A Brady Coyne Novel
By William G. Tapply
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312358303, 320pp.)
Publication Date: September 30, 2008
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Boston attorney Brady Coyne finds his own past coming back to haunt his professional life when his ex-girlfriend Alex Shaw, long out of touch, reappears, wanting Brady to represent her brother. Augustine Shaw was a notable photo-journalist, happily married with two small children – until he returned from a stint in Iraq missing a hand and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Now he’s lost his career, his peace of mind and his family.
Brady is hired to seem him through the divorce. The client wasn’t eager to accept Brady’s representation, but before the divorce proceedings are very far along, the photographer is found dead in his rented apartment, an apparent suicide.
But something isn’t right and Brady starts to think the suicide was staged. With very little to go on and with everyone around him wanting to quickly close the books on what appears to be a tragic case, Brady soon finds himself alone, in the midst of one of the most dangerous situations of his entire life, and facing people who do anything to avoid being exposed.
William G. Tapply was the author of more than two dozen novels, many of them featuring his signature character, Brady Coyne. He was also the author of the critically acclaimed Stoney Calhoun novels, as well as several books on fishing and wildlife. The Writer in Residence at Clark University, Tapply lived with his wife, novelist Vicki Stiefel, in Hancock, New Hampshire.
"Tapply just keeps writing excellent prose, filled with fine characters and solidly crafted plots….If you haven’t already discovered him, start now." – Globe and Mail (Toronto) on Nervous Water
"Adept at plot and characterization…Tapply can be counted on to provide maximum enjoyment." – San Diego Union-Tribune on Out Cold