Losers Live Longer (Hard Case Crime #59)
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Losers Live Longer (Hard Case Crime #59)

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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
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...more
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...more
Jeff
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...more
Ben
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
Randy
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...more
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
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...more
Nathan
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
Steve
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
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
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.
Stien
typical modern noir ingredients, fun read, clever setting, good tension.
Drew
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Losers Live Longer (Hard Case Crime) by Russell Atwood (2009)
Wayne
Losers do indeed live longer . . .
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