“A very good [book] . . . a miniature serio-comedy about life in the city.” Jonathan Yardly, Washington Post
The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million
978-0-8021-4021-0 • $13.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2003
What would you do if you found a million dollars?
Joey Coyle was down and outthe 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, though, 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 billscasino money that had just fallen off the back of an armored truck.
Told in riveting, novelistic detail by “a master of narrative journalism” (New York Times Book Review), Mark Bowden’s Finders Keepers is the incredible true story of a tight-knit working-class community suddenly steeped in intrigue. Even before news of the missing money exploded across the headlines, 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 (and whose parents were beginning to wonder where their car had disappeared to). To hide the money, Joey turned to the local mob bossa 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? With an entire city on the hunt, for how long could he continue to hide? And was he prepared to live his life in constant fear of being caught, maybe even killed?
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 reactionsfrom complicity to concern to betrayalof the friends, family, and neighbors to whom he turns.