Hurt Machine by Reed Farrel Coleman
(Moe Prager)

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At a pre-wedding party for his daughter Sarah, Moe Prager is approached by his ex-wife and former PI partner Carmella Melendez. It seems Carmella's estranged sister Alta has been murdered, but no one in New York City seems to care. Why? Alta, a FDNY EMT, and her partner had months earlier refused to give assistance to a dying man at a fancy downtown eatery.

Moe decides to help Carmella as a means to distract himself from his own life-and-death struggle. Making headway on the case is no mean feat as no one, including Alta's partner Maya Watson, wants to cooperate. Moe chips away until he discovers a cancer roiling just below the surface, a cancer whose symptoms include bureaucratic greed, sexual harassment, and blackmail. But is any of it connected to Alta's brutal murder?

 

About Reed Farrel Coleman

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Called a hardboiled poet by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and the noir poet laureate in The Huffington Post, Reed Farrel Coleman is the former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America. He currently resides in Long Island, New York.
 
Published November 18, 2011 by Tyrus Books. 309 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On the opening page of the novel, Moe exits his oncologist’s office thinking about death in a way he never has before.

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Publishers Weekly

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Two months before her demise, Conseco and a fellow EMT, Maya Watson, became the subject of international outrage after failing while off-duty to help Robert Tillman, a cook who suffered a fatal stroke at a Manhattan bistro.

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BC Books

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Or as Moe puts it, “It is one thing to say oy vey – 'oh, woe' – and another to say oy vey iz mir – woe is me.” Page 1 — Page 2

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I have the feeling that everything would be more meaningful to me if I understood more about the relationship between Prager and his ex, if I knew more about Nathan Martyr who turns up as a restaurant owner late in the investigation, or if I knew what happened to Prager's first wife.

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But their history runs too deep for Moe to turn Carmella down and he might have the chance to see Carmella’s son, who Moe had thought of as his own son when they were married.

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BC Books

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Hurt Machine is the seventh in Reed Farrel Coleman's Moe Prager detective series, and given the opening, in which the 60- plus Prager announces just after a pre-wedding party for his daughter that he has been diagnosed with cancer, it may well turn out to be the last.

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New York Journal of Books

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“Mr. Coleman adheres to the lean storyline of classic noir by paring down the story to its most essential elements, making the narrative arc curve just right, and then adding in familial conflict to give it some unusual peaks.”Former NYPD cop turned private detective Moe Prager has always been ph...

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Huntington News

-- or the novels of crime grandmaster Lawrence Block, who's my age and still active -- I recommend Reed Farrel Coleman's new Moe Prager novel "Hurt Machine" (Tyrus Books trade paperback, 319 pages, $15.95).

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Moe Prager is asked by his ex-wife to look into the murder of her sister, an EMT vilified by her colleagues and the press when, in an emergency situation, she refused to help one Robert Tillman, a man dying of a heart attack, in Hurt Machine, the seventh mystery in this series by Reed Far...

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Spinetingler Magazine

In Hurt Machine (Tyrus Books) Reed Farrel Coleman’s continuing private eye series, ex-cop Moe Prager investigates the execution style murder of his former sister-in-law, Alta, a New York City paramedic who, shortly before her death, refused to help a dying man in a restaurant.

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ForeWord Reviews

When hard-boiled private investigator Moe Prager embarks on what seems a fool’s quest to find the murderer of Alta Conseco, his ex-wife’s sister, he has just received a dire prognosis from his oncologist.

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The last thing that ever occurred to Katrina was that this new life would start out with a white lie leading to another lie and another lie up to the point where Katrina finds herself lying to protect a murderer.

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