Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - True Crime - 224 pages
The “unexpectedly moving” story of dumb luck and the American Dream set in South Philly from the # 1 New York Times–bestselling author (Entertainment Weekly).
 
What would you do if you found a million dollars? When Joey Coyle did, he was a twenty-eight-year-old drug-dependent, unemployed longshoreman living with his ailing mother in a tight-knit Philadelphia neighborhood. While cruising the streets just blocks from his home, fate took a turn worthy of a Hollywood caper when he found $1.2 million in unmarked bills—casino money that had fallen off an armored truck. It was virtually untraceable. Coyle? Not so much.
 
Over the next seven days, fueled by euphoria, methamphetamine, and paranoia, Coyle shared his windfall with everyone from his eight-year-old niece to total strangers to a local mob boss who offered to “clean” it. All the while, Det. Pat Laurenzi and members of the FBI were working around the clock to find it. No one was prepared for how Coyle’s dream-come-true would come tumbling down, or what would happen when it did.
 
From “a master of narrative journalism” comes the incredible true-life thriller of an ordinary man with an extraordinary dilemma, and the complicity, concern, and betrayal of friends, family, and neighbors that would prove his undoing (The New York Times Book Review).
 
“A miniature serio-comedy about life in the city.” —The Washington Post
 
“Masterfully reported and artfully paced.” —Entertainment Weekly
 
“A taut, fast-paced tale.” —The Baltimore Sun
 

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Bowden's newest effort recounts true events that happened in early 1980s Philadelphia to Joey Coyle, a drug-addled, down-and-out longshoreman. One day, while on the way to score drugs, Joey and his ... Read full review

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This was a pretty interesting read and kept my attention...what would you do if you find a million or so dollars somwhere and it looked like you could just walk away with it?... Read full review

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Contents

Thursday February 26 1981
1
Friday February 27 1981
41
Saturday February 28 1981
71
Sunday March 1 1981
87
Monday March 2 1981
95
March 3 1981
103
March 4 1981
131
THE TRIAL
147
EPILOGUE
197
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Page 10 - The dealer wasn't in. John and Jed sat in the car while Joey knocked, paced the sidewalk in front of the house, and then knocked some more. For the boys it was a minor disappointment, but they could see that it was more serious with Joey. He was frantic. He slumped back into the car. "We can try him again later,

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Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and other magazines. He is also the writer in residence at the University of Delaware. His most recent book is Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.

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