Nick Ryan (Coleman)

Created by Reed Farrel Coleman

He’s a cop, he’s not a cop. Or he is a cop, but don’t tell anyone…

But when you’re one of the NYPD’s  boys in blue, and the shit hits the fan, NICK RYAN may be your only hope.

When we meet him in his series launch, Sleepless City (2023), Nick’s out of uniform and off the books, acting as a freelance go-between for a man known only as Joe, navigating the wild spaces between the cops and the rest of the world. And given unlimited resources and carte blanche to do it.

Like the blurbs say, “When cops are in trouble, they call Nick Ryan. Every cop in the city knows his name, but no one says it out loud. In fact, they don’t talk about him at all. He doesn’t wear a uniform, but he is the most powerful cop in New York. Nick Ryan can find a criminal who’s vanished. Or he can make a key witness disappear. He has cars, safe houses, money, and weapons hidden all over the city.”

In other words… not a man to mess with.

Demons? Yeah, Nick’s got a few. There are lines he won’t cross, and he’s haunted at times by those he did cross. He’s not exactly happy with his new position, and he’s not making many friends, but he does what he’s told and keeps his mouth shut.

Or else.

Nick may sound a little like a rougher, wilder Men’s Adventure version of Chip Zdarsky and Jacob Phillip’s Easton Newburn, who works similar turf, but this is Reed Fucking Farrel Coleman, man! He’s the Shamus-winning writer who’s already given us an astonishing array off-beat and often troubled private eyes, including Moe PragerDylan Klein, Gulliver Dowd,  Gus Murph and, under the Tony Spinosa byline, ex-cops Joe Serpe and Bob Healy.

So he’s got this…


  • “Nick Ryan is something of a cross between Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Showtime’s Ray Donovan and Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer”
    Don Winslow (Official July 2023 Recommendation, @WinslowBookClub)


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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