Book Review: “Last Words” by Rich ZahradnikOctober 10, 2015 at 3:08 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
Tags: Book Review, Fiction, Thriller
From the back cover: In March of 1975, as New York City hurtles toward bankruptcy and the Bronx burns, newsman Coleridge Taylor roams police precincts and ERs. He is looking for the story that will deliver him from obits, his place of exile at the Messenger-Telegram. Ever since he was demoted from the police beat for inventing sources, the 34-year-old has been a lost soul.
A break comes at Bellevue, where Taylor views the body of a homeless teen picked up in the Meatpacking District. Taylor smells a rat: the dead boy looks too clean, and he’s wearing a distinctive Army field jacket. A little digging reveals that the jacket belonged to a hobo named Mark Voichek and that the teen was a spoiled society kid up to no good, the son of a city official.
Taylor’s efforts to protect Voichek put him on the hit list of three goons who are willing to kill any number of street people to cover tracks that just might lead to City Hall. Taylor has only one ally in the newsroom, young and lovely reporter Laura Wheeler. Time is not on his side. If he doesn’t wrap this story up soon, he’ll be back on the obits page–as a headline, not a byline.
I think that this is a very clever mystery series. To the best of my knowledge there was an old radio show and one TV show that had a newspaper reporter hero. I do not see why as I feel that they make for brilliant investigative characters. “Last Words” is a highly intriguing mystery. Declan looks like a homeless teen that died but he is anything but. Now the investigation is on. This murder just might have doings at City Hall. If Coleridge Taylor can survive this investigation the paper just might put him back on as a journalist. If not he gets put on as a headline. I think Coleridge Taylor is a highly complex hugely interesting character and he is surrounded by a fairly interesting supporting cast as well. Mr. Zahradnik has written a story that will keep you going in circles as Taylor tries to sort through all the clues. “Last Words” is quite an engrossing book. Don’t start this book late at night as it will cost you sleep as you try to finish it before you go to bed. I am looking forward to more from Mr. Zahradnik and this wonderful series.
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