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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (12 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843541114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843541110
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A master at pacing, putting the reader right alongside Joey, feeling the same speed-induced high as he makes dumb and dumber decisions.... Most of all, Mr. Bowden leaves the reader pondering the most obvious question on each page: What would you do?"

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Mark Bowden is the bestselling author of Black Hawk Down, Killing Pablo, Bringing the Heat and Doctor Dealer. He was a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joe Cutts on 27 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
Mark Bowden originally covered the story of Joey Coyle and his $1.2 million find as a journalist, then wrote this amazing account of hapless Philly Longshoreman and his botched attempt to keep the money. It's written in a pacey, manic style that conveys the drug fuelled whirlwind Joey found himself dropped into after discovering two unsual sacks at the side of the road on the way back from a disappointing trip to his dealer contained over a million dollars in untraceable one hundred dollar bills.

Applying a natural serdipity to the scenario, Joey decided to keep the money, seeing it as the will of his late Father. What follows is a story so unbelievable and, ultimately and ineluctably tragic, that it's impossible to put down.

More than anything the second half of the book is a fascinating analysis of public opinion, consensus morality, and the true definition of right and wrong, as the court drama unfolds and journalists from all over America pose the irresistible question: What Would You Do?

Unusually concise for Mark Bowden, it's still a wonderfully written account of an amazing story, tinged with comedy, stupidity, and tragedy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "kubrick-god" on 6 Jun 2003
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is amazingly short (200 pages of big print) it still encapuslates one of the most incredible events to happen to an everyday man who was down and out. Joey Coyle, a drug addicted dock worker living in Philidelphia, one day discovers a box on the street. Suggesting to his friends, in the car, it would make a useful toolbox the pull over to pick it up. Realising its worth slightly more they speed off back to Joey's. Not fully realisng what they've gotten into they celebrate with drink and drugs. Going from friend to friend (and some stragers) Joey can't resist telling everyone he meets, whilst still on a high for almost 7 days straight, the drugs seem the only thing that can calm him as he sinks into a state of ultra-paranoia.
This is the third Mark Bowden book i've reed and whilst maybe not on the scale of killing Pablo it still portrays the story of a real man in extrodinary circumstances with great panache right up untill the winding, aimless court trial that would carry on the star status of Joey Coyle - the everyday man and everybodies man.
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Format: Paperback
I became a Mark Bowden fan when I read "Black Hawk Down", and reading "Killing Pablo" afterwards only reinforced that liking. "Finders keepers" is a little known small book from this author, who first cut his teeth as a journalist in Philadelphia.

As I was writing it, I was wondering why it had not been made into a movie yet, since the book is almost a script. A minute-by-minute account of the dream turned into nightmare of finding 1.2MnUSD of untraceable bills on the street. If you have a weekend for yourself, it is probable that you would read it in a couple of sittings, but you will be fully entertained while doing that.
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By Mr. M. N. Rauf on 4 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
Fast paced and keeps you gripped..... it's a shame the film planned didn't pan out. The book is definately worth a read.
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