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Death at Charity's Point (Brady Coyne, Bk 1)
Death at Charity's Point - Brady Coyne, Bk 1 Author:William G. Tapply The first of fourteen Brady Coyne mysteries; the fifteenth, Cutter's Run, publishes July 1998 from St. Martin's Press. Charity won the 1984 Scribner Crime Novel Award. — A legal thriller without a courtroom? A lawyer who's actually a nice guy? Here's the brief . . . — The Lawyer . . . Boston's Brady Coyne is keyed way down. He'd rather fish than f... more »ight. When he's full of beans, they're from a can, washed down with beer. He's not partnership material-legal or matrimonial. Barrister to the Brahmins through a quirk of Fate, Brady finds his clients usually demand his personal, discreet attention.
The Client . . . Elderly Florence Gresham is wealthy and whipcord tough. A realist, she's accepted the loss of her elder son to the jungles of Vietnam and the suicide of her husband. But when her scholarly, reclusive younger son steps off a cliff, Florence won't buy the coroner's obvious conclusion.
The Case . . . What happened to George? His mother wants Brady to uncover the truth. She offers an incentive: a hefty percentage of the double indemnity life insurance policy payoff-assuming, of course, that Brady overturns the suicide verdict. And low key or not, barrister Brady likes to win . . .« less
I read most of Tapply's later books and loved each and every one of them. I went back to read this book, his first Brady Coyne, and I admit I was disappointed. This book just didn't have it. I'm glad Tapply continued writing the series as the books get much better. He is still one of my favorite authors and I'm glad I am going back to read the earlier books in the series.