Coleman's Moe Prager is just quirky enough to burrow into your memory. I liked The James Deans... so this purchase seemed natural. Hey... liked this o..Show More »ne more. Andy Caploe brings Moe and his ensemble alive. This book's perfect for the gym, masks the pain like a double Irish single malt. Nice....
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!
I think very highly of the Moe Prager series. Moe is a solid character. The Hurt Machine is set in Moe's later years. Moe has been a police officer, a..Show More » private eye, and a wine shop owner. Now Moe has cancer and is focusing on a murder no one else seems to want to uncover.
If you like Micheal Connelly's Bosch series and are looking for something along the same line, your not going to get closer than Prager. Hurt Machine is not the best entry in the series. I'd recommend starting from the beginning. This one is a little far fetched.
I think that the narrator was not up to women's voices. Often he made characters seems stupid through inflection.
An unknown author by the name of Joe Hensley wrote a novel called Snowbirds Blood. Its about a senior citizen coping with mortality while he searches for his missing wife. It struck me that this novel was very similar in pitch to Hurt Machine, but was masterfully done instead of cliched.
This was a flashback story, a welcome prequel to the rest in the series. Although #8, it should be called #0. It isn't my favorite in the series, but ..Show More »it was a well thought out glimpse into Moe Prager's college days and how he stumbled into becoming a cop. Being only a few years older than Moe, I found these reflections on life in the 1960's believable. There were so many twists and turns in the story that I have the feeling that I ought to reread it to get it all straight.
I listened to the audiobook. Somehow I didn't care for Andy Caploe's narration as much as in later books. I had the feeling he was trying too hard to lay a stronger Brooklyn accent on Moe than when he was older. Was it just me, or did anyone else have this reaction? Strange.
It was a fitting end to what has been an excellent series. It was not really a mystery in the true sense of the word, but I can't say more without int..Show More »roducing spoilers. The storyline dragged at times; I had the feeling that Coleman didn't know where he was going with this. Still, I liked Moe Prager as a protagonist and look forward to future writings by this author.