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The Big Wake Up (August Riordan #5)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The odyssey of María Eva Duarte de Perón—the Argentine first lady made famous in the play and the movie Evita—was as remarkable in death as it was in life. A few years after she succumbed to cervical cancer, her specially preserved body was taken by the military dictatorship that succeeded her deposed husband Juan. Hidden for sixteen years in Italy in a crypt under a false ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published May 12th 2011 by Createspace (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jen Blood
Jun 30, 2013 Jen Blood rated it it was amazing
In The Big Wake Up, the fifth novel in Mark Coggins’ hard-boiled PI series featuring August Riordan, the action starts with an apparently random mass shooting on a cable car in San Francisco. The wry Riordan leaps to the rescue, narrowly avoiding meeting his maker himself. He saves countless others, but unfortunately is unable to intervene before a beautiful Argentinian woman, Araceli, is gunned down.

Shortly thereafter, August wakes to find a woman who looks remarkably like Araceli, desperate to
Sheila Banning
Dec 28, 2012 Sheila Banning rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the Riordan series, this nod to Chandler brings San Francisco to life while killing off a great many of its denizens and visitors in ways you have to read to believe - and yes, Evita is involved. If only I owned the movie rights . . .
Mark Stevens
Mar 04, 2012 Mark Stevens rated it it was amazing
“The Big Wake-Up” has more graves, graveyards, gravestones, crypts, mausoleums, coffins, embalming fluid and urns than a vampire-werewolf-"Hamlet" film festival and it has Eva Peron. “The Big Wake-Up” also has August Riordan and that means pitch-perfect dry humor and an interesting, fully realized assortment of co-workers and associates.

The setting is San Francisco. Riordan is a private detective but he won’t be giving master classes at the convention. What he lacks in technology skills and sle
Jim Phillips
May 25, 2011 Jim Phillips rated it it was amazing
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Wow. I want to go back and edit all my previous reviews of Mr. Coggins' book and take them down a notch because The Big Wake-Up is just ... stunning. The plot is tight and clever with plenty of foils, but manages not to get too far ahead of itself. Well-paced and as much fun to read as the previous Riordan books, but the characterization is so much deeper. I would have liked to get more explanation of just who Isis was and where she came from, but her impact on the story - and on Riordan himself ...more
Rick Homan
Dec 08, 2012 Rick Homan rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better. This one moves FAST, and has plenty of plot twists. August Riordan is becoming as much action hero as gumshoe. Chris Duckworth is a great example of the classic comic sidekick with an only-in-San-Francisco twist. I like the way Coggins pulled in a tough-guy cop from a previous book in the series. This is the second in a row with a deeply evil female antoagonist. Do we see a theme emerging? When the inevitable final confrontation came, I was turning pages as fast as ...more
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Dec 10, 2012 David Allen White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very impressed. I didn't know this author, and now that I have read this one, I want to read more.
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Mark Coggins’ work has been nominated for the Shamus and the Barry crime fiction awards and selected for best of the year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and, among others. His novels Runoff and The Big Wake-Up won the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) respectively, both in the crime fiction category.

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