Wednesday, December 24, 2014

"Last Words" Blog Tour

In March of 1975, as New York City hurtles toward bankruptcy and the Bronx burns, newsman Coleridge Taylor roams police precincts and ERs. He is looking for the story that will deliver him from obits, his place of exile at the Messenger-Telegram. Ever since he was demoted from the police beat for inventing sources, the 34-year-old has been a lost soul.

A break comes at Bellevue, where Taylor views the body of a homeless teen picked up in the Meatpacking District. Taylor smells a rat: the dead boy looks too clean, and he's wearing a distinctive Army field jacket. A little digging reveals that the jacket belonged to a hobo named Mark Voichek and that the teen was a spoiled society kid up to no good, the son of a city official.

Taylor's efforts to protect Voichek put him on the hit list of three goons who are willing to kill any number of street people to cover tracks that just might lead to City Hall. Taylor has only one ally in the newsroom, young and lovely reporter Laura Wheeler. Time is not on his side. If he doesn't wrap this story up soon, he'll be back on the obits page--as a headline, not a byline. Last Words is the first book in the Coleridge Taylor mystery series.

My Thoughts....

This is the first book I've read by this author, Rich Zahradnik.

"Last Words" captures New York City of the 1970s. No cell phones, computers, just old fashion leg work. In the story we meet corrupt  politicians, bully cops, and the homeless, and not to forget the main character, Taylor, a reporter for a newspaper.

The pace of the story moves along nicely as we follow Taylor around New York City streets and alleys, as he follows clues and leads until the finale where everything comes together.

The story has a lot of twists and turns, which kept this reader on the edge of my seat waiting to see where the next turn leads. It was an exciting story right up until the end, and what an ending!

For everyone who likes mystery, this book is for you. Even though it was out of my "Comfort Reading Zone" I have to admit it kept me turning pages right to the end...

This book was provided for me by the author of this Blog Tour for an honest review. Thank you Rich for a few days of exciting reading...I enjoyed this book so much that I decided to award it 4 stars...and those are my "Last Words."

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.


We also created a soundtrack to go along with the book. If you create a Spotify account or sign in via Facebook you can listen to classic 70s music here: 

I found this a fun part of reading the book, listening to that 70s music. What a Blast From the Past!! O.K. so I lied these are my "Last Words."


  1. Gigi Ann, I'm glad you enjoyed this book. Have a merry Christmas!