Created by Tony Spinosa
Pseudonym of Reed Farrel Coleman
“At his best, Rusty Monaco was a miserable, self-absorbed prick, and tonight he was paying even less attention than usual to the world outside his head”
— the first lines of The Fourth Victim
Ex-NYPD detective JOE SERPE is circling the drain, living in a dumpy Long Island apartment with only his cat Mulligan for company, divorced, and in mourning for his reputation as a police officer (charges of corruption), his partner (suicide) and his fireman brother(9/11). No wonder he’s drowning himself in vodka. But then he teams up with his retired internal affairs nemesis, BOB HEALY, and they go into business together.
Or more precisely, a variety of businesses: an aptly named bar (The Odd Couple), a small but potentially lucrative Long Island heating oil delivery company (hence the title of the first book in the series: Hose Monkey), and a private detective agency. Naturally, it’s the P.I. firm that’s struggling.
Serpe and Healy’s creator is actually Reed Farrel Coleman, best known as the Shamus-winning creator of P.I. Moe Prager (who likewise moonlights). He’s also the author of three novels featuring unorthodox investigator (and wannabe writer) Dylan Klein, several books about Gulliver Dowd, and most recently has taken over the writing of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series.
- “…an entertaining tour of Long Island’s dark side.”
— Mystery Scene Magazine on Hose Monkey
- “… one of the two best first lines this reviewer has come across in 25 years of hard-boiled reading (the opening to James Crumley’s The Last Good Kiss is still the best)
–Thomas Gaughan in Booklist
- Hose Monkey (2006) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
- Gun Bunnies (2007) | Buy this book
- The Fourth Victim (2008) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
- Hard-Boiled Poet: The Reed Farrel Coleman Interview
Jack Bludis grills Coleman on behalf of The Thrilling Detective Web Site.