Publication Date: September 2009
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A literary crime novel by the 2008 Edgar Award nominees Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman.
Ken Bruen is the two-time Shamus Award-winning author of the Jack Taylor crime novels, the Brant series, and London Boulevard, soon to be a major motion picture, written and directed by Oscar winner William Monahan (The Departed). He lives in Galway, Ireland. Reed Farrel Coleman was Brooklyn born and raised. He is the former Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America. His third Moe Prager novel, The James Deans, won the Shamus, Barry and Anthony Awards for Best Paperback Original. The book was further nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, and Gumshoe Awards.
Nominated for the 2010 Anthony, Macavity & Spinetingler Awards!
"It's a story as old as hard-boiled fiction, but Bruen, the prolific and gifted Irishman, and Coleman, his new partner in crime, have given it new life... Bruen's prose is some of the leanest, meanest writing crime fans will find, and Coleman's more discursive style amplifies and explicates the story, in the same way that John Coltrane's lyrical saxophone built on the clipped trumpet ideas of Miles Davis. The result is more than the sum of its parts, and it brings to mind Dennis Lehane's brilliant Mystic River. Readers who like their streets mean, and their criminals and cops meaner, will love Tower." -- Booklist
"Plot plays second fiddle to the specifics of sharply etched characters relayed in a prose style that frequently lands a punch to the gut. VERDICT: These two writers have amassed a mantle full of prizes and bevies of fans; much of the fun they must have had playing off each other comes across in this successful collaboration." -- Library Journal
"Busted Flush Press has just released its first original novel... billed as a crime tale, and what a tale it is.... Tower is a brutal, and sometimes tender, noir novel that careens through Brooklyn, Manhattan, Boston and Philadelphia, leaving you breathless and stunned." -- Shelf Awareness
"Brutally poetic... Bruen and Coleman shine... displaying all the literary chops that have made their novels such cult favorites among mystery fans." -- Publishers Weekly
"With Tower, Bruen and Coleman deliver an unflinching, yet moving portrait of friendship in the face of blood, dishonor, and death." -- Peter Spiegelman, Shamus Award-winning author of Red Cat