Nick Bones Underground


Product Details

Koehler Books
Publish Date
6.0 X 9.0 X 1.0 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author

Phil M. Cohen's passion for storytelling emerges from his love of reading fiction and his commitment to the Jewish tradition. Through his education, he's learned how to create and interpret stories; how to grapple with philosophical questions; and how to write fiction. From his rabbinic work, he's gained insight into the world. From realms unknown and a bit scary, Phil M. Cohen continues to discover his creative imagination. He is the author of nearly twenty published stories, dozens of articles and papers, and of the eBook Lucky 13. He blogs for The Times of Israel, as well as at his website,, where he interviews authors and other literary figures. He writes flash fiction and short stories, as well as all the things clergy write. Nick Bones Underground is the first of a trilogy.


"...rollicking rabbinic roller coaster ride through a dystopian futuristic world."

Eli Hirsch, Radical Skepticism and the Shadow of Doubt: A Philosophical Dialogue (Bloomsbury)

"Come for the AI, stay for the mystery."

Aaron Frale, Time Burrito

", drugs, and even cameos from a rock 'n' roll legend. So, what's not to love?"

Howard Lovy, Alliance for Independent Authors

"Phil M. Cohen has delivered a crackling, genre-bending story that has both head and heart. With an angsty sometime college professor-turned private eye at its center, Cohen's novel serves up an assortment of snappy characters that, for all their fast-talking bravado, are all just trying to get by in a ruined world. Smart, sharp, and adeptly hardboiled, Nick Bones Underground is a terrific tribute to its gimlet-eyed predecessors and a wonderfully lively read in its own right."

Joan Leegant, Wherever You Go: a novel

"In Nick Bones Underground, Phil M. Cohen gives us an engaging detective story with an entertaining cast of characters in need of redemption whether they realize it or not. As religion-professor-turned-detective, Nick and his sidekick computer, Maggie, take on a mystery tied all too uncomfortably to Nick's past. They take us on a wild ride through a version of New York City that has seen better days, populated by citizens looking in all the wrong places for meaning, love, and leadership. Plentiful side helpings of humor, philosophy, religious fraud, and ethical quandaries add to the tale, making for an absorbing, memorable read."

Katy Yokum, author Three Ways to Disappear