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Drop Dead Punk

(Coleridge Taylor Mystery #2)

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Coleridge Taylor is searching for his next scoop on the police beat. The Messenger-Telegram reporter has a lot to choose from on the crime-ridden streets of New York City in 1975. One story outside his beat is grabbing all the front page glory: New York teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, and President Ford just told the city, as the Daily News so aptly puts it, "Drop Dead ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published August 15th 2015 by Camel Press (first published July 22nd 2015)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I had no problems getting into the story, despite the fact that this was b0ok two in the series. Yes, there some hints here and there to stuff that must have happened in the previous book. But, it was never a problem. The characters were introduced so that you quickly got into the story without having to figure them out along the way. I like books that start that way, you don't have to feel lost even to you don't start with the first book.

Coleridge Taylor is working on the doomed newspaper The
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Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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New York City is on the brink of bankruptcy in the Ford/punk rock era. Taylor is a reporter, working for a third string newspaper on the police beat. A cop and mugger shoot each other after a chase when the cop's female partner is left behind. She is shunned by male cops for allowing her partner's death, but Taylor wants to hear her story, which includes being misdirected by a radio call. Then, it turns out the mugger was a non-violent homeless guy, whose primary focus is caring for stray dogs. ...more
Laura Thomas
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A city on the verge of bankruptcy. Good cops versus bad cops. Murder and lies. And one reporter who’s trying to get that big story.

Looks like Coleridge Taylor may have stumbled onto many stories, and they might all be connected.

Taylor works for the Messenger-Telegram. Not the biggest or most popular newspaper, but he loves his job. The paper may also be in financial trouble.

As Taylor worries about his job, he digs deep into the murder of a policeman. Why would a nice kid, one who struggles to fe
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Wendy
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Source: Review copy provided by the author for an honest review.

Drop Dead Punk by Rich Zahradnik
Camel Press; 2015
Crime Fiction; 254 pgs

I was quite smitten with Coleridge Taylor in Last Words, and was glad for the opportunity to read and review Rich Zahradnik's second book in his series, Drop Dead Punk. I can just imagine this is a mystery series my dad would have enjoyed, Coleridge Taylor being his kind of guy. Not to mention the time period, mid-1970's.

With the newspaper business already having
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Review: DROP DEAD PUNK  by Rich Zahradnik

A well-written, fast-paced suspense thriller set in the month in 1975 when New York City's financial concerns nearly teetered over the precipice into bankruptcy, DROP DEAD PUNK sends veteran reporter Coleridge Taylor on his second adventure, this time to a paired murder in Alphabet City--one dead cop, one dead punk. Just maybe Taylor might be covering his yearned-for front page story after all.
John Machata
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Formulaic. Characters plastic versions of the real thing. Cliched.
Art Kavanagh
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
In late 1975, the city of New York nearly went bankrupt. As the opening of Rich Zahradnik’s book, Drop Dead Punk, reminds us, President Gerald Ford, in the awkward position of an incumbent president who the following year would be attempting to win his first election in the middle of the worst recession in decades, ruled out any bail-out for the city, which seemed destined to default on its debts within weeks at the outside.

Earlier in the decade, Frank Serpico had testified before the Knapp Comm
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Mickey Hoffman
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author's descriptions of New York city during this era are much darker than the way I remember the city, but he does capture the intensity. Although the plot's a little farfetched, it moves along well and the characters are deep and varied. I do wonder if a reader who is not familiar with the city will want to read through all the numerous descriptions of subway and taxi rides because those wouldn't make any sense.
Kme_17
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I received this as a first read. I enjoyed this story. I could jump right in to this story even if this is the second one. This thriller was a great read. I could not put it down at some points. A great read.
Victor Gentile
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rich Zahradnik in his new book, “Drop Dead Punk” Book Two in the Coleridge Taylor Mystery series published by Camel Press gives us another adventure with Coleridge Taylor.

From the back cover: Coleridge Taylor is searching for his next scoop on the police beat. The Messenger-Telegram reporter has a lot to choose from on the crime-ridden streets of New York City in 1975. One story outside his beat is grabbing all the front page glory: New York teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, and President Ford
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Lauren Wallace
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"It was a tough call.Stories almost always came first." (95)

I would like to thank Rich Zahradnik for proving me with an advance copy of this book!

This is just one of those books that you need to know what could possibly come next in this triller. This mystery was not very predictable and you'll fall in love with the characters. Even though it is the second book in the series, I never felt lost at all!

This book . was a quick read, as I read it in less than a day!

I would recommend it to anyone w
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Tony Parsons
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
10/30/1975, NYC, Bradford J. Worth Jr. (The Messenger-Telegram City Editor) told Coleridge Taylor (The Messenger-Telegram crime reporter, Greek) he had an assignment for him.
Patrolman Robert Dodd (NYP/D) had been shot in the face & killed down by St. Mark’s Place.
Johnny Mort (24, punk rocker, aka John Mortelli) supposable was the cop killer, but he had been shot/killed also.
Coleridge interviewed Officer Samantha Callahan (20+, Catholic, 9th Precinct NYP/D) the deceased cops partner at Litt
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Carol
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Drop Dead Punk by Rich Zahradnik gives you the feeling of being in New York City during the financial crisis of 1975 when the city was on the verge of bankruptcy. The details really make this book shine. Even though this is the second book in a series, it works very well as a standalone. I love the fact that the author was a reporter in many kinds of media but because he had reported for newspapers, the book felt very realistic.

The main character, Coleridge Taylor enjoys his life as a crime rep
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Sean
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Received from Author for review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book ,even I missed the 1st one in series, I will read now though.

Set in New York in 1975 It really brought it all to life-the sights and sounds.

Really entertaining and a good read.
Kate
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
A three and one half. The second book of this series. A good cop/bad cop story set in New York City.
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Rich Zahradnik is the Shamus Award-nominated author of the critically acclaimed Coleridge Taylor Mystery series (LIGHTS OUT SUMMER, A BLACK SAIL, DROP DEAD PUNK, LAST WORDS).

LIGHTS OUT SUMMER is nominated for a 2018 Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America in the category of Best Original Private Eye Paperback. The first t
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