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Hose Monkey (Joe Serpe #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Joe Serpe doesn?t have much. A dead brother, an old cat, and the unshakeable stink of heating oil and shame. He's not interested in redemption. He can?t undo his past. But when a young mentally challenged boy is murdered on the oil lot, Joe needs to find answers.
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Bleak House Books
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Andrew Smith
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: noir-hardboiled
Tony Spinosa is a pseudonym used by Reed Farrel Coleman - either way, not an an author well known to UK readers. This is the first book in a short series and like Coleman's Moe Prager books it's a crime story situated in Long Island, New York.
I really like the style and pace of the storytelling; I'd just finished reading the Prager books so I'm delighted to discover these.
Mark Desrosiers
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
After page 90 I laughed at the really cool cover art -- complete with a Ken Bruen quote that cites Sam Peckinpah -- because none of it had anything at all to do with this novel's plot or level of violence. Things start out with vivid detail and energy -- the protagonist wakes up amid a morass of empty vodka bottles to hear his dead 9/11-firefighter brother's voice on the answering machine. Drags himself to work pumping home-fuel oil. Dead body presents itself, and crazy mystery time ensues, in w ...more
HOSE MONKEY (Unlic. Invest-Joe Serpe-Long Island, NY-Cont) – G+
Spinosa, Tony (aka Reed Farrel Coleman) – 1st of series
Bleak House Books, 2006, US Hardcover – ISBN: 1-932557180

First Sentence: Joe Serpe just assumed there was no more, that things had moved well beyond loss and grief, beyond worsening.

Ex-cop Joe Serpe had been dismissed from his job, his partner committed suicide, his wife divorced him and moved, with his son, to Florida and his younger brother, Vinnie, killed in 9/11. The only thi
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Our hero, Joe, has sunk about as far as he can; working as an oil delivery man (hose monkey), dealing with losing his job as a NYPD detective due to an internal affairs investigation, his family to the aftermath of that investigation and his brother to 9/11.

Next door to the heating oil company is a home for the mentally retarded. One of their young men has been working for the oil company, and is found dead in one of the oil truck tanks. This is Joe's wake up call--he takes this death personally
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I especially liked the whole narrative of the search for answers. The author, even with an alias, has never disappointed me. I'll continue reading his work no matter what name he uses.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Light stuff. Mystery murder on Long Island, starring ex-cop working with the retired Internal Affairs cop, who got him fired.
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