Coleridge Taylor Mystery

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In March of 1975, as New York City hurtles toward bankruptcy and the Bronx burns, newsman Coleridge Taylor roams police precincts and ERs. He is looking for the story that will deliver him from obits, his place of exile at the Messenger-Telegram. Ever since he was demoted from the police beat for inventing sources, the 34-year-old has been a lost soul.

A break comes at Bellevue, where Taylor views the body of a homeless teen picked up in the Meatpacking District. Taylor smells a rat: The dead boy looks too clean, and he's wearing a distinctive army field jacket. A little digging reveals that the jacket belonged to a hobo named Mark Voichek and that the teen was a spoiled society kid up to no good, the son of a city official. Taylor's efforts to protect Voichek put him on the hit list of three goons who are willing to kill any number of street people to cover tracks that just might lead to city hall. Taylor has only one ally in the newsroom: young and lovely reporter Laura Wheeler. But time is not on his side, and if he doesn't wrap this story up soon, he'll be back on the obits page - as a headline, not a byline.

©2016 Rich Zahradnik (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Last Words

    • The Coleridge Taylor Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Rich Zahradnik
    • Narrated by: Donald Corren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In March of 1975, as New York City hurtles toward bankruptcy and the Bronx burns, newsman Coleridge Taylor roams police precincts and ERs. He is looking for the story that will deliver him from obits. A break comes at Bellevue, where Taylor views the body of a homeless teen picked up in the Meatpacking District. Taylor smells a rat: The dead boy looks too clean, and he's wearing a distinctive army field jacket.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Exciting story set in the mid-1970's. Good debut.

    • By MidwestGeek on 09-30-17

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 2

    • Drop Dead Punk

    • A Coleridge Taylor Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Rich Zahradnik
    • Narrated by: Donald Corren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    Coleridge Taylor is searching for his next scoop on the police beat. 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?

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 3

    • A Black Sail

    • The Coleridge Taylor Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Rich Zahradnik
    • Narrated by: Donald Corren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    On the eve of the US Bicentennial, newsman Coleridge Taylor is covering Operation Sail. New York Harbor is teeming with tall ships from all over the world. While enjoying the spectacle, Taylor is still a police reporter. He wants to cover real stories, and gritty New York City still has plenty of those in July of 1976. One surfaces right in front of him when a housewife is fished out of the harbor wearing bricks of heroin, inferior stuff users have been rejecting for China White.

    Regular price: $24.47