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A Black Sail

(Coleridge Taylor Mystery #3)

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On the eve of the U.S. Bicentennial, newsman Coleridge Taylor is covering Operation Sail. New York Harbor is teeming with tall ships from all over the world. While enjoying the spectacle, Taylor is still a police reporter. He wants to cover real stories, not fluff, and gritty New York City still has plenty of those in July of 1976. One surfaces right in front of him when a ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 1st 2016 by Camel Press
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Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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It's July 1976, and New York City is getting ready for the arrival of ships from all over the world. Taylor is out on a police boat, when a woman's dead body is found submerged next to the piers, with bags of what may be drugs tied around her. Everyone from the news service to the police want his story buried until after the tourists leave, but Taylor digs in to see why she was killed. His first theory is a battle for dealing heroin in NYC, but wives are not supposed to be targeted. Then, the de ...more
Cheryl
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This is my first introduction to this author and this series. There are two prior books in this series. Although, this book can be read as a stand alone novel. I will say that having not read the other two books I did not have that established relationship which might have helped a little where this book was concerned. Yet, from what I read of this book, I did like Taylor's style. As a police reporter sometimes you can't just take no for an answer and have to go to where the story is.

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Lissette
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A reporter by trade, Coleridge Taylor refuses to remain the doormat his superiors want him to be. He yearns to cover stories that matter the most. Stories that pique the reader's interest from the moment they open up their daily newspapers. Taking on one of the newspaper's fluff pieces, he never once imagines how much his life will change from that moment on.

Though I've come into this series via this third book, I must say that A Black Sail reads like a standalone novel. It provides enough infor
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Jim Nesbitt
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When you pick up one of Rich Zahradnik’s Coleridge Taylor mysteries, get ready for a taut and gritty tale wrapped in the perfect time capsule -- New York City in the 1970s and all it’s violent, bankrupt, crumbling and corrupt splendor.

It’s a bygone era before Google, smartphones and the 24-hour news cycle. It’s a time when cops and reporters had to use shoe leather and a telephone to do their sleuthing. And it’s a city on the verge of fiscal collapse and the hysteria of the Son of Sam killings.
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Patrick Oster
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If it weren’t for the dead woman with two bullets through one eye, a rib-breaking Mafia goon, a merciless drug-pushing Chinese gang and a bent FBI agent, Rich Zahradnik’s new murder mystery “A Black Sail” might be shoehorned into the category of historical fiction. But his story’s backdrop of the 1976 Tall Ships celebration in New York is just an extra treat in this page-turner about the latest adventures of Coleridge Taylor, the intrepid police reporter who just won’t say no in his quest to fig ...more
Beth
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Looking at the photo on the front of A Black Sail, I thought the book would be about pirates. So wrong. It is actually about a crime-beat newspaper reporter in 1976 New York who is tasked with covering the Bicentennial parade of ships, much to his dismay. Coleridge Taylor would rather be hunting down Chinese mobsters who he thinks murdered the wife of a rival mobster's son. Taylor single mindedly tracks down leads and gets himself into trouble, only to be rescued by his girlfriend, a former NYPD ...more
Lynn Demsky
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book offers a flash from the past back to New York City's bad old days in the 1970s. Taylor, while out to get a story and get back to the crime beat, is complex and has a good heart. I enjoyed this harsh and commanding crime novel."
Fern
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Dirty Harry meets all the president’s men. Okay beach read but doesn’t appeal to me enough for me to pursue the series.
Eric ヅ
May 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
I liked the first two books of this series but this one just had me uninterested throughout the entire book. 😞
John Vanek
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Solid writing from a fine mystery author.
Faith Flaherty
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having seen and appreciated the Tall Ships, during our country’s bicentennial, I appreciated the locale of A Black Sail, by Rich Zahradnik. The back and forth between the ships and the city arced the story from mob to tong and city to harbor. The major protagonist, Coleridge Taylor is not only jumping and ducking locales, but the bad guys, too. Taylor is an investigative reporter who isn’t assigned to investigate the murder of the poor woman who was dragged up from the harbor, but he wants to—ne ...more
Wendy
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty:
http://www.literaryfeline.com/2016/10...

A Black Sail (Coleridge Taylor Mystery #3) by Rich Zahradnik
Camel Press, 2016
Crime Fiction (Historical); 264 pgs
Source: E-copy provided by publisher for an honest review.

Reporter Coleridge Taylor would much rather be on the crime beat, but with the country's attention on the upcoming U.S. Bicentennial, his time and attention is focused on the ships and vessels coming into the New York Harbo
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Joan
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The time is the 200th birthday of the United States. It's going to be a celebration in New York City with many tall ships, from a variety of nations, visiting the harbor. Coleridge Taylor, a reporter for a radio and print news service, is on a police boat a few days before the big event. Between bouts of sea sickness, he's getting background for feature articles. A bigger story presents itself when the boat received a radio message about something dumped off a pier. A woman's body is pulled up a ...more
Linda
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.
I enjoyed this story about Taylor, a journalist, investigating crime and corruption in New York during the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration. The story grabs you almost immediately when a woman’s dead body is fished out of the river with plastic bags of heroin taped to her waist. The story keeps your interest with the twist and turns that happen, but the plot is easy to follow. I would recommend this story to anyone that enjoys crime and m
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InD'tale Magazine
3.5/5.0

The story opens with the historical tall ships display, and raises a bit of nostalgia for anyone who lived during the U.S. Bicentennial.

Read full review in the 2016 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.

Kari Zamora
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm sorry that I haven't written my review on this book, but my phone had been stolen from me and badly damaged. I just received this phone on the 17th of September. Anyways if you have not read this book then I definitely recommend it. The book is very good and the author has done a great job with writing it.
Marnie
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more by Mr. Zahradnik.
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