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Dave Zeltserman. Serpent's Tail, $14.95 paper
(280p) ISBN 978-1-84668-643-6
The second in what Zeltserman calls his "bad-ass out of prison" trilogy, though less compelling than its predecessor, Small Crimes, is superior to his by-the-numbers Bill Shannon series (Bad Thoughts, etc.). In the nicely gritty opening section, South Boston thug Kyle Nevin, just out of prison after an eight-year stretch, has a long list of scores to settle, headed by his old boss, Red Mahoney, who he believes betrayed him. …