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Hell Bent (Brady Coyne #27)

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Hell Bent: A Brady Coyne Novel (Brady Coyne Novels)
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Minotaur Books
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James Thane
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Hell Bent" is the twenty-fourth book to feature Boston attorney Brady Coyne, and it ranks among the best of the entries. For those who haven't met him, Coyne is a sole practitioner with a client list that consists mostly of fairly well-heeled Bostonians and a secretary named Julie, who keeps his professional life in some semblance of order. He's long divorced and usually involved with an attractive female.

As Brady comments in this book, he was trained to be a lawyer, but his DNA programmed him
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Evie has left Brady for California to take care of her dying father, but she left no firm commitment to return, so Brady is left with his dog and townhouse. He’s visited in the office by Alexandra a former squeeze. (don’t modern characters manage any kind of longevity in their relationships - except perhaps for Steve Carella who doesn’t look so modern anymore. Thank goodness for Carl Houseman.) Alex wants Brady to handle the divorce of her brother a well-known photographer -- a non-embedded one ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dec 2016 Still like this story!

april 2012I think this is the remaining Brady C that I'd not read yet..
I was surprised by the resultant whodunit.
Good job!
Freda Witt
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
new author for me
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Attorney Brady Coyne is back in action and ready to take on his next case. The last person he expected to see was his ex-girlfriend, Alex Sinclair to walk into his office. Alex wants Brady to represent her brother, war veteran; Augustine “Gus” Sinclair. Brady agrees to be Gus’s divorce lawyer. Gus suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This may be the easiest divorce case Brady has ever handled. Brady goes to catch up with Gus and finds Gus has committed suicide.

Brady Coyne kind of had a c
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
The main character Brady Coyne is just a nice man who I enjoy spending some time with. He is honest but usually kind and is good at sizing people up, although not always so good at keeping a girlfriend. In this novel in the series, he has lost one girlfriend and finds himself involved with an old girlfriend, who begs him to represent her brother in a divorce. Gus Shaw is a famous photojournalist but has come back from Iraq missing his right hand and is shell-shocked, or what we call post-traumat ...more
Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm usually not a big fan of this type of book; lawyer goes beyond law into the criminal investigation realm. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, probably because it was on a topic that was interesting to me right now due to local current events. The main client in the story recently returned from Iraq and suffers from PTSD. I've seen the effects of this disorder on people I interact with at work who've returned from Iraq or Afghanistan, so I was curious to see how things played out in the ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
this is brady cohen the lawyer who was friends with the guy from marthas vineyard that the author died. i loved those boooks and was very sorry to hear he passed away

this book finds brady with evie is girlfriend in sf with her dad who is dieing. she isnt coming back. his old girlfriend alex shows up and he meets her brother who came back from the war without his right hand so he can no longer work as a photographer. he is in teh process of getting a divorce when he is found dead in his apt

his si
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
#24 in the Brady Coyne series. This penultimate Brady Coyne entry can only be listed as #27, per Goodreads, by including the three books written with Philip R. Craig that team Coyne with Craig's detective J.W. Jackson. All three of the collaborations take place on Craig's Martha's Vineyard rather than in Tapply's Boston. I treat the three as a separate, short series.

Brady Coyne is visited by former girlfriend Alex Shaw who wants him to represent her brother in a divorce. Her brother Gus is a not
Jim Axelrad
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: william-g-tapply
Sadly, this is the last Brady Coyne novel. We've lost three great Massachusetts writers in recent years, Tapply, Philip Craig and Robert B. Parker. I won't go over the plot, as many other reviewers have done that. My only hope was that Brady's relationship with Evie wouldn't be left in limbo and I was not disappointed. Hell Bent lived up to the high standards of all Coyne novels. In a great fiction series, the main character continues to grow and go thru changes, and that is true in this one. I ...more
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I think this is the last of the Brady Coyne series since, regrettably, Tapply died about 2 years ago. I've read most of them--only failing when the library no longer had the oldest ones. Tapply is a really good, solid mystery writer. His characters are interesting, the plots believable and the action well-paced. I saw a blurb comparing him to Parker and, actually, that's pretty close. I have to conclude that during his lifetime he didn't receive his due. He may not be in that tiny top circle of ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Virginia Markhart
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting. Not my normal type, but kept my attention. This was one of four books in a Readers Digest issue that I borrowed from Mom. Story was about a lawyer. His ex-girlfriend asked him to represent her brother in a divorce. Brother wound up dead. Sister believed it was murder and the lawyer had the task of proving her right.
Dec 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
I have read several of the Brady Coyne books and I have enjoyed them. I haven't read them in order, so I've missed the longterm development of the character's history. This was a good read, and I appreciated the salute to another favorite fictional sleuth JW Jackson in the Vineyard series by the late Philip Craig, a friend of the author's.
Joe O'Connor
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Outstanding; Continuing character: Brady Coyne; old flame Alex shows up, asking Brady to help her brother suffering from time in Iraq with his divorce; when the brother commits "suicide" the plot thickens
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Brady Coyne is Tapply's laid back, likable lawyer, who always seems to find himself in detective situations.This time he is reunited in the quest to find the murderer of his old girlfriend's brother.
This is a quick read with an unexpected outcome.
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
This is my first Brady Coyne novel. I think I will read more. Brady is a lawyer and his ex-girlfriend Alex needs his help. Her brother Gus needs a divorce lawyer. Seems simple but then you are in the middle of a mystery.
Melissa Kayden
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
A typical Brady Coyne novel - he gets himself into and out of danger. I liked it well enough, though pretty much all of Tapply's books are similar. If yousare looking for a mystery that's a quick read, I would recommend this or Tapply's other books.

Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
For various reasons it took me awhile to read this one, but each time I picked it up to resume reading, I forgot what it was about. That probably doesn't speak well for the plot! It was okay - just average. The characters weren't particularly special.
Annieamw Wilson
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Rather dull for a thriller.
Nov 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is #24 of the Brady Coyne series. I almost like him better than Spenser! Brady's a lawyer in Boston.
Julie Kellner
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Another great Brady Coyne mystery
Blaine Morrow
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
The story plods along, but it's got sufficient intrigue to keep interest. Brady Coyne gets involved in an apparent suicide, only to discover a deeper and more sinister cause.
Diane Heath
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is first Brady Coyne book I have read although I have previously read the J W Jackson/Brady Coyne combinations. This time we see Brady in action on his own....
Nancy Savonick
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Some of the Brady Coyne books prior to this one weren't very good, but with Hell Bent Tapply is back on track.
Beth Cobb
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down.
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Select Editions Vol 5, 2009
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
This book was ok. It was interesting enough to keep my attention but was not the type of book that kept you thinking about it for days after.
Therese B
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My first time reading this author and I like it. I hope to read others by him. His character is good and seems to work hard to get justice for the people he loves.
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
very enjoyable, pleasant writer.
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William G. Tapply (1940–2009) was an American author best known for writing legal thrillers. A lifelong New Englander, he graduated from Amherst and Harvard before going on to teach social studies at Lexington High School. He published his first novel, Death at Charity’s Point, in 1984. A story of death and betrayal among Boston Brahmins, it introduced crusading lawyer Brady Coyne, a fishing enthu ...more
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