Walking the Perfect Square August th Moe Prager a former cop waits to call his daughter for her th birthday In the midst of an ugly family meltdown Prager is desperate to find a way to make sense of what has caused

  • Title: Walking the Perfect Square
  • Author: Reed Farrel Coleman
  • ISBN: 9781579620394
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • August 6th, 1998 Moe Prager, a former cop, waits to call his daughter for her 18th birthday In the midst of an ugly family meltdown, Prager is desperate to find a way to make sense of what has caused his once happy family to implode As he waits, however, it is Prager who receives a call that might not only solve a case that has haunted him and his wife for twenty years,August 6th, 1998 Moe Prager, a former cop, waits to call his daughter for her 18th birthday In the midst of an ugly family meltdown, Prager is desperate to find a way to make sense of what has caused his once happy family to implode As he waits, however, it is Prager who receives a call that might not only solve a case that has haunted him and his wife for twenty years, but might also supply the glue to patch his family back together December 8th, 1977 Patrick Maloney, a supposedly popular college student, walks out of a Manhattan nightspot into oblivion It s no wonder Maloney s disappearance barely registers on the radar screen Son of Sam strikes Elvis is dead It s the Sex Pistols vs the BeeGees, Studio 54 and the Dirt Lounge, est and yin yang, gas shortages, Quaaludes, pot and polyester, Plato s Retreat, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the neutron bomb.Moe Prager, a cop forced into early retirement by injury, certainly hadn t noticed Patrick Maloney s disappearance But when Prager s ex partner calls with an offer to work on the case, Moe, wracked with self doubt over his undistinguished career, signs on.As Prager traces Patrick Maloney s steps from his upstate home to his college dorm on Long Island, from the Tribeca bar where he was last seen to an old flame s mansion on the Gold Coast, Moe realizes that nothing about the case, especially the details of the missing man s life, is as it seems Even the picture his parents gave the police was two years out of date Why What could his parents be hiding What tortured secrets might have driven Patrick to create a public persona so different from his true self Questions multiply as Prager searches for Patrick in New York s notorious punk underground, gay clubs and biker bars Will Moe s blossoming relationship with Patrick s older sister help to bring Maloney back home or will it help to destroy any progress in the case Can Moe overcome the roadblocks thrown in his path by dirty cops, corrupt politicians, and an ambitious reporter And who are the truly ominous forces working behind the scenes to pull Prager into the very private hell of the Maloney family Is Moe Praer running in circles or simply walking the perfect square

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    1. In the Afterwards of my edition (Busted Flush Press, 2008) the author states that while he had the basic story of Walking the Perfect Square for a while, he lacked the necessary skill to execute it until somewhere around 2001. The reader's mind automatically goes to the time shifts that the novel employs. That’s not the whole of it. The part of the story that takes place in 1998, in this case “the present,” is essentially a framing sequence with a few extra slices interspaced throughout. A [...]

    2. I read Gun Church a week ago and had to go out and pick up the first book in the Moe Prager series. I loved GC and I wasn't disappointed with WtPS.Definitely not your typical PI book, I mean, he's not even a PI. Prager is an ex-cop now retired because of a knee injury. Prager gets a call from a hospice nurse saying that a patient wants to see him and only him even though Prager doesn't know the patient. The story then jumps back and forth in time to a period right after his injury when he became [...]

    3. Walking the Perfect Square - ExColeman, Reed Farrel - 1st in seriesBrooklyn PI Moe Praeger is an ex-cop forced to retire because of a knee injury is to find the son of another cop, a young man who left a party one night and hasn't been seen since. So many people have been searching for Patrick Mahoney in the 20 years since his disappearance that Moe doesn't expect to be successful. As his investigation proceeds, he finds himself looking for two Patricks: one a choir boy lookalike and the other d [...]

    4. I have only recently discovered Reed Farrel Coleman and this is only the second of his novels that I have read but I am well and truly hooked.This is the first in the Moe Prager series. In the novel we are introduced to Moe who is an ex-cop who has had to leave the force because of a knee injury. He is planning opening a wine business with his brother but in the meantime he is asked by his former Police partner Rico to look into a missing persons case as a favour to a friend of Rico's wife. I wi [...]

    5. I was torn between three and four stars for this one, but the book REALLY held my interest, so I went with the higher rating. I finished it in 24 hours! Outstanding choice for those times when you want something fairly easy to read that sucks you in right away and keeps you reading. Beach, airplane ride, bad day at work, hangover, vacation, or all of the above.I liked this enough that I went right out and got the next one in the series, so that's a good sign.

    6. PROTAGONIST: Moe Praeger, PISETTING: Brooklyn, New York - 1978 and 1998SERIES: #1 of 4RATING: 4.0At one time, Moe Prager was an officer with the NYPD, admittedly, not a very good one, although he did love the job. He's been forced to retire due to an injury. Contrary to expectations, he wasn't injured while taking down a big time criminal; rather, he hurt his knee when he slipped on a piece of paper in the squad room. He's had a few operations, but his mobility has been affected and he needs to [...]

    7. I ran across Coleman when I read his continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series. I liked that a lot so I thought I would take a look at Coleman’s Moe Prager series.Moe Prager has been invalided out of the NYPD after having knee surgery. How it happened depended on how drunk he was during the retelling. The truth was he slipped on a piece of carbon paper in the squad room. Having fortuitously found a missing girl while on the beat, he is approached by Francis Maloney, a haughty ant [...]

    8. The best description I can come up with for this book is that at the end, I wanted to wash my mind out with soap. I am not squeamish, but this book was too much for me. It was like a layer of grit covered everything in the book, with nothing totally clean present. Part of what I found so disturbing was that many of the upsetting scenes were presented so matter-of-factly. It somehow made it worse that the characters didn't find their behavior appalling.I was also not a big fan of Coleman's writin [...]

    9. If you're looking for blood and guts this isn't for you. Moe Prager is a noir kind of detective, and he's presented as human. He's a good guy, smart, honest, and wants to do the right thing - all of which serve to get him into trouble at times. As for the plot, it's interesting and makes you want to know what happens, but not because it's one of those, "I cannot BELIEVE that just happened" kind of books. Because Moe's a good guy you get to see the dysfunction of his family and how he tries to na [...]

    10. I'm late to the party, but happy to have made the acquaintance of Moe Prager. This book has all the ingredients for an excellent mystery series. Sign me up!

    11. WALKING THE PERFECT SQUARE introduces Moe Prager, a New York City police officer who was forced into early retirement by a bizarre, rather embarrassing accident. The book begins in the present - well, 1998 - when Moe is summoned by a dying man who claims to have knowledge of a case Moe worked right after his forced retirement, a case that still haunts Moe to this day. Then Moe flashes back to the late 70s. As he recovers from his career-ending accident physically, he also needs to figure out how [...]

    12. This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.---Moe Prager is waiting to call his daughter on her birthday, but before he can do that he answers a phone call that may lead him to solving an old missing persons case. It's a case that he investigated twenty years previously, shortly after an injury forced his retirement from the NYPD. We spend most of the novel in the 70's, with brief looks at Prager's present, tracing his work on the case.As a mystery novel, it's okay. Nothing special, bu [...]

    13. WALKING THE PERFECT SQUARE. (2001). Reed Farrel Coleman. ****.After reading “Tower,” a recent novel co-authored by Ken Bruen and Reed Coleman, I thought I’d look a little closer at Coleman’s works on his own. He wrote three crime novels featuring a different protagonist, but apparently they didn’t work out. He then came up with a new hero – Moe Trager. Moe is an ex-cop from Brooklyn who has been invalided out of the force because of an accident that ruined his knee. He has gotten tir [...]

    14. I had been aware of Reed Farrel Coleman's Moe Prager series for quite some time but had never gotten around to reading any of the Shamus and Anthony Award winners. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Coleman at Book Expo and picking up a copy of the 3rd in the series, The James Deans. After about 20 pages, I knew that I wanted to start the series at the beginning with Walking the Perfect Square.Moe Prager is a Jewish New York cop on early retirement because of an injury. He is pretty bored with re [...]

    15. Last year a friend and I went on a tour of Minneapolis's genre bookstores and asked for a book recommendation at each stop. As a librarian who definitely has *opinions* on how such a conversation should go, the clear winner on the reader's advisory front was Once Upon a Crime - the mystery bookstore. They asked lots of good questions, clearly knew the genre, and were very excited to talk to us about books.I asked for a mystery that would appeal to non-mystery readers, with great writing and comp [...]

    16. Superior writing, interesting characters, and an intriguing story. College student, Patrick Maloney, disappears. His father, a man with some clout in 1978 NYC on the surface seems to be doing everything possible to find him. Enter Moe Prager, retired/injured on the job street cop, who had the dumb luck to find a missing child once before. Prager immediately senses that not all is on the level with the father and despite having never made detective does his best to look into the case. He finds hi [...]

    17. This is a great mystery story! The first Moe Prager book I read was The James Deans (book #3), then Redemption Street (book #2). I don't know why I read them out of order, as I don't usually do that. But reading this book (book #1) was interesting because I got the entire back-story about Moe's wife's family and what happened at the beginning of their relationship. But I also was given a glimpse of the future. It was kind of eerie. I love the story and I love the dialogue. The characters are rea [...]

    18. Set mostly in 1978 New York City this book introduces Moe Prager a former NYC policeman who has been invalided out of the force with a bad knee. The author is one of my favorite Bouchercon panelists and I was a bit worried that his work would not live up to my expectations but I ended up really enjoying it and look forward to continuing on with the series.

    19. 1st in the Moe Prager series set in New York. Moe Prager is ex-NYPD who is hired to look for a missing college student. This book is told in long flashbacks, with the majority of the book set in 1978. It was a slow-starter for me, but when I finally was able to devote some serious reading time to it, the book took off. Will continue with this series.

    20. Highly praised by NPR as a detective writer, I was less than impressed. A solid boiler-plate story that doesn't recommend enough for me to seek out the next book.

    21. MY REVIEW IN THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, APRIL 2002:I suppose you could call Walking The Perfect Square by Reed Farrel Coleman, a detective novel. Or a perhaps a thriller. You might even call it a murder mystery. It is all of those things, but somehow defies categorization on those terms. For one thing Moe Prager, the hero of the novel, is a Jew. Take my word for this, though there are some Jewish murder mysteries out there in fiction-land, Semitic detectives are few and far between in my experience. [...]

    22. Just when I thought I was completely burned out on detective series! I loved Gun Church and wanted to read more RFC. Like with most series I want to keep reading because of the characters. The plot almost lost me at one point until I took a minute to remember everything. Will definitely be reading -let me check my wish list-Redemption Street soon.

    23. This is one of those books that you know you're going to like before you even start to read it. And I did. He's writing about places and people I know and there's something very welcoming about his protagonist. Feels very personal.

    24. Like all my favorite hard boiled fiction stories this one comes with a gut punch of an ending. Feels like essential PI fiction

    25. I listened to the audiobook. I think this may have been better if I read it instead.Narrator just had a tough guy attitude throughout the book and took away from the storyline.

    26. I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment in the Amie Prager series. Looking forward to reading more. I think I like reading books set in the 1970s.

    27. Reed Farrel Coleman’s “Walking the Perfect Square” is not an easy book to review. It is a good, probably even a very good novel, yet the publisher and the author himself are trying very hard to sell it as a masterpiece. There is a Foreword, where an Edgar Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott compares Mr. Coleman’s opus to that of Raymond Chandler. She detects Chandlerian themes, Chandlerian rhythm, and Chandlerian melancholy in Mr. Coleman’s prose. The author provides a pompous and pret [...]

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