Why didn't I know about his mysteries? These are great! If you like your mystery with a bit of noir, you'll enjoy Moe Prager, a Jewish ex-cop with a b..Show More »it of Brooklyn (ok, a lot of Brooklyn). He's a bit flawed, and he's tough but not too tough. There's a dark humor to his characters, and Moe sees the world around him with a sad clarity. The story itself is a twisty tale of police bureaucracy and family secrets. I enjoyed the book a lot and Andy Capole did a nice job with the narration. I plan to listen to the next two books in the series over the next couple of weeks...I'm hoping that they are as good as this one.
Reed Farrel Coleman captivates me. Moe Praeger's a wonderful character, he wanders through tight plots, the supporting cast is always interestingly di..Show More »mensional and AndyCaploe is a gifted reader. So... Why the "but"? Coleman got a tad preachy in this work. Praeger's internal monologues driven by the looseness of his cultural moorings are more than just a subplot in Redemption Street. Yeah... I understand the book's name and its metaphorical cement to the motivations which explain serious plot twists. But... but... Oy! So much guilt I don't need!
Careful... start with the earlier book in the Praeger series to understand the dark undertone of Praeger's personal culture. I did, now I'm going to find the next in the series. Hey... I told you... VERY GOOD but... The but doesn't keep me from recommending Redemption Street and the additional enjoyment of Andy Caploe's characterizations.
Intricate plot, rich main characters. Narration ok
This is my first venture into the Moe Prager mysteries, the third in the series of six (to date.) The protagonist, Moe Prager, is a private detective..Show More » of the "Sam Spade" genre and part-time wine merchant. Growing up in a Jewish family in New York, he married an Irish woman whose father he cannot stand, apparently for good reasons. It makes for a mixture of cultures that is typically New York. Moe is basically a good guy who cares about people, the opposite of the detached, coldly analytical detective. He is smart and has friends and relatives he likes and to whom he is committed. The plot was intricate and entertaining. I can't say how much I may have missed by starting in the middle of the series. I look forward to listening to others. The narration is acceptable, but it would have been better if Moe had a Brooklyn accent. Occasionally, a yiddish word comes into his vocabulary, but seems out of place. I will try others in the Moe Prager series. I note that some of his most recent ones have won awards, so maybe they get even better!
The detective part of the story is good, the mystery is well laid out and I like that the author leaves all the clues in plain view while the story is..Show More » told. I don't like narrators who have a dry mouth sound when they narrate. I know it's difficult to narrate but I can't help but want a better sounding voice when I'm paying Audible prices. Plus his imatition of women was like the sound of nails on a chalk board to my ears. Still the story pulled me through. The first person narrative was so bitter sweet as Moe is now a baby boomer coming to the end of his life with terminal cancer and sees everything though that lens of regret and acceptance of others as he looks at himself as honestly as he can.