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Valentino Pier
A Gulliver Dowd Mystery
By author: Reed Farrel Coleman
Selling Points: "mystery, crime, New York City, private eye, dogs "
ISBN: 9781459802094
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2013
Fry Reading Level: 2.5
Pages: 144
Adult Fiction
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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It all begins when PI Gulliver Dowd is approached by Ellis Torres, a street kid, on Valentino Pier in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Ellis has lost his dog, and after Gulliver helps to find the dog for him, they go their separate ways. So when Ellis is discovered beaten, unconscious and left for dead not far from the pier early the following morning, Gulliver is horrified—and suspicious. He sets out to find the attacker and learn why the boy was targeted. What Gulliver uncovers by way of bizarre clues—amidst threats of danger to himself and his loved ones-—leads him on his most curious case yet. Undeniably, there is something amiss at Valentino Pier.

CM Magazine - October 18, 2013
"An action-packed mystery...Well-written, fast paced, and loaded with interesting characters."
VOYA - October 1, 2013
"Features a plot that moves quickly and is filled with action...The sentence structure is simple, and the vocabulary is easy to understand, making it a great read for English-language learners."
Library Journal - September 1, 2013
"Coleman, the award-winning author of the Moe Prager series, is a welcome addition to the talented stable of writers who have joined Orca’s Rapid Reads line. Mixing accessible prose meant to draw in new and reluctant readers with an exciting plot, Coleman introduces a gutsy, street-savvy hero. More, please."

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Short, high-interest
novels for adults

Key Features:
Short, high-interest novels
Compelling characters
Reading levels: 2.0-4.5
Ideal for ESL and
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