by Reed Farrel Coleman
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.
Fry Reading Level: 2.5
Pub Date: September 1, 2013
- 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 several novels. He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel of the Year and is a three-time Edgar Award nominee. He is an adjunct instructor of English at Hofstra University and lives with his family on Long Island. For more information, visit reedcoleman.com.
Sons of Spade blog—October 13, 2013
"Great things can come in small packages, and this series is proof of that. Not only does it feature a little person as a PI but it is also a pretty short novel. It's also a fantastic piece of PI fiction." Read full review.
Library Journal—September 1, 2013
"Coleman, the award-winning author of the Moe Prager series, is a welcome addition to the talented stable of writers who have joined Orca’s Rapid Reads line. Mixing accessible prose meant to draw in new and reluctant readers with an exciting plot, Coleman introduces a gutsy, street-savvy hero. More, please."
VOYA—October 1, 2013
"Features a plot that moves quickly and is filled with action...The sentence structure is simple, and the vocabulary is easy to understand, making it a great read for English-language learners."
CM Magazine—October 18, 2013
"An action-packed mystery...Well-written, fast paced, and loaded with interesting characters."