Synopses & Reviews
“The story and the characters will hook you, and Coleman’s lightly warped take on the world will make you laugh, dark as the tale is.”—Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness
“Whenever our customers are looking for a new series to read, they often leave with a copy of Walking the Perfect Square. It has easily been our best-selling backlist title. Thank you, Busted Flush, for bringing this classic ‘Moe’ back into print!”—Gary Shulze, Once Upon a Crime Mystery Bookstore (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
“Moe is a fine sleuth. Coleman is an excellent writer.”—Publishers Weekly
Introducing Brooklyn private eye Moe Prager in his first acclaimed crime novel.
"Among the undying conventions of detective fiction is the one that requires every retired cop to have a case that still haunts him. Reed Farrel Coleman blows the dust off that cliche in Walking the Perfect Square with a mystery that would get under anyone's skin." -- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
"Reed Farrel Coleman is a terrific writer... a hard-boiled poet... If life were fair, Coleman would be as celebrated as [George] Pelecanos and [Michael] Connelly." -- Maureen Corrigan, NPRs Fresh Air
"Reed Farrel Coleman is one of the more original voices to emerge from the crime fiction field in the last ten years. For the uninitiated, Walking the Perfect Square is the place to start." -- George Pelecanos, best-selling author of The Way Home
Back in print, the first book in Reed Farrel Coleman's two-time Edgar Award-nominated author of the Moe Prager private eye series. Recently retired due to a freak accident, NYPD officer Moe Prager is lost. In pain and without the job he loves, Moe relunctantly settles on the notion of going into the wine business with his brother. When a suburban college student vanishes off the streets of Manhattan, Prager's universe is turned upside down and his life changed forever. Hired by the student's desperate family, Moe plunges deep into the world of New York's punk underground, sex clubs, and biker bars. Politicians, journalists, and crooked cops seem hell-bent on stopping him in his tracks. Set in the gritty city streets of the late seventies and the present day, Walking the Perfect Square is a unique mystery that delivers a compelling look at one man's efforts to find a man who was never really there and to protect his family from an unbearable truth.
Back in print, the first book in Coleman's two-time Edgar Award-nominated Moe Prager private-eye series.
About the Author
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. Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of Die a Little, The Song Is You, and Queenpin. She also edited Busted Flush Press' female noir anthology, A Hell of a Woman. Her Damn Near Dead (Busted Flush Press) short story, "Policy," was the basis for her Edgar-winning novel, Queenpin. She has a Ph.D. in English and American literature.