Drop Dead Punk: A Coleridge Taylor Mystery (Coleridge Taylor Mysteries, Book 2)

 
9781504791083: Drop Dead Punk: A Coleridge Taylor Mystery (Coleridge Taylor Mysteries, Book 2)

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Coleridge Taylor is searching for his next scoop on the police beat. The Messenger-Telegram reporter has a lot to choose from on the crime-ridden streets of New York City in 1975. One story outside his beat is grabbing all the front page glory: New York teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, and President Ford just told the city, as the Daily News so aptly puts it, ''drop dead.''

Taylor's situation is nearly as desperate. His home is a borrowed dry-docked houseboat, his newspaper may also be on the way out, and his drunk father keeps getting arrested. A source sends Taylor down to Alphabet City, where he finds two dead bodies: a punk named Johnny Mort and a cop named Robert Dodd. Each looks too messed up to have killed the other, so Taylor starts asking around. The punk was a good kid, the peace-loving guardian angel of the neighborhood's stray dogs. What led him to mug a woman at gunpoint? And why is officer Samantha Callahan being accused of leaving her partner to die, even though she insists the police radio misled her?

It's hard enough being a female in the NYPD only five years after women were assigned to patrol, and now the department wants to throw her to the wolves. That's not going to happen -- not if Taylor can help it. As he falls for Samantha -- a beautiful, dedicated second-generation cop -- he realizes he's too close to his story. Officer Callahan is a target, and Taylor is standing between her and some mighty big guns.

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About the Author:

Rich Zahradnik has been a journalist over thirty years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media, including online, newspaper, broadcast, magazine, and wire services. He lives with his wife and son in Pelham, New York, where he teaches elementary school kids how to publish online and print newspapers.

Review:

"The New York City financial crisis of 1975 provides the dramatic backdrop for Zahradnik's frenetic sequel to 2014's Last Words... Taylor, who lives for the big story, makes an appealingly single-minded hero."-Publishers Weekly

4 Stars: "Drop Dead Punk provides hours of engrossing entertainment. The protagonist's choices, both good and bad, illustrate the depth and complexity of this utterly relatable character. As the action develops and intensifies, the pace moves from moderate to fast. The 1970s New York City backdrop seems well researched. Book two of the Coleridge Taylor series is a thoroughly satisfying read that will keep readers guessing until the end."
--RT Reviews

5 Stars: "Author Rich Zahradnik has done an amazing job at creating characters that the reader will truly care about, and if that's not a sign of a great writer, I don't know what is. Any reader who enjoys mysteries, an exciting read, a little bit of romance, or simply a great read will love Drop Dead Punk. I highly recommend this novel, and am excited to read more from Rich Zahradnik as soon as possible."
--Tracy A. Fischer for Reader's Favorite Reviews

"I think Coleridge Taylor not only has a highly interesting job, newspaper reporter, but is one of the most interesting characters to come along in quite a while. Mr. Zahradnik has written a story that will keep you going in circles as Taylor tries to sort through all the clues. Drop Dead Punk is quite an engrossing book. Don't start this book late at night as it will cost you sleep as you try to finish it before you go to bed."-Vic's Media Room

"As you follow the story and uncover the clues, finally reaching the end, you come up for air. It was the writing, how the author kept me curious and anxious for the characters, especially Taylor, and excited to get answers to my questions, plus how easily and quickly the story flowed, that got this a high recommendation from me. 5 Stars."-Laura's Ramblings and Reviews

"A fast-paced, deeply entertaining and engrossing novel. Last Words is the first book in a mystery series featuring the intrepid investigative reporter. Readers will be glad these aren't the last words from this talented author." --Robin Farrell Edmunds, ForeWord Magazine

The New York City financial crisis of 1975 provides the dramatic backdrop for Zahradnik's frenetic sequel to 2014's Last Words. When police officer Robert Dodd starts to chase a mugger in Greenwich Village, Dodd's partner, Samantha Callahan, is unable to keep up. By the time Callahan catches up, Dodd and the mugger, who turns out to be punk rocker Johnny Mort, are both lying dead in the street after an apparent exchange of gunfire. Coleridge Taylor, an investigative reporter for the New York Messenger-Telegram, begins probing the oddities of the crime. When the newspaper folds and leaves Taylor without a job, he stays on the case. As he learns more about Mort, Dodd, and Callahan, he becomes convinced the shooting was a setup, but it's unclear who may have been the target. Taylor, who lives for the big story, makes an appealingly single-minded hero. Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency. (Aug.)
--Publishers Weekly, June 22, 2015
4 Stars: "Drop Dead Punk provides hours of engrossing entertainment. The protagonist's choices, both good and bad, illustrate the depth and complexity of this utterly relatable character. As the action develops and intensifies, the pace moves from moderate to fast. The 1970s New York City backdrop seems well researched. Book two of the Coleridge Taylor series is a thoroughly satisfying read that will keep readers guessing until the end."
--RT Reviews (October 2015)

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