Gulliver Dowd

Created by Reed Farrel Coleman

A handsome face on a twisted deformed body is New York private eye GULLIVER DOWD‘s lot in life.

He’s so short he fills up “only the bottom half a mirror,” his arms and legs are too short for his squat body, his hands too big for his arms, his head too big for his body. And just for good measure, one leg’s longer than the other.

Not that his personal life is any bed of roses. His sister, a Brooklyn cop, was murdered, and he didn’t even know he had a daughter, until she was kidnapped.

But Gulliver abides — a determined and savvy investigator, a brooding but optimistic smart ass with a heart of gold. And a very large sidekick, Ahmed, for when the going gets tough.

And the going does get tough — surprisingly tough, considering the series is part of Orca Books’ Rapid Reads imprint, which publishes individually bound novellas “intended for a diverse audience, including ESL students, reluctant readers, adults who struggle with literacy and anyone who wants a high-interest quick read.”

Other Rapid Reads authors include crime and mystery writers Linda L. Richards, Melodie Campbell, Rick Blechta, Ronald Tierney, and Dayle Campbell Gaetz.

Besides the Shamus-winning Moe Prager series, Coleman is the author of three novels featuring unorthodox investigator Dylan Klein, a newer series featuring Long Island eye Gus Murphy, and, under the Tony Spinosa byline, writes about ex-cops Joe Serpe & Bob Healy who go into various businesses together, including oil delivery and private investigation. More recently, he’s taken taken over Robert B. Parker’s popular Jesse Stone series.


  • “Admirers of quality espionage fiction can look forward to a new series worth following.”
    — Publisher’s Weekly


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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