One of Maureen Corrigan's NPR Summer 2012 Books: HURT MACHINE (We like the "gritty brilliance" thing)
I've raved at length about the gritty brilliance of Reed Farrel Coleman's Moe Prager mysteries, but I must put in one more burble for Moe's latest (and one of his greatest) adventures.
Hurt Machine finds Moe battling a life-threatening tumor in his gut as he's preparing to celebrate his daughter Sarah's wedding. With his thoughts already circling in "life review" mode, Moe runs into his ex-wife and former P.I. partner, Carmella Melendez.
Here's Moe's pithy pronouncement on their brief and tempestuous union: "Carmella Melendez and I had gotten married for all the wrong reasons, but with the best intentions. Perhaps it might have worked out better the other way around. - from "5 New Mysteries Return to the Scene of the Crime," Maureen Corrigan, NPR.