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Muscle memory : a Brady Coyne novel
Tapply, William G.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
257 pages ; 25 cm
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Central Library X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Elma Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Grand Island Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Orchard Park Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Audubon Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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A new case for Boston attorney Brady Coyne involves his representation of former professional basketball player Mick Fallon in a divorce case, his discovery that Mick owes the mob money, and the murder of Mick's wife.

Author Notes

William G. Tapply was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on July 16, 1940. He graduated from Harvard University in 1963. He wrote more than 40 books during his lifetime including the Brady Coyne mysteries series, the Stoney Calhoun Novel series, and numerous non-fiction books about fly fishing and the outdoors. He was also a contributing editor for Field and Stream, a columnist for American Angler, and part of The Writer magazine editorial board. He was an English professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and ran The Writers Studio at Chickadee Farm with his wife Vicki Stiefel. He died on July 28, 2009 after a battle with leukemia.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Mick Fallon and Boston attorney Brady Coyne aren't exactly pals, but they do share the occasional beer. Fallon, a former NBA power forward, has a quick temper and a gambling problem. Now he has a marital problem: his wife, Kaye, wants a divorce. Brady reluctantly agrees to represent his bar-stool buddy in the proceedings. The terms change when Kaye is found bludgeoned to death, and Mick is the logical suspect. Brady's investigation reveals that Kaye may have been considerably different than the idealized homemaker and schoolteacher Mick believed her to be. The sixteenth Brady Coyne mystery is a slight disappointment. Coyne's active romantic life always provides a rich human counterpoint to the murders and mayhem in which he finds himself entangled, but in this one he's painfully alone. Readers are left with just the murder, and--as fictional murders go--this one is run of the mill. Coyne fans will want to keep up with the series, but they are likely to prefer more Brady and less plot. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

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 memory√Ąthat is, for those to whom it's not one already. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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