Monday, February 19, 2024

Aubrey Nye Hamilton Reviews: Sleepless City: A Nick Ryan Novel by Reed Farrel Coleman

Reed Farrel Coleman is the New York Times-bestselling author of 31 novels, short stories, poetry, and essays. He is a four-time Edgar Award nominee in three different categories: Best Novel, Best Paperback Original, and Best Short Story. He is a four-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel of the Year. He has also won the Audie, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards.

Gus Murphy, one of his private investigators, is among my favorite contemporary PIs. With only two books so far, I am holding out hope that we will see more of him. In the meantime Coleman introduces a new character, Nick Ryan, in Sleepless City (Blackstone, 2023). Ryan is a New York police detective known for his ability to think on his feet and to stay calm under pressure. These traits are the reason he’s been chosen by an unnamed group to deal with apparently unsolvable problems within the police force.

His first assignment is to find a way to defuse an accidental shooting that will otherwise set a match to the powder keg of racial tensions in the city. While his fast thinking smoothed over the situation, an enthusiastic but inexperienced reporter could tell the full story had not been told and she focused on Ryan as the answer to her questions. She began to follow him and became enmeshed with his behind-the-scenes activity, to everyone’s dismay.

Another fine book from a skilled storyteller. Inventive plot, even pacing, original characters. I especially liked a couple of the secondary characters: The bartender on the run from the fallout of his participation in the Irish Troubles and the Pulitzer-winning journalist who is now running his own weekly newspaper. I am looking forward to the next in the series!


·         Publisher: Blackstone Publishing, Inc. (July 11, 2023)

·         Language: English

·         Hardcover: 321 pages

·         ISBN-10: 1982627476

·         ISBN-13: 978-1982627478 


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Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

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