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  • ISBN: 031228585X
  • Author: Bill Kent
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Mystery
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (October 10, 2002)
  • Pages: 308 pages
  • ePUB size: 1405 kb
  • FB2 size 1522 kb
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Bill Kent is a writer, journalist, critic and author of three novels and two non-fiction books. His writing has appeared in more than 40 regional and national publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Magazine

Bill Kent is a writer, journalist, critic and author of three novels and two non-fiction books. His writing has appeared in more than 40 regional and national publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Magazine. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, with his wife and son.

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In some parts of Philadelphia, you don't die, you don't get murdered, you don't commit suicide or fall off a roof or come home and light a cigarette when the oven pilot has gone out, blowing half the block to Kingdom Come. You get yourself dead.It was Benny Lunch who got himself dead, "Benny Lunch" because he believed that no matter how bad things got, no matter how much people hated each other and tried to kill each other, you could get them to sit down at a meal and work out their differences. He'd get them together and somehow arrangements were made, deals were greased, details would get ironed out and if you were to ask Ben how it came down, he'd just shrug his shoulders and say in that side-of-the-mouth way he had of talking that all he did was pick up the check. But Benny Lunch got himself dead. And now it is up to Benny Cosicki's daughter Andrea to find out who and why. Tall Andy, a demon with a basketball, just out of the University of Pennsylvania and aiming for a membership in the Newspaper Guild. Andy is going to find her father's killer -- because for sure he was killed; it was no accident. Benny Lunch knew the fire-ruined old neighborhood bar well enough to keep from falling through the second-story floor. Benny had met and married Andy's mother there; the bar had Benny's history in its blackened beams.So here is Andy, just hired by the Philadelphia Press to take over the Mr. Action column, which hasn't been in action for several months, citizen complaints piling up all the while. Andy quickly discovers that the quiet man next to her, "Shep" Ladderback, whose desk is always clean, has a cabinet full of files holding everything about everybody. He's also got a mind stuffed with memory and brains that work quietly and flawlessly, and she is more than lucky that he's taken it on himself to be her guide. Kent's years as a newspaperman in Philadelphia has been the perfect training for a book like Street Money. He knows the delicious details of the way politics works at the local level. He is as savvy about the scam artists fattening on the pretensions of the new suburban homeowners as he is about the former drug dealer who preaches hell-and-damnation in a deserted neighborhood bank. He takes us behind the scenes in a big-city newspaper. You could almost think of him as the live model for the all-knowing Ladderback.Between the assertive, independent, but still-learning Andy and the reclusive and somehow larger than life Ladderback, all sorts of wrongdoing and ill will is uncovered. It almost seems that with Benny Lunch's death, the things he was able to bury with his lunches, and thought were gone forever, are now surfacing to challenge his daughter. But having met Andy, we root for her as she accepts the challenge.
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Upon graduating from the U of Penn with a journalism degree, former basketball star Andrea "Andy" Cosicki tries to obtain work with local newspapers, but is ignored until her father Benjamin "Benny Lunch" gets her a position with the tabloid Philadelphia Press. Her boss makes it clear that he does not want her, but has no choice as obviously the owners owed Benny Lunch for fixing something. So he assigns Andy the impossible column of Mr. Action problem solver for readers and to assist Shep Ladderbook the obit writer.

Almost immediately following her employment, the police find the body of Benny Lunch in the basement of the burned out Straight Up club. No one knows why he went there, but the death is ruled an accident. When thugs invade her home looking for something that Benny Lunch possessed, Andy wonders if someone killed him over a deal he arranged or that item not found so far. With the help of Ladderbook, who provides newspaper cover and leads, she begins to investigate.

STREET MONEY is an entertaining read that combines elements of an amateur sleuth with a professional investigation. The story line focuses on Andy, as a rookie just starting out so that her actions feel like an amateur sleuth yet because of Ladderbook providing guidance her effort is also professional. Andy makes the tale work as a modern woman not ashamed of being over six feet tall and towering over many of her colleagues. That self-positive attitude makes Bill Kent's novel a joy to read as she digs into her father's death to learn the truth of Benny Lunch.

Harriet Klausner
Ben Cosicki, known to the world of street-level Philadelphia politics as a fixer named Benny Lunch, "gets himself dead." His daughter Andy, a new journalism grad hired by a top newspaper through her father's influence, takes her dad's death hard. She becomes allied with a career obituary writer named Shep Ladderback who teaches her the power of the obituary desk, a resource Andy uses to try to figure out why her father died

STREET MONEY is an artfully written book that takes some getting used to. The first dozen pages use a rambling, circular narrative style that evokes the world of Benny Lunch. When the story starts focusing on Andy, the narration turns more linear, but it periodically slips back into streetwise patter when Andy thinks about her father, or is simply being her father's daughter.

But the book is definitely worth the effort. It's essentially about the newspaper business, but also chronicles Andy's education about the "real" world, where everything, however unlikely, is tied together. It's a comic novel, with characters and scenes whose humor is sometimes subtle and sometimes downright hilarious. STREET MONEY was great fun! I was sorry when it ended and look forward to the sequel.
Little Devil
Street Money is the most interesting mystery that I have read thus far this year. It is also my first brush with magic realism in the mystery genre. How else can one describe a plot fueled largely by coincidence and felicitous encounter? It starts with the death of Benny "Lunch" Cosicki, successful facilitator of labor problems in Philadelphia and unfolds like an intricate piece of Celtic embroidery.
This is not to suggest that there is any lack of violence or derring-do in Kent's book. Much of the latter is supplied by Benny's daughter, Andy, a fresh-minted Penn graduate who is determined to find out why her father died. Her mentor is an agoraphobic obituary writer name Shep Ladderback at the tabloid Philadelphia Press where Andy has just been hired. He helps her explore the web of Cosicki's relationships which began in an orphanage and stretch from the blue collar neighborhood of Redmonton where Benny tended bar and met Andy's mother to Philadelphia's Main Line.
I hope Kent gives us more Ladderback and Cosiski collaborations.
As a Philadelphian, I was excited to read this book, a mystery seeped in Philadelphia's corrupt politics by a local journalist. This didn't cut it. For all its mentions of locale, this book had no sense of place. It could have taken place in Cleveland.
The characters had no heart. The plot limped along thanks to a seemingly endless series of convenient coincidences, constantly painting itself into a corner and suddenly finding a secret trap door. After all that, the ending was a rushed little chapter tacked on without tying up half the loose ends. It was like author Bill Kent just got sick of writing the thing and stopped. Which is pretty much how I felt reading it.
If visiting Philly by book, do yourself a favor and read all three of Steve Lopez's novels instead. Heck, read W.C Fields's tomb stone.
Honestly, the biggest mystery with this book is how it got published. The author is a newspaper journalist, but he's thrown all his training out the window for this book as it meanders around, seemingly pointlessly, for page after page after dreary page.

Maybe if I'd finished it I would have got the point. I didn't.
Bill Kent's tough-as-nails heroine, Andy Cosicki is just right for the 21st Century. She's feminine enough to be vulnerable and tough enough to fight her way out of any mess. And she's smart, which is also true of the writing. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Bill Kent takes artistic chances and succeeds with riveting intensity in the debut of his new mystery series. "Street Money" teams a gritty old tabloid obit writer, N.S. (Shep) Ladderback, with a tall, striking, but wet-behind-the-ears cub reportor, Andrea (Andy) Cosicki, to delve into the murky depths of political deals, an over-the-edge evangelist, and dark family secrets. Kent paints a vivid cast of powerful characters combining the sensitivity of a Michelangelo with the raw power of a Picasso. "Street Money" is a must for any serious mystery fan.
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