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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (294 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Bowden Narrator: Mark Bowde Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Who hasn't dreamed of finding a million dollars?

Joey Coyle was down and out -- the affable, boyish South Philadelphian hadn't found dock work in months, he was living with his ailing mother, and he was fighting a drug habit and what seemed like a lifetime of bouncing into and out of bad luck. One morning, while cruising the streets just blocks from his home, fate took a turn worthy of Hollywood when he spotted a curious yellow tub he thought might make a good toolbox. It contained $1.2 million in unmarked bills -- casino money that had just fallen off the back of an armored truck.

Detective Pat Laurenzi, with the help of the FBI, was working around the clock to track it down, Joey Coyle, meanwhile, was off on a bungling, swashbuckling misadventure, sharing his windfall with everyone from his girlfriend to total strangers to the two neighborhood kids who drove him past it. To hide the money, Joey turned to the local mob bos -- a shadowy, fearsome man who may or may not have helped launder it. But as adrenaline-filled nights began taking their toll, Joey Coyle's dream-come-true evolved into a nightmare: Whom could he trust?

By one of our most evocative and versatile chroniclers of American life, Finders Keepers is not only a gripping true life thriller, it is the remarkable tale of an ordinary man faced with an extraordinary dilemma, and the fascinating reactions -- from complicity to concern to betrayal -- of the friends, family, and neighbors to whom he turns. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Bowden follows two bestsellers with a tragicomic tale based on a series of articles he wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer…Bowden’s narrative is succinct and fast moving, spare but complete…This is a smaller tale than Bowden’s earlier ones, but a satisfying one, smartly told.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bowden’s quick and intense story is like a joyride in print.”

    Library Journal

  • “Bowden’s easy journalistic style lets the story basically tell itself, as the portrait emerges of a man who just did not have the resources to pull off a successful scam. Joey was acquitted of any crime because the jury found him temporarily insane as the result of discovering all that money. Compared to grisly true-crime tales, this yarn is almost farcical and lighthearted; nonetheless, it offers a compelling story that makes it a likely candidate for the bestseller lists.”


  • Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden is justly revered for transforming interviews and research into a story that rolls out before you in the here and now. His own vivid, intelligent voice deepens the verisimilitude of this story. He knows the text. He knew Joey. The 1986 series in the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine around which this book was built also sparked a movie titled Money for Nothing, starring John Cusack. Seem like a happy ending to you? Check again.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandi | 2/18/2014

    " Another good read that can be taken as a cautionary tale about drug abuse and how meth can addle your judgement. The author did a reasonable job with the narration on the audio version. Bowden is becoming one of my must read authors no matter what the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sonya Carlson | 2/14/2014

    " A drug addicted guy finds $1.2 million and can't keep his mouth closed. He is caught, doesn't serve time but kills himself years later "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/8/2014

    " Bowden is usually a perfectly capable writer who can make most stories interesting. This book gets 2 stars not because of him necessarily, but just because of the tale. I wanted to slap the main character from the first page. There's so little to the story, just, "He shot up some meth. Found money. More meth. Run away, more meth, get caught, the end." I read rather fast, but this book was such a blip, I literally read the entire thing in about 45 minutes. Not at all worth it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kevin Keast | 2/4/2014

    " The thing that bugged me about this book was that the author ends the story talking about how the infamy/notoriety that Joey gained from his misadventure led to his demise. And yet here he was, 10 years later, cashing in himself on bringing the story back to light once again. It just seemed icky. "

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