Author Reed Farrel Coleman claims his alter ego Tony Spinosa was "raised by nuns in a Brooklyn orphanage...the product of an affair between the blind daughter of a neighborhood rabbi and a local wiseguy."
In his latest outing under the Tony Spinosa pseudonym, Coleman's The Fourth Victim takes a look at New York truckers. Three drivers have already fallen to the serial killer known as the Oilman Murderer. When the fourth victim, Rusty Monaco, is killed, his bosses Joe Serpe and Bob Healy, both ex-cops, start their own investigation. In the process, they find that Monaco had a huge stash of cash, money the two men suspect came from a racially charged crime committed years earlier.
The sequel to Coleman/Spinosa's 2006 whodunit Hose Monkey, The Fourth Victim features some of the same poetic and violent suspense that previously earned Coleman an Edgar nomination and just snagged the Shamus Award. 5 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Sat., Oct. 25, 5 p.m., 2008