Drop Dead Punk: A Coleridge Taylor Mystery

Rich Zahradnik. Camel, $14.95 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-60381-209-2
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.)
Reviewed on: 06/22/2015
Release date: 08/01/2015
Genre: Fiction
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