Close to the Bone by William G. Tapply

Close to the Bone by William G. Tapply

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A fellow lawyer disappears from his boat, and Brady suspects foul play

Although alleged criminals are considered innocent until proven guilty, acquittal doesn’t make them saints. Boston lawyer Brady Coyne knows this all too well, but believes firmly enough in the right to counsel that he doesn’t let it keep him up at night. His friend Paul Cizek, however, is another story. A rising young defense lawyer, Paul has made a name defending repugnant clients: hit men, child molesters, unrepentant drunk drivers. He’s good at what he does—so good that it’s eating him alive.

After an emotional confession to Brady, Paul takes his boat out onto the Merrimack River in the middle of a storm. When the coast guard finds the vessel, the lawyer has vanished. Did he die in an accident, or did the stress of his work convince him to end it all? Brady suspects murder, and he will do whatever it takes to understand how his friend died.


“In his reliable, rewarding series featuring middle-aged Boston lawyer Brady Coyne, Tapply combines intelligent plotting with consistent, fully dimensional characterization and prose that flows as easily as the trout streams Coyne loves to fish.” —Publishers Weekly

“A fine entry in a consistently entertaining series.” —Booklist

“Brady Coyne becomes more interesting with every Tapply book.” —The Boston Globe

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