager Series #3)

by Reed Farrel Coleman

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ISBN-13: 9781440563867
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Series: Moe Prager Series , #3
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 563,730
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Reed Farrel Coleman is a New York Times bestselling author that has been called a "hard-boiled poet" by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and the "noir poet laureate" in The Huffington Post. He has published more than twenty-five previous novels, including novels in Robert Parker’s Jesse Stone series, the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series, and the Gus Murphy series. A three-time winner of the Shamus Award, he has also won the Anthony, Macavity, Barry, and Audie Awards. He lives with his family on Long Island.

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The James Deans (Moe Prager Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Whenever we go to a new city, we always seek out the independent bookstores. I especially look for the mystery bookstores and have come to ask the same question of each one: what are some must read mysteries? Thanks to the great saleman at Mystery on Main Street in Brattleboro, VT, I have now become a Moe Prager fan, whose mysteries are written by Reed Farrel Coleman (who looks like a private eye). When I read that Coleman is coming out with a new book, I knew I had to catch up with the 5 or 6 books in the series (I¿d only read two.)There are some mysteries that are action packed and some that are riveting courtroom dramas. But there are few where you get to know the characters, where there is a life outside of crime. Ed McBain¿s 87th Precinct series is one that comes to mind and Moe Prager is another. Moe is an everyday guy. He lives in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. He was disabled while on the NYPD force due to a freak accident and was retired. He owns a wine store with his brother Aaron and keeps his private detective license in case a case comes up. His claim to fame was finding a missing girl when no one else could and this keeps haunting him because missing person cases seem to keep coming his way.In The James Deans, when Moe and his wife, Katy, are invited to the posh wedding of a former wine store employee, he wonders why. He soon finds out. Her well heeled father, Thomas Geary, wants Prager to find out what happened to Moira Heaton, an intern in State Senator Steve Brightman¿s office. She left one day about a year ago and never returned. All eyes turn to Brightman. Of course a detective agency was hired, with no results. So Geary turns to Prager to clear Brightman¿s name so he can resume his meteoric rise in politics. Prager finds out what happens to Moira and more.Moe Prager is a truly likeable guy. He¿s smart, philosophical, realistic and caring. Coleman¿s writing is readable, enjoyable and unpretentious. His plots are realistic. There are some slimeballs, some nice guys and some characters to be pitied in Moe Prager¿s life.While you don¿t have to read the series in order, I¿d do it since there aren¿t too many books to catch up on and they¿re fast reads. I¿d probably pick up a nice bottle of wine to get in the mood, kick back and relax. Let me know what you think.
markatread on LibraryThing 27 days ago
The first two-thirds of this book are as good as mysteries get. The characters are sharply drawn and the relationships are subtle and believable. Moe Prager is asked, then corerced into looking into a missing persons case where a once promising politician's career is stalled because everyone believes he had somethng to do with his female intern's disappearance. Moe was a policeman who became disabled when he slipped on a piece of carbon paper at work. He and his brother have opened thier second wine store and are sucessful as businessmen in the Reganomics Era of 1983. Moe loves his wife and they are slowly dealing with a recent miscarriage. Moe is the opposite of so many detectives in fiction - he is a good husband, father and brother. He takes the case because it is the right thing to do, and discovers what happens to the girl in a story that has almost perfect pacing. One of the things that rings truest in the story is the use of New York City, especially the use of Brooklyn as Moe drives across the city meeting his friends and the family of the missing girl. Everything rings true.Then he solves the case. But he begins to have nagging doubts about the confession that solved the case. Then he crosses the state line and goes into New Jersey and the case starts to fall apart. But even more problematic for the reader is that the writing that was so poignant and clearly developed in the first two-thirds of the book becomes disjointed and clumsy. Moe goes from New Jersey, to Chicago, and then on to Miami. He sends his friend to California for obscure reasons and then comes back to Brooklyn and confronts the bad guy in a very unbelievable ending. The book does recover somewhat in the Epilogue. The well developed characters and the subtlety of the first part of the book returns. What you liked about the book is there as the book ends. But the New Jersey, to Chicago, to Miami leg of the trip is a disappointment.
oldbookswine on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A real pulp mystery with all the charm of a 1950's series. Moe Prager, an ex-policeman facing a family crisis tries to solve a cold case of a missing girl. Well written, well plotted and a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just an outstanding story with great recognizable characters. Well written with no obvious conclusions. I was disappointed when it ended and have ordered every book he has written.Just when I thought I was running out of authors.
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Jackie Gill More than 1 year ago
Connelly just keeps cranking these investigative tales out one after another and theyre all so good
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When he is cornered at an employee¿s wedding in 1983 New York, the last thing wine shop owner and private investigator Moe Prager is to work for a politician. A former cop who was forced on disability by a piece of carbon paper on a waxed floor, Moe has had enough of being manipulated and holds a secret that could destroy his marriage. However, a carrot and stick approach by the bride¿s father forces Moe into working for State Senator Steven Brightman and investigating the disappearance of his female intern in Reed Farrel Coleman¿s The James Deans (Plume).. Moe soon makes headway into the case, but after coming to a conclusion that leaves everyone satisfied niggling doubts begin to force Moe into looking a little closer at a case that has been tidily resolved. Now, Moe must decide whether to open a can of worms that would leave the powerful and his own friends particularly unhappy with his actions. From the Senator down to the neighborhood bar owner, all are invested in the nicely wrapped package Moe has presented to the city. To continue investigating means that Moe risks sacrificing his career, his family, and his friends. Moe Prager is a wonderfully down-to-earth detective who, although bored with his mundane life, would rather avoid a fight than wield his muscle. His love for his family makes him engagingly human, especially when he knows that a secret he shares with his father-in-law will one day explode and shatter his marriage (Walking the Perfect Square, 2001). Not overly bright but always quick with a quip yet never annoyingly so, it¿s his ethics and sense of honor that make Moe shine. Taking a turn at writing his version of the Chandra Levy/Gary Condit scandal, Coleman does an original twist with the plot as halfway through, just when you think the mystery has been solved, he boomerangs the story and leads Moe into making a decision that forces him to look deep into his soul and his sense of justice. While Coleman does make a few obvious references meant to give a wink and a nod to the present (a poetic look at the sturdy World Trade Center and jokes about a going-nowhere Arkansas Senator), he writes a riveting plot and creates a vivid portrait of eighties New York City. Always entertaining with a character who is never disappoints, Coleman continues a series that improves and expands on a truly unique character.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Former New York cop Moe Prager and his wife attend a wedding ceremony for his assistant Constance in the fancy Long Island estate of her father. During the gala, Constance¿s dad Mr. Geary asks Moe if he remembers former State Senator Steven Brightman, whose career died when he was linked to a dead intern, Moira Heaton. At the time of the incident two years ago, Moe was working a difficult case in the Catskills so he knows little about the Brightman incident. Mr. Geary hires Moe to uncover what happened so that Brightman¿s once bright career can rise from the ashes like a Phoenix. Though Moe owns wine shops in Brooklyn, he accepts the private investigation.--- Moe interviews broken down cop Pete Parson and next his father-in-law, a major political fund raiser. Quickly Moe uncovers the identity of the killer, but something does not seem right as the resolution was achieved too easily, too quickly, and too perfectly. Moe continues to make inquiries and soon uncovers a much better buried secret that makes someone want him silent.--- THE JAMES DEANS is an excellent private investigative tale starring a delightful inner city ¿broken down¿ former cop whose personal life has collapsed ever since his beloved wife miscarried a few months ago; she has failed to emotionally recover.. The investigation is filled with clever twists and turns that seem right yet will stun the audience who will think they have resolved who killed Moira when another spin occurs. Reed Farrel Coleman has provided a fabulous tale starring a strong hero and a wonderful secondary cast that will send the audience seeking more Moe works like WALKING THE PERFECT SQUARE.--- Harriet Klausner