It all begins when PI Gulliver Dowd is approached by Ellis Torres, a street kid, on Valentino Pier in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Ellis has lost his dog, and after Gulliver helps to find the dog for him, they go their separate ways. So when Ellis is discovered beaten, unconscious and left for dead not far from the pier early the following morning, Gulliver is horrified—and suspicious. He sets out to find the attacker and learn why the boy was targeted. What Gulliver uncovers by way of bizarre clues—amidst threats of danger to himself and his loved ones—leads him on his most curious case yet. Undeniably, there is something amiss at Valentino Pier.
About the Author
Called a "hard-boiled poet" by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and "the noir poet laureate" in the Huffington Post, Reed Farrel Coleman has published over fifteen novels. He is an adjunct instructor of English at Hofstra University and lives with his family on Long Island. For more information, visit www.reedcoleman.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Quick, easy read but designed that way. This is part of a series of novellete easy reads for grown ups. Not sure how I feel about that. It seems like a contribution to the dumbing down of the public by feeding them fiction for the lowest common denominator. On the other hand it may help to get some semi-literate adults interested. I have read some of Coleman's Moe Prager series and enjoyed them. They are well plotted and filled with fully fleshed out characters. Despite what some of the reviews say, I found this main character, Gulliver Dowd, not so well done. First, a Little Person named Gulliver? Too cute. His abilities are amazing and a little cliche for this genre despite his size. The story? A little fast and a little thin, I thought. I applaud Mr. Coleman's effort to promote reading but also feel he knuckled under to mass market dimwittedness.
For those readers who are unfamiliar with Raven Books' Rapid Reads, I highly recommend them for commuters, or coffee/lunch breaks. They are complete stories told in a condensed time. PI Gulliver Dowd is not your usual protagonist. I love this character--tough, gritty with heart, his stature is short and twisted but don't underestimate him. I truly enjoy his characterization that is reminiscent of the old hard-boiled pot-boiler plots of his predecessors of the early days of pulp fiction. This is the second Gulliver Dowd book I've read but was quite different from the first. In this outing the character's soft side comes forward without making him any less of a threat to his suspects or villains as the case may be. Befriending a young boy, obviously a street kid, he helps him find his well-named dog, Ugly. A bond quickly begins to form between them regardless of Gulliver's hesitancy about pets, dogs in particular; but when the boy is attacked and near death it's Gulliver and Ugly who seek the answers. I enjoyed the book once again along with the characters old and new. Well-written series by Reed Farrel Coleman.