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Hell Hole: A John Ceepak Mystery | [Chris Grabenstein]

Hell Hole: A John Ceepak Mystery

Hell Hole is the fourth book in the mystery series featuring hardened former military PD and current Sea Haven, New Jersey, police officer John Ceepak and his partner, wise-cracking Danny Boyle.

In Hell Hole, Ceepak is confronted with his most personal case yet when he must investigate the alleged suicide of a military corporal who recently returned from Iraq. It turns out that this "locked stall" rest-stop suicide is anything but an open-and-shut case.

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Publisher's Summary

Hell Hole is the fourth book in the mystery series featuring hardened former military PD and current Sea Haven, New Jersey, police officer John Ceepak and his partner, wise-cracking Danny Boyle.

In Hell Hole, Ceepak is confronted with his most personal case yet when he must investigate the alleged suicide of a military corporal who recently returned from Iraq. When it turns out that this "locked stall" rest-stop suicide is anything but an open-and-shut case, Ceepak and Boyle realize that the corporal might have been privy to information that opens up a much larger conspiracy - one that strikes at the heart of our involvement in the Middle East and puts them on the wrong side of some very unpleasant people.

Don't miss other adventures featuring Sea Haven's finest, including (in order) Tilt-a-Whirl, Mad Mouse, and Whack-a-Mole.

©2008 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Grabenstein again shows his intimate knowledge of Jersey shore towns, whose populations swell in the summer....But this series offers far more than a beach-book romp; Hell Hole is taut and satisfying crime fiction." (Booklist)
"Hell Hole - named after an amusement park ride, like his other novels - moves at a brisk pace...The relationship between John and Danny, how each grows and learns from each other, continues to be the heart of Grabenstein's four novels." (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"Jeff Woodman's natural exuberance is a fine fit for Hell Hole's ingenuous, smart-alecky cop, Danny Boyle....Additionally, Woodman creates a perfect foil in Boyle's NJPD partner, hard-nosed, by-the-book John Ceepak....Chris Grabenstein writes a tight, well-constructed mystery, and Woodman's performance keeps the interest high and the listening upbeat." (AudioFile)

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    Susan bergenfield, NJ, USA 07-30-08
    Susan bergenfield, NJ, USA 07-30-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Another Terrific Ceepak Mystery"

    I've read all of the Ceepak Mysteries and was not disappointed by Hell Hole. The anticipation and mystery unfolds at a nice pace and I really enjoyed the ending. Based on the ending, I'm looking forward to the next book. Of course, I always enjoy Jeff Woodman's narration too.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy United States 08-10-08
    Kathy United States 08-10-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Love that Ceepak"

    If you are a John Ceepak fan, you have to listen to this book. It isn't as good as the first three books (mainly because there is less Ceepak and more Danny Boyle) but Grabenstein still spins out a smart, funny and dependably entertaining story

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-05-12
    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Comic book dialog ruins an otherwise good mystery."

    The mystery itself is pretty good, but the dialog is unbelievably bad. Danny Boyle talks like a teenager who is immature for his age. I don't know what Cheepak is supposed to be like, but he talks like a computer with a limited set of stock answers to all questions and situations. Even when Cheepak encounters his father, where there ought to be some emotion, he has none. It's like a comic book. Very good, Danny! Wow, how did Cheepak figure that out? Use logic, Danny! Here's a pat on your head, Danny. The narrator turns Cheepak into a blockhead, but I cannot fault him too much. He isn't given much to work with. The whole is LESS than the sum of each part. I will not be reading any more in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 09-05-10
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 09-05-10 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Stronger story than books 1-3"

    This is an excellent addition to this series. It has the same tone and humor and setting as the first 3 books but the story has a bit more punch to it (i.e., it's quite "serious" in nature, and believable, and... well, kinda sad too).

    It's probably a bit far-fetched in that I don't think so many people in real life would be complicit in such bad goings-on, but it's all believable within the story, and very suspenseful...

    It's fast and enjoyable - though I think it has more swearing than the other books so that might put some people off, but it all fit with the storyline. The narration is very well done.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dageff N J 08-22-08
    Dageff N J 08-22-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Worth the wait!"

    I really enjoyed this one as I did the three that preceded it. I thought it was very well thought out and it left me going until the very end. I think Grabenstein gets better at this with each Ceepak mystery he writes. I highly recommend this. I'm going back to read Hell for the Holidays but hope that Grabenstein releases his next Ceepak mystery real soon!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-05-08
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-05-08 Member Since 2002

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    "Grabenstein turns out another great one"

    I really like Grabenstein's books. They are suspensful and interesting but not in a creepy way. The background characters are interesting and cover the real life spectrum. Having spent lots of time in beach communities I can see how these characters could be among us.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Chicago, IL, United States 09-16-08
    James Chicago, IL, United States 09-16-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Best one yet"

    The story line in Woodman's latest effort develops and culminates better than any of the previous books.
    Very entertaining and good fun.
    Jeff Woodman, again, is absolutely brilliant in his portraying of the characters!
    I can enjoy listening pretty much anything if the narrator does it right, and Woodman makes all the right choices - so good I forget he's reading. It's like watching a brilliant actor, forgetting they are reciting a script, and really believing in the character.
    If you like a listen for the good narration, this series is a must.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael St Helens, OR, United States 07-27-14
    Michael St Helens, OR, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Another solid Ceepak Novel"

    Enjoyed the 4th book in the series. If you liked the first 3 you will like this one as well...

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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-11-14
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2011

    I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

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    "Now one of my all-time favorite authors!"

    Great book! I have read the series up to and including this book. I love them! When I finish the books, I feel like I have left behind my friends at the Jersey Shore...always leaves me wanting more!

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    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 11-21-13
    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 11-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Would have made a better Short Story"
    Would you try another book from Chris Grabenstein and/or Jeff Woodman?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Chris Grabenstein’s story?

    Was just OK. Not great. I would spend my money on better authors.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the performance was good.


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