Valentino Pier

  • Pages:144
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Gulliver Dowd Mystery
  • Themes:New York City, private eye, dogs, private investigator, male sleuth
  • Available:09/01/2013
  • Age Groups:Adult Fiction
  • Reading Level:2.5
  • Lexile:HL390L
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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.
"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."
– Library Journal
"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."
"An action-packed mystery...Well-written, fast paced, and loaded with interesting characters."
– CM Magazine

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