The Gus Murphy Series

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 174 ratings

Where It Hurts Publisher's Summary

From award-winning New York Times best-selling author Reed Farrel Coleman comes a gritty, atmospheric new series about the other side of Long Island, far from the wealth of the Hamptons, where real people live - and die.

Gus Murphy thought he had the world all figured out. A retired Suffolk County cop, he had everything a man could want: a great marriage, two kids, a nice house, and the rest of his life ahead of him. But when tragedy strikes, his life is thrown into complete disarray. In the course of a single deadly moment, his family is blown apart, and Gus is transformed from a man who believes he understands everything into a man who understands nothing.

Divorced and working as a courtesy van driver for the run-down hotel in which he has a room, Gus has settled into a mindless, soulless routine that barely keeps his grief at arm's length. But his comfortable waking trance comes to an end when ex-con Tommy Delcamino comes to him for help. Four months earlier, TJ Delcamino's battered body was discovered in a wooded lot, yet the police don't seem interested in pursuing the killers. In desperation, Tommy seeks out the only cop he ever trusted: Gus Murphy.

Gus reluctantly agrees to see what he can uncover. As he begins to sweep away the layers of dust that have collected over the case during the intervening months, Gus finds that Delcamino is telling the truth. It seems that everyone involved with the late TJ Delcamino - from his best friend to his girlfriend, from a gang enforcer to a mafia capo and even the police - has something to hide, and all are willing to go to extreme lengths to hide it. Gus has taken on a dangerous favor as he claws his way back to take a place among the living, all while searching through the sewers for a killer.

©2016 Reed F. Coleman, Inc. (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Where It Hurts

    • The Gus Murphy Series, Book 1
    • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
    • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 132

    Gus Murphy thought he had the world all figured out. A retired Suffolk County cop, he had everything a man could want: a great marriage, two kids, a nice house, and the rest of his life ahead of him. But when tragedy strikes, his life is thrown into complete disarray. In the course of a single deadly moment, his family is blown apart, and Gus is transformed from a man who believes he understands everything into a man who understands nothing.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A depressing, slow-moving story.

    • By MidwestGeek on 04-06-16

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 2

    • What You Break

    • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Gus Murphy and his girlfriend, Magdalena, are put in harm's way when Gus is caught up in the distant aftershocks of heinous crimes committed decades ago in Vietnam and Russia. Gus' ex-priest pal, Bill Kilkenny, introduces him to a wealthy businessman anxious to have someone look more deeply into the brutal murder of his granddaughter. Though the police already have the girl's murderer in custody, they have been unable to provide a reason for the killing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great story. Great narration.

    • By William Senkowsky on 03-18-17

    Regular price: $24.47