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East of A

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
When Payton Sherwood takes a wrong turn on a Manhattan East Village side street, he stumbles into trouble--in the form of three bull-necked heavies and a tough sixteen-year-old runaway named Gloria.After taking a savage beating, Payton is robbed of his Rolex watch and left bleeding on the sidewalk.

Tracking Gloria, Payton winds his way through Alphabet City--in and out of t
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 4th 2000 by Fawcett (first published February 9th 1999)
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Dan Schwent
PI Payton Sherwood tries to stop three skinheads who are roughing up a girl and gets beaten up in the process. On top of that, the girl swipes his watch while he is down. Payton's quest to retrieve the missing watch and find girl who took it leads him through New York's homeless community and seedy underground clubs. Can Payton find his watch before trouble finds him?

East of A is good detective story but doesn't bring a whole lot of new ideas to the table. The mystery isn't an easily solveable o
Apr 29, 2015 Mark added it
In structure and tone, Russell Atwood's first novel is a wonderful homage to Chandler, relocating and updating his classic PI formula to lower Manhattan in the late 1990's. The first-person protagonist is flawed and likable; the prose is good with occasional brilliant turns of phrase or metaphor that make you go back and read over ("he held his thumbs in fists again, so much pressure I thought they'd burst like plums"); and the "mystery" is well constructed, with more than a handful of diverse c ...more
EAST OF A started with a bang, a near pitch perfect opening which looked to have set the tone for the remainder of the book; equal parts action and humour with a touch of character development thrown in to allow an immediate connection with the down-on-his-luck PI Payton Sherwood.

Coming to the aid of a young women who’s being roughed up by a couple of thugs, Sherwood steps in only to be handed a beating and then have his watch stolen by the very woman he was trying to save.

From there the plot fo
Sep 03, 2009 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Payton Sherwood had been out of New York for a few weeks testifying at a trial. Arriving home in the middle of the night, he needs a few thing for the fridge and walks down to the neighborhood store. Headed home he comes upon three goons attacking a young teenage street kid. He wades in armed only with a gallon of milk.
All it gets him is a severe beat down. Left lying in a bloody, crumpled pile, he sees the street kid crawl from under a car after the trio run off, approaching. Figuring on some h
Aug 06, 2013 Maddy rated it really liked it
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Coming back to the city after a child custody case in Syracuse. Middle of the night. Hungry. No food. Go out and get some milk and Cheerios. Three guys grab a girl. She’s in trouble. Payton Sherwood to the rescue. Bash a guy with the gallon jug. Milk bath? Proceed to get pulverized by the thugs. Ultimate injustice: girl steals my Rolex, payment for a previous case.

Payton Sherwood is pretty pissed off when he’s beaten to a pulp and has his watch stolen by the girl he was trying to rescue. He find
Ross Cumming
Sep 18, 2014 Ross Cumming rated it liked it
My only previous knowledge of Russell Atwood was through reading his short story "East Village Noir' which I thoroughly enjoyed and which was an Amazon Kindle recommendation.
This novel also concerns the same protagonist as the previous title, Payton Sherwood, who is a down at heel P.I. living and working in the East Village of New York. Payton is barely makes a living, lives in his office/apartment, has a lost love, for which he still carries a torch and has a world weary view of life. In fact a
Sep 08, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book. Well written and rather fast paced novel.
New York private eye, Payton Sherwood sees three men begin to rough up a young woman in his neighborhood. Payton steps in and the three men turn their anger on him. He's left barely conscious and when the men leave, the girl comes out of hiding and steals his rolex watch.

Thereafter, this noir novel leads the reader through Payton's steps to search for the girl, find out why the men were after her and to try to get his expensive watch back.

I found that the book seemed like others that I have read
May 06, 2016 Jonathan rated it liked it
A gift from a friend, had never read the author. A very New York centric thriller with no real ending. I mean there is a ending, just no riding of into the sunset with a clear road. Wouldn't keep me from picking up another.
Aug 17, 2011 M rated it it was ok
PI Payton Sherwood is not having a good day. He's just finished a stint in Syracuse, found out his favorite market has closed down, and even gotten the crap kicked out of him while defending a young girl. Oh, and that young girl? She just stole his most prized possession - a Rolex watch. Russell Atwood sets up Payton nicely in his first novel, leading the mostly moral investigator into New York's Alphabet City on a quest for answers (and his timepiece). An ok debut that hopefully leads to bigger ...more
Irene Jindra
Mar 03, 2015 Irene Jindra rated it it was amazing
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Dec 12, 2011 GA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I bought this because I enjoyed the author's short story East Village Noir. This is a good book, but the writing style is not as special as the short story's.
Dec 12, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this as an advance reader's copy in 1998. Still one of my favorites (now in 2013).
Sep 22, 2012 Terry rated it it was amazing
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