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Tin Men

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Three crooked cops going straight after a murderer

Woody was working on getting high when the phone rang. Dennis was on a date — it was a date he paid for, but a date all the same. Os had blood on his hands from a little extracurricular law enforcement. All three men picked up their phones because they were cops, and cops are never really off-duty — not even when they’re cr
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by ECW Press
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About a year ago I picked up Rocks Beat Paper: A Wilson Mystery by this author. It was the first time I’d read his stuff & I was struck by his ability to create characters that live & breathe in your head from the moment you’re introduced. That continues in this dark & gritty tale.

Os, Woody & Dennis…3 cops who couldn’t be more different but must work together to solve the grisly murder of one of their own. When the body of colleague Julie Owen is found in her home, all 3 get the
Linda Strong

Os ... blood still on his hands from 'questioning' a suspect in another case when he gets the call.

Woody ... Trying his hardest to get high with booze and pills and trying to come down with more pills after the call

Dennis ... the outlier who tries very hard to be like the others ... except for his penchant for transvestites

These man have several things in common. First of all, they are all cops .. dirty cops. They all have 'issues' and probably should not be allowed to carry guns. They all have
Tin Men is a term that cops use to describe one of their own who has the tin badge, but no heart like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. Os is described as such by his brethren. Os, short for Oswald, is a giant of a man, who can wade into a fight outnumbered and walk out nearly unscathed. He takes no Crap from anyone and, to nearly everyone, he is seemingly dead inside. His partner, Woody, has his own pains and nightmares that he tries to drown out such as the death of his wife and unborn child. H ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very gritty no holds barred police procedural. The 3 protagonists are 3 police detectives thrown together to solve a police murder. The police(woman) was gruesomely found murdered in her own apartment. The 3 detectives are all deeply flawed: Os is rage filled and violent, Woody is a drug addict and Dennis has a sex fetish but they pull themselves together now and then to do their work. There are a lot of little details in this book which made me bump this up from 4 to 5 stars.

At 309 pages, this
Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
A gritty whodunit, Tin Men, is a page-turner about a gruesome murder and the three very flawed detectives assigned to the case. When Os gets the call, he’s in the middle of dealing out western-style justice to a group of thugs stupid enough to mouth back to the very large, very angry ex-boxer. When Woody picks up the phone, he’s already had a few beers and too many tokes off his heroin stash. Dennis? I don’t know if he’s truly on same level with Os and Woody; his only vice is transgender prostit ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a typical gritty detective novel with a cast of characters that are as unlikable as they are troubled. Woody, Dennis, and Os have been brought in to solve the murder of fellow detective Julie Owen and the kidnapping of her unborn child. Although Os has a deep personal reason for solving this crime, since the baby was his, Woody and Dennis also have a connection to Julie that makes her murder a crusade they will not abandon until it is solved. I very much enjoyed the character description ...more
3.5 stars

I’ve read a lot of mystery novels where the main premise is about cops trying to solve a murder. I’ve even read mystery novels where the murder victim is a cop. However, I’ve never read any books where the plot revolves around the cops themselves instead of the murderer. That is the unique factor in this novel, and it’s the reason why I wanted to read it.

Another reason I wanted to read it is because all three of the cops are crooked in different ways. Centering a book around three corru
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. As a police officer is killed in her own apartment -- sliced open and the baby cut out of her -- 3 of the best homicide detectives are assigned to solve this atrocity of one of their own. They're called tin men -- all shield, no heart, just like the tin man in the Wizard of Oz. This case proves the moniker is not true. Os -- big, brutish, and no one knows he is the father of the baby taken from the womb. Woody -- Os's partner who uses heroin to dull the memory of his dead wife and chi ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, mystery, arc
A big thanks to ECW Press and NetGalley who provided this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.
This is a dark, crime-fiction novel set in Hamilton, Ontario that tells the story of three morally ambiguous cops and the murder that binds them together.  Woody is the most likeable of the trio who turns his anger at the injustice of the world in on himself.  Damaged, likely from his time in the military, Oswald turns his anger outward and uses vigilante justice to punish criminals at every
Teena in Toronto
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
Woody, Dennis and Os are police detectives in Hamilton, ON. Each has their own issues. Woody is dealing with his personal grief by becoming a junkie. Dennis pays for female companionship who have extra parts. Os is big and angry and has his own way of bringing criminals to justice.

A fellow police officer is found brutally murdered in her own bed. She was pregnant and her unborn child is missing. Partners Woody and Os are assigned to the case, as is Dennis. No one likes Dennis but he has a knack
Barbara Senteney
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can I say, the cops were crooked as zig zag lines. Loved it.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had read another book from this author recently, Rocks Beat Paper. That was a bit different from this as it involved a con artist and a diamond heist, but I thought since this was also on Amazon Vine I might as well try it.

For those who think Canada is a polite, good-natured place comes this story about three crooked cops in Hamilton, Ontario. Os is a former soldier turned cop with some PTSD issues it seems like. He's basically a thug who often brutalizes suspects, but thanks to connections ge
Louie Buttny
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Although the characters were compelling and there was certainly a dramatic element to the book, you can't give a book a pass for having plot holes larger than swiss cheese. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I'll say that the final reveal on the killer was horribly predictable and had me shaking my head at the thought of how much time I had wasted to read a book that could've had a plot better developed by a third grader. The book shows promise of a Lee Child type of novel at times, but ...more
Pankaj Verma
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolutely thrilling read.

3 Cops with their own brand of crime solving, seeks to unravel the gruesome murder of fellow cop, hoping to find solutions for Thier own dilemma.

Woody needs salvation to forget the painful trauma of death of his wife and stillborn child.

While Denise seeks to prove himself that he truly belongs to force.

Os wants revenge overiding his guilty conscious.

Along the way Thier is fast action, page turning and predictable climax.
Still enjoyed the while journey.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Not every cop is dirty, but the good ones are. Clean cops are about as effective as a chef with no tongue. The motions are correct, but the food never comes out right."

Loved this little novel about 3 emotionally damaged detectives called on to solve the gruesome murder of a fellow cop. Couldn't put this one down, and look forward to reading more from this author.
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Set in Hamilton, Ontario. That's a plus, a new venue. Violent and nasty cops who brutalize suspects. Each of the three main cops were flawed, their superiors worse...It's hard to like a book when the main characters are so disagreeable. Went on a long time.

Don't think I will read another by this author.
Bradley Valentine
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I read a lot of books that aspire to be "gritty" and "noirish" that ultimately fail the courage of their convictions. Authors want to be dark while also trading in a very simplistic take on morality. they want their characters to be likable or justice to prevail in the end -- or failing that, then a broader more social kind of justice.

Mike Knowles should be applauded for just not really trying to have it both ways. Not to say the characters are in some morbid way relatable. But probably relatab
Marcus Carter
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Best crime book I’ve read in 2018
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