Winner of the Shamus Award. Nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, and Barry awards.
"Reed Farrel Coleman is a terrific writer . . . a hard-boiled poet. . . . If life were fair, Coleman would be as celebrated as [George] Pelecanos and [Michael] Connelly."Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
Ex-NYPD cop turned PI and entrepreneur Moe Prager is faced with a gut-wrenching case. The apparent suicide of his old friend and NYPD chief of detectives Larry McDonald forces Moe back onto the decaying Coney Island streets he patrolled when he was in uniform. But now, beneath the boardwalk and behind the rusted and crumbling rides of the midway, he finds a trail of death, betrayal, and corruption reaching back to 1972.
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Reed Farrel Coleman has published twelve novels, including two under his pen name Tony Spinosa, and Tower, co-authored with Ken Bruen. He has been twice nominated for the Edgar Award and is a three-time winner of the Shamus Award. Reed is the former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America and was the editor of the anthology Hard Boiled Brooklyn. The sixth Moe Prager novel, Innocent Monster, will be published by Tyrus Books in October 2010. Reed is an adjunct professor in creative writing at Hofstra University, and he lives with his family on New York's Long Island.