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Blood Alley [Kindle Edition]

Tom Coffey
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Starred Review. Set in New York City in 1946, this superb crime novel from Coffey (Miami Twilight) will remind many readers of the hard-hitting work of James Ellroy. Soon after Patrick Grimes, a psychologically scarred WWII vet who's a reporter for a tabloid newspaper, arrives at a crime scene in a seedy Manhattan neighborhood known as Blood Alley, he realizes that the police are intent on framing the African-American watchman who discovered the body of society girl Amanda Price for murder. Grimes's independent investigation soon puts him at odds with Amanda's wealthy family as well as his own supervisors at the paper. The reporter doggedly follows a twisted trail of real estate transactions and corrupt businessmen to uncover a number of powerful people who might have wanted Amanda dead. Sterling prose (It was the voice of a girl who knew she would never be lonely because all her hellos were given to people who wanted her company) and a pulse-pounding plot combined with an authentic picture of a mob-ruled New York City make this a compelling read. (May)
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In this hard boiled detective novel, Patrick Grimes, a WWII veteran and reporter, investigates the murder of a young woman in a seedy area of NYC. He uncovers truths that jeopardize not his only his life but his sanity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183069
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (March 13 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00758V9Y6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars blood alley Jan. 9 2013
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Very interesting, easy to get through, a few good surprises, i was not expecting that ending. not sure i understood it myself.
Good read, I could not wait to get back to it .
JoAnne Rivard
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of the seamy stuff. March 13 2013
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Greed and violence drive this story. It's a colourful take on life in New York during the 1940s. If you're up for an detective story with a few twists, this is for you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cut above most murder mysteries May 25 2008
By Roy E. Perry - Published on
In Blood Alley, Tom Coffey (The Serpent's Club, 1999; Miami Twilight, 2001) has written a powerful novel about a brutal murder in Manhattan and the Machiavellian financial shenanigans of those who worship mammon.

Patrick Grimes, 23, a lapsed Irish Catholic, is a rookie rewrite man for The New York Examiner. A decorated war hero--he was awarded the Bronze Star for fierce fighting against the Germans in Tuscany, north of the Arno River--he is "not blessed with faith but cursed by skepticism." In the story that unfolds, he has good reasons for not trusting those in authority.

In Blood Alley, a grimy, squalid. and blighted stretch of slaughterhouses, breweries, tenements. and flophouses wedged along the East River, the body of a rich young woman, Amanda Price, is discovered, and an innocent black man, William Anderson, is railroaded as her killer.

Post-war New York City, a great citadel of capitalism that boasts "the best police force money can buy," is a hotbed of rampant racism and corruption.

In seeking to establish Anderson's innocence, Grimes battles an array of ruthless, power-hungry adversaries, and puts his own life--and sanity--at risk.

Blood Alley is a cut above most murder mysteries. Grimes is quite the philosopher, a man who, in spite of his pessimism, is driven by a love of justice and struggles against all odds to find the truth.

The disturbing outcome of this novel, echoing the poet's assessment that "the world is too much with us, late and soon," reveals the fine line between cynicism and realism.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very retro, very noir July 30 2008
By David W. Nicholas - Published on
I've never read anything by Tom Coffey before. This book is unusual for a number of reasons. One odd one is that there's no dust jacket, for some reason: instead, the illustration you see above is printed right on the cover. Second, it's from a publisher I've never heard of before called the Toby Press. And thirdly, it's set during the era just post-World War II, and the author manages to capture the era, as far as I can tell, very very well. The result is a fascinating tale of betrayal, intrigue, and murder, set in New York City.

Patrick Grimes is a war-hero reporter, not really comfortable yet in his job as a "rewrite man" on the night shift. When a call comes in to the newsroom announcing the discovery of a dead body, Grimes and a photographer go to the scene and find themselves looking at a dead socialite who shouldn't have been in the neighborhood. The police soon show up and it's clear that the fix is in: they promptly arrest the local night watchman, who's black, and beat a confession out of him. Grimes is outraged, and decides to try and find out what happened.

This is a very good story, clean and swift and intelligent, and well-written. There's enough violence and sex to interest the popcorn and soda crowd, and there's enough political intrigue and cameos by real individuals (Rockefeller's name appears repeatedly; so does mobster Frank Costello's) to make it interesting for the more cerebral among us. I really liked the story too: it has overtones of Chinatown, but is more believable. I would recommend this book to most who are interested in mysteries.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read May 24 2012
By Nina - Published on
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. The twists and turns kept me hooked. I could relate with his childhood as far as he described his mother and his relationship with his sister. This is a book I will read again, the ending does not disappoint. It's not an uplifting story, but a very human story. What we do morally, how we try to find redemption in our lives, can we? We try and sometimes that is not enough.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting features, but only mildly enjoyable to this reader Sept. 11 2012
By John H. Manhold - Published on
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Blood Alley ISBN 9781612183060, Amazon Encore e-book by Tom Coffey is a story about one man's herculean efforts against injustice in post World War II New York City. Grimes is a probationary copywriter for one of the city's tabloids. Because of a shortage of reporters, he is sent out to cover a murder in a local depressed area. He and the long time photographer arrive before the police, find a murdered woman, disturb the scene for better pictures, tip the night watchman who found the body, the police arrive and arrest the black watchman as the chief suspect. The woman has been volunteering at the local shelter for the poor and is the eldest daughter of a prominent businessman and philanthropist. Grimes attempts to demonstrate that Anderson, the accused, is not the murderer and this is where the plot unfolds. He is battling some of the most influential individuals and some of the most notorious mobsters of the era.
An evaluation of the presentation of the story is a mixed bag. It was fascinating to be reminded of such influential mobsters as Frank Costello and Bugsy Siegel and the building of the Flamingo in La Vegas, and of such persons as Sherman Billingsley and his Stork Club, Toots Shor, Walter Winchell, Jackie Robinson and Jake La Motta. The protagonist also is well presented as the product of a pleasant but alcoholic father and a staunchly religious mother with sadistic tendencies, but somewhat less so of one who had spent a considerable amount of time in hand-to-hand combat in the European theater during WW II. As a result, the naiveté of some of his actions are well-presented from his background and the time period, but somewhat less so in accord with his war experience. Thus, for some intangible reason, although wanting to equate with the character, I found it most difficult to do so. So to conclude, Blood Alley is a story that will appeal to many but was only mildly enjoyed by this reader. Reviewed by John H. manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and brisk Oct. 3 2008
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Tom Coffey's novel, "Blood Alley," doesn't waste a word. The story starts in post-WW2 New York City as a young newspaper reporter gets involved in a murder in which the prime suspect obviously is innocent. The main character tries to do the "right thing" and investigate, but soon bumps up against forces that are larger than he ever could have imagined. The plot jumps from one page to the next. I'm no expert on this type of book, but I know what I like and this book hit all of my checkmarks. It conjures up a sense of place and time nicely, has a story that isn't too simple but doesn't get the reader lost, and is, at its root, believable. This is definitely worth your time, especially if you like crime stories.
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