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First Light (Brady Coyne/J.W. Jackson #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  279 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
While visiting Martha's Vineyard to help a client write her will, Brady Coyne visit's an old friend J.W. Jackson. Brady quickly discovers that more than a few people are after the estate of his client. The two eventually join forces, and solve both cases in this captivating first book.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Justin, Charles and Company (first published December 4th 2001)
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Jan 25, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it
“My first thought was that a beam had fallen from the roof. The force of the blow slammed me facedown on the floor. Pain zipped into my eyes and explosions ricocheted around inside my skull . . . Before I could further analyze my prognosis . . . something heavy rammed into the small of my back and stayed there, pinning me to the floor.”

Going through my “mystery” shelf looking for inspiration I came across “Outwitting Trolls” by William G. Tapply: a Brady Coyne Mystery - #28 in series. Despite be
This book was the first collaboration between author Philip Craig and William Tappley. Craig has written a number of mysteries which take place on Martha's Vineyard. Tappley's mysteries follow a Boston lawyer. The authors alternate chapters, each giving the perspective of his character. I enjoyed the setting. Craig's character, J.W. talks a lot about eating and drinking and hanging out on his deck watching the sunset. Sounds nice. I felt less of a connection with to Tappley's character, Brady ...more
Cindy S
Jul 24, 2010 Cindy S rated it liked it
A partnership of two mystery writers and their main characters, with alternating points of view, made an interesting read. The local, Martha's Vineyard, was familiar.
FIRST LIGHT (Unlicensed investigators-Massachusetts-Cont) – G+
Craig, Philip R. and William G. Tapply – first collaboration
Scribner, 2002 – Hardcover
*** Boston attorney Brady Coyne is visiting his friend J.W. Jackson on Martha’s Vineyard to participate in the annual striped bass and bluefish derby. Brady is also there to visit an elderly client who, dying of cancer, wants Brady to advise her on the sale of her property; much to her family’s dismay. J.W. Jackson is contacted by a man looking for h
Jun 17, 2014 Joe rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
First Light is co-authored by William Tapply - I'm a big fan - and Philip Craig - not so much. Both of their protagonists - Brady Coyne and J.W. Jackson - are Massachusetts based - Boston and Martha's Vineyard respectively. (I understand that Craig/Jackson fans may take umbrage with the Massachusetts label - my bad.) Brady is a single/divorced/father of two grown boys and a lawyer who does a lot of investigating. J.W. is a married father of two young children and an ex-cop who also does a lot of ...more
Dec 03, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#1 in the Brady Coyne/J.W. Jackson series. William G. Tapply's Boston lawyer Brady Coyne and Philip R. Craig's Martha's Vineyard P.I. J.W. Jackson join forces in what became the first of three joint ventures. Both authors died shortly after the third entry. a good pairing and an entertaining read.

Brady Coyne/J.W. Jackson mystery - When tough businessman Jack Bannerman's wife goes missing, he hires private detective Jackson to find her. A parallel missing person's case develops when Coyne, Jackso
Nov 07, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it
TITLE/AUTHOR: FIRST LIGHT by Philip R. Craig & William G. Tapply
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/2002/406 LP pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #1 in series JW Jackson & Brady Coyne
TIME/PLACE: Present/Martha's Vineyard
CHARACTERS: J W Jackson/PI & Brady Coyne/Boston Lawyer
FIRST LINES: I had arranged to meet James Bannerman in the Fireside because it was close to the ferry landing, so he could catch the boat & go home to Connecticut after we talked. I was the only custome
Elizabeth Hunter
I've never read anything by either of these authors, but apparently they each have significant series of mysteries starring, respectively, Brady Coyne and J.W. Jackson. In this book the two characters combine forces to track down a missing woman on Martha's Vineyard. The authors and characters alternate chapters, so the story is told from both perspectives. It's a little frustrating as the information-sharing between the characters is not perfect, so the reader can put together the clues well ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Briant rated it did not like it
I did not like this book at all. It was flat, boring, predictable, condescending, retarded, ... It felt like one of those term papers you had to write in college that had to exceed a word count, so you go back and add some meaningless words to hit the count quota. At the end of the book I felt like the author got paid based upon the number of pages he wrote, rather than on the quality of the content.
Apr 27, 2010 judy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
What fun! Two of my favorite mystery writers (and fishing buddies in real life)brought their popular detectives together to solve a crime on the Vineyard. Worked beautifully because both Coyne and Jackson are strong, no-nonsense characters who seem like they should be friends. I'm guessing Tapply got the better of the deal because he probably had to visit Craig at Craig's year-round Vineyard home. Probably even had to bring his fishing gear too.
Nov 05, 2014 Terri rated it liked it
Read this first book after the 3rd of the series. Glad I did. Didn't like the 3rd book at all, but this one much more enjoyable. There are 2 authors, writing about 2 lead protagonists (they each have own series), and it gets a little confusing at first trying to see from the two different sides. Both sides are told in the first person,, but you get in a rhythm and the going gets much better. The story is good in this first book, as are all the characters and the situation is believable.
Jan 13, 2008 Rosanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lover, New England lover, Vineyard lover
Recommended to Rosanne by: a friend
Excellent book! The third in a series of co-written mysteries by the late Phillip R. Craig and William Tapley. If you enjoy Martha's Vineyard, fishing and mysteries, these books are for you. When you're finished with the three books in this series, check out their individually written mysteries too! I enjoy the camaraderie between their two main characters.
Sep 11, 2013 Kathie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finding a new book by a favorite author is such a fun thing. I was so sad when I read the last JW book by Philip Craig but have now found 3 books he wrote with his friend. And the good news is when I finish these 3 his friend has written 28 books himself, 25 of which I can read and have all new reading fun.
Apr 12, 2010 E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun! Craig (JW Jackson) and Tapply (Brady Coyne) put the 2 together on the Vineyard solving a mystery. I'm halfway through all the Vineyard books and have already read all the Coyne books. Sadly, both authors died in the last 2 years. There are 2 more books that they wrote together.
Mar 15, 2009 KarenC rated it liked it
Interesting collaboration kept at least one of the characters true to the original. Don't know about the other because I haven't ready Tappley's Brady Coyne books yet. Introduced me to another author in the same vein as Craig & Robert B. Parker.
Joe O'c
Aug 15, 2009 Joe O'c rated it really liked it
Excellent; Continuing characters: J.W. Jackson and Brady Coyne (first of three combined character novels); PI and attorney plan a fishing vacation, but women gone missing and a family of misfits get in the way
Diane Heath
Jun 16, 2014 Diane Heath rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This introduced me to Brady Coyne. Brady is visiting J W at Martha's Vineyard when another woman disappears. J W is already investigating one disappearance....
Feb 18, 2009 Phil rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Good writing by the pair. Since Philip Craig passed away last year, I'll have to find some William Tapley books.
Alfred New
Dec 02, 2015 Alfred New rated it liked it
Shelves: william_tapply
I enjoyed how the two characters interacted, and the fishing part, however I didn't think the plot was all that strong apparent
Sharon J Fair
Jul 03, 2016 Sharon J Fair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reading. Spell binding

One of those "I can't put it down" books. I found it suspenseful and entertaining. Will be reading the next one in series
Oct 13, 2007 Alan rated it liked it
Nice twist on a fairly predictable mystery novel co-written by two veteran authors. Because I like ocean fishing, I liked this book. If you don't, you might not.
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Jan 03, 2009 Mary rated it did not like it
Typical American mystery. Rather flat.
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Author Philip R. Craig passed away on May 8, 2007 after a brief battle with cancer.

Phil left three completed novels, which have now all been published posthumously. Vineyard Stalker came out in June of 2007 just after Phil's death. Third Strike, co-written with Bill Tapply, came out in November of 2007. The final J.W. Jackson mystery, Vineyard Chill, is on the shelves now. Another J.W. book is pa
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