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Losers Live Longer (Hard Case Crime #059)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  182 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
The death of legendary private eye George Rowell looked like an accidentbut searching for the truth behind it will put down-and-out East Village detective Payton Sherwood on the corpse-littered trail of a runaway investment scam artist, a drug-addicted reality TV starand the bewitching beauty whose appearance set it all in motion...
249 pages
Published September 25th 2009 by Hard Case Crime (first published September 2009)
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Dan Schwent
Aug 19, 2009 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Legendary PI George "Owl" Rowell hires down on his luck detective Payton Sherwood for a job picking out the tail on his client. Before Sherwood learns the specifics, Owl is hit by car right outside his building. Sherwood investigates what happed to Owl, leading him into a web of intrigue involving a missing millionaire, his junkie girlfriend, a detectivev Sherwood used to work for, and a Ukranian femme fatale named Sayre Raur. Can Payton crack the case before the case cracks him?

I'm always skept
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Kemper
*Warning- This review has a couple of gross details.*

This book was cooking right along as a pretty good private detective thriller with a low-rent down-on-his-luck smart-mouthed PI named Payton Sherwood getting sucked into a mystery when a former mentor is run down in front of his building moments after calling Payton to discuss hiring him for a job. And that’s when author Russell Atwood threw a couple of the weirdest, most random and disturbing paragraphs I’ve read in recent memory.

Our hero Pay
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Rob Smith
Mar 20, 2017 Rob Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: have, read-2017
'Losers Live Longer' is very well plotted and written. There are some inconsistencies with the main character, but otherwise characters and settings are also well done.

This is an excellent inclusion of the pulp genre by a contemporary writer in a current world of strong intolerance toward so much that makes up the genre. There are no excuses as to how characters are portrayed or respond. Political correctness is tough to find here. It's very nice volume of fresh air buried in silly neo-puritanic
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Jeff
Apr 18, 2010 Jeff rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It's good to see that there are some writers out there still writing in the tradition of the Gold Medal paperback originals. If you thought it can't be done in this day and age, you need to read this book.

The story takes place over a period of 24 hours starting on the morning of September 4, 2008 and finds the protagonist all over the East Village and Alphabet City.

Although you don't have to know the neighborhood to enjoy the book, it definitely adds to the pleasure of readi
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Ben
Aug 22, 2009 Ben rated it really liked it
Atwood keeps the action moving nicely while also maintaining a nice tone of jaundiced cynicism that doesn't preclude decent behavior and good instincts on the part of the fuck-up out of luck private eye hero who, like Philip Marlowe as played by Dick Powell in Murder, My Sweet, gets knocked out with alarming frequency. Nice contemporary touches include a Bernie Madoff-type Wall Street ponzi scammer and several celebrity heroin enthusiasts, and young women on the run from sleazy Russian kiddie po ...more
Susan Buffum
Jan 17, 2017 Susan Buffum rated it it was amazing
I read East of A and wanted more of Peyton Sherwood. Mr. Atwood did not disappoint in this action-filled addition to the series that concludes with a lightning strike ending I totally did not see coming. Wow! So, when's the next one coming out?
Craig Childs
Jun 07, 2017 Craig Childs rated it it was ok
It is September 2008 and Payton Sherwood is barely hanging on as a detective in the East Village. It has been a decade since he debuted in the novel East of A, and the world has since moved on without him. New York City is becoming gentrified. Payton cannot afford a cell phone, and his only connection to the internet is dial-up.

He is surprised when George Rowely, a legendary retired PI, asks him to help in a case. When George shows up dead in front of his office half an hour later, the victim o
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Dave
Jun 17, 2017 Dave rated it really liked it
"Losers Live Longer" is one of two full-length novels Atwood has written about NYC private eye Payton Sherwood. This is not a Mike Hammer type private eye or even a Phillip Marlowe type. With his wisecracking humor and his all too mortal fighting ability, Sherwood is more like a modernized version of Ed Noon if he could be compared to anyone. In this book, Sherwood manages to stumble out of his apartment/office building without shoes or socks, only to see his buddy/client Owl has been hit by a c ...more
Randy
Aug 21, 2009 Randy rated it it was amazing
The glamor of being a PI had never materialized for Payton Sherwood. Out on his own for five years, he'd been reduced to living in his office with the bare minimum of furniture. Few cases, the morning the downstairs buzzer rang, he didn't answer it. Couldn't be a new client.
A minute later when the phone started ringing, he let it go to answering machine. But the voice that spoke made him lunge for the receiver, the legendary PI, George Rowell, a man who had to be in his eighties, a man Payton ha
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Josh
Private Detective Payton Sherwood takes off where legendary and recently deceased PI George 'Owl' Rowell left off in search of the truth surrounding a movie stars overdose which leads to a multitude of other seemingly linked revaluations uncovered along the way including an intercontinental child pornography ring and a runaway investment scam artist. It felt as though Atwood tried a little too hard to give Sherwood a voice that was both hip and laced with street slang resulting in the dialogue c ...more
Chris
Jun 07, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
This book was a notch above the rest of the Hard Case books that I have read in my opinion because the tone of the novel is not mocking. It's a crime novel with a gritty, serious feel to it. Several of the others in the series, while enjoyable, are basically humorizing hideously depraved crimes, but this book keeps the serious tone and the noir-ish pun making in sort of separate spheres.
The plot is well made and not predictable. The characters are interesting and not as stereotypical as they can
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Matthew (M.G.) Allen
May 24, 2016 Matthew (M.G.) Allen rated it it was amazing
Really love this one. It follows private dick Peyton Sherwood all around New York City to solve the mystery of a dead friend. And the roads get twistier and twistier as he moves along. Dead bodies, dangerous dames, street junkies and a big surprise meet him in his travels. Atwood gives his tale a classic feel with his snarky neo-Marlow, Sherwood. He colors his prose in striking realism that blows me away.
Nathan
Jan 17, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it
And then a win for Hard Case Crime. Generally unsuccessful PI gets a case and solves it in a day. Sure, there are a lot of coincidences, and the entire case seems to fit into a single NY suburb, but the storyline is engaging, the main character is fun and the writing is cool and breezy. Oh, and there is a sex scene of some quality, which is always good. Rated MA for violence, language and a strong sex scene. 4/5
Gregory Gallagher
Aug 28, 2016 Gregory Gallagher rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. One of the few pieces of non-period detective fiction I've read that still feels like a classic pulp story without having to compromise the tone or feel. The geography is used incredibly effectively, as someone who knows the location the book is set in it was incredibly interesting being able to place the story in the world I knew. Very fun pulp stuff.
Glenn
Sep 02, 2013 Glenn rated it really liked it
Laugh out loud funny but slightly complicated plotting makes this a little bumpy in the second half.

Nevertheless, private eye Peyton Sherwood is the everyman gumshoe that takes his bad luck in stride and his punches to the gut with smile. A fun character with too few cases to his credit. Author Russell Atwood should expand this series as soon as possible.
Steve
Apr 24, 2010 Steve rated it liked it
Enjoyable hard boiled detective novel set in the East Village. I liked the setting quite a bit, because I sort of know the neighborhood and the author was very specific about where things happened, which is always fun. Good characters, but probably eminently forgettable.
Richmond
Jan 03, 2010 Richmond rated it it was amazing
Hard-boiled noir set in the 'oughts, which is a little unsettling since I typically associate fiction of this genre to be set in the 40s or 30s. Hearing the protagonist gripe about fencing his goods on eBay and Craigslist kept surprising me.
Annick Rodriguez
Sep 05, 2009 Annick Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
Really engrossing page-turner, shocking storylines, complex characters. Real good noir feel, even though it's set in today's time. Good addition to the Hard Case Crime library.
Wayne
Nov 12, 2009 Wayne rated it liked it
Losers do indeed live longer . . .
Stien
Aug 31, 2009 Stien rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-novel
typical modern noir ingredients, fun read, clever setting, good tension.
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Mar 26, 2010 Drew added it
Losers Live Longer (Hard Case Crime) by Russell Atwood (2009)
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