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Muscle Memory: A Brady Coyne Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

William G. Tapply
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April 14 2003 Brady Coyne Novels (Book 16)
Attorney Brady Coyne has found his bar buddy Mick Fallon-former Detroit Pistons' star-brooding in his beer. His wife Kaye's just stunned him with a file for divorce, and she's taking him for everything. What Mick needs is a weapon like Brady to fight back. What Brady needs first is for Mick to come clean about his troubled marriage.

What's no mystery is Mick's hair-trigger temper and gambling habit that's left him deep in debt to a local mobster. It's the third strike against him that's the eye-opener-Kaye's sudden brutal murder. With a motive that could hang him and an alibi nobody believes, Mick looks as guilty as sin-especially after he disappears.

Now Brady's left to defend a man wanted for murder and on the run from his secrets. But it's Brady's investigation into Kaye's private life that yields the most surprising secrets of all. As each one unfolds they bring Brady closer to the truth about the crimes of the heart that could claim one more life before they're exposed...

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Readers will find Tapply's 16th novel featuring attorney-sleuth Brady Coyne a pleasure, but they will have to forgive Coyne if he's holding a grievance. For Coyne's client, former pro-basketball player and long-time drinking buddy Mick Fallon, not only repeatedly lies to him, he also gets Coyne knocked unconscious and embroiled in a hostage situation. There's one grievance Coyne is certain Fallon is not responsible for, however: the death of Fallon's wife, who was suing Fallon for divorce before she was murdered. A "muscle memory" accrues to any action repeated so frequently that it becomes second nature. In Fallon's case, muscle memory enabled him to ace late-game free throws, but since he has retired, the practice has underpinned his reflexive habit of lying to hide his decades-long gambling problem, which has led to an alarming debt to Boston's most notorious mobster. Enter Coyne, who's recovering from his own divorce and isn't yet ready for the relationship opportunities that present themselves. Tapply (Cutter's Run) integrates Coyne's personal travails and his professional obligations, marking this novel as a model addition in a mature series: smoothly written, accessible to new readers and solidly plotted. with a singular, self-contained story that satisfies on its own while advancing the book-to-book progression of the series. Picking up the latest Brady Coyne novel could easily become a muscle memoryAthat is, for those to whom it's not one already. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When series lawyer Brady Coyne agrees to handle a divorce case, he opens the door to trouble. His client, in hock to the mob, disappears, and his client's wife is found murdered. A solid, satisfying Boston mystery.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous legal thriller starring a fresh Coyne July 3 1999
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When Mick Fallon pleaded with his friend attorney Brady Coyne to represent him during his wife's divorce proceedings, he swore he did not want to lose his beloved spouse, Kaye. Reluctantly, the Boston lawyer accepted Mick as his client. However, Brady quickly becomes frustrated with Mick because the former basketball star hides needed information. Apparently, Mick is also a professional liar, who owes an enormous amount of money to a local gambling mobster.
Kaye's lawyer Barbara Cooper earned her reputation as a barracuda who went for the jugular and who did not mind running up billable hours. Barbara forces Michael to provide a deposition of his assets. This quickly leads to Coyne learning that his client holds a major gambling debt. During the session, the hot headed Michael loses his cool several times. However, things turn bleak when someone murders Kaye and Michael vanishes. The police, the mob, and his attorney search for the prime suspect, the missing Michael.
The sixteenth Coyne novel is a fabulously fresh legal thriller that shows how talented author William G. Tapply is. The story line is entertaining as the divorce case turns into a murder mystery. Adding to the fun is Coyne's personal life moving forward even as he reluctantly begins a relationship. Sub-genre fans who want to read a quality legal series need to tap into the Coyne novels because they consistently are among the best of the best.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brady Coyne Winner Oct. 24 2000
William G. Tapply is one of the best writers out there today. His series character, lawyer Brady Coyne, is back with another case. Brady is asked by his friend, former NBA player Mick Fallon to help him fight a divorce which his wife Kaye wants. When Kaye is found murdered, Mick is the likely suspect. Brady's investigation turns up things in Kaye's life that are contrary to what most people believe about her. Tapply does a super job in drawing the character of Mick Fallon, who has a quick temper and a gambling problem. The plot is strong, as usual. This, the 16th Brady Coyne novel, is one of the best in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tapply yet Aug. 16 1999
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I've read all of the William Tapply's Brady Coyne mystery novels, but this is the best. Fast paced but very credible, very realistic and plausible, but still a zinger ending. Certain to be a long-time favorite. If you haven't yet read any of Tapply's books, start with this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery!!! Oct. 22 1999
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If William G. Tapply's books were published in paperback, they'd be flying off the bookshelves. Why aren't they??? Every Brady Coyne novel I've read has been a thrilling adventure. Read any one of them (this one included). You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars isn't enough! Oct. 26 1999
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I loved this book. Tapply's writing is, as usual, impeccable. The story pulled me in and didn't let go until I, reluctantly, came to the last page wishing the next two or three Brady Coynes were miraculously out on the shelves.
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