By Brian M. Raftery
Updated October 25, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Finders Keepers

type
  • Movie

Years before his black hawk down days, journalist Mark Bowden chronicled the story of Joey Coyle, a drug-addled longshoreman who discovered $1.2 million after it fell off a truck. One week later, the money was gone, and sad-sack, speed-shooting Coyle had become one of the most unlikely working-class heroes in history. Bowden seamlessly re-creates the short spending spree day by day in Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million (Atlantic Monthly, $23), as a frenzied Coyle, often in a drug-induced panic, attempts to stave off the impending greed of his friends, his enemies, and himself. Considering how many boneheaded mistakes he makes — he handed the money over to the Mob for safekeeping, and then blabbed about it — there’s plenty in Coyle’s life to belittle. But Bowden’s sympathetic treatment brings out Coyle’s charming endurance, and the story’s ending is unexpectedly moving. Masterfully reported and artfully paced, Finders Keepers abounds with colorific detail.

Episode Recaps

Finders Keepers

type
  • Movie
mpaa
director
Advertisement

Comments