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Valentino Pier
by Reed Farrel Coleman


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781459802094
  • ISBN-10: 1459802098
  • Publisher: Raven Books
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 137

Series: Rapid Reads

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Private Investigators
Books > Fiction > Urban

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

At the start of Edgar-finalist Coleman’s cliché-ridden sequel to Dirty Work, New York City gumshoe Gulliver Dowd, acutely aware of his physical deformities, offers to help Ellis Torres, a 10-year-old street kid, find a missing dog, appropriately named Ugly. Gulliver easily masters that challenge, but things get more complicated when Ellis is beaten into a coma. Dowd resolves to find justice for the boy, and also hopes to recharge his nonexistent love life by hooking up with an attractive assistant at the veterinarian’s office where he had Ugly treated. The short sentences and dependent clauses rapidly become tiresome (“There was a knock at the door. Ugly didn’t like that. He stirred. Walked to the door. Growled a low, steady growl”). Characters respond to danger with inappropriate wisecracks that further diminish any sense of plausibility. And certain passages will have readers just scratching their heads in confusion. Agent: David Hale Smith, Inkwell Management. (Sept.)

 
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