But then the old lady next door ends up floating dead in her bathtub, and it seems that Sam is the only one who wonders why. Despite himself, burned out, busted up, and cynical, the ex-engineer, ex-professional boxer, ex-loving father and husband finds himself uncovering secrets no one could have imagined, least of all Sam himself.
Meanwhile, a procession of quirky characters intrudes on Sam's misanthropic ways, the likes of which you never knew inhabited the hidden corners of the storied Hamptons: the haves, the have-nots, and the want-to-have-at-all-costs, some of them deadly.
©2005 Chris Knopf; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Knopf's effortless narrative style and sense of humor bode well for the further adventures of Sam Acquillo." (Publishers Weekly)
"Though the mystery drives the plot, it's Sam's rediscovery of himself in middle age that is the real focus in this accomplished debut novel, which also boasts outstanding dialogue and a vividly rendered setting. Expect to hear more from Knopf; he is definitely a writer to watch." (Booklist)
I couldn't get through this book - not because of the story but because the reader was making me crazy. Could he read any slower? When I saw the 4 star rating I didn't want to give up but even after speeding up my ipod I still found him so annoying that after about 3 hours I finally deleted the book. Maybe I'll try the hardcopy.
I like Sam, the "hero". He is repressed, drinks too much, and smokes, but I like him.
He has issues with his mother, father, sister, ex-wife (his "revenge" was pretty funny), daughter, career, car, house, and neighbor. Sam has some questions about an "accidental" death and the book takes off from there. The plot is a little convoluted, then again expensive real estate deals can be pretty convoluted. The setting is the Hamptons, you don't think about "regular" people living there. The book is filled with people, not just characters. The mystery kept me guessing to the end. There was one pretty violent scene but not too awful. Bad guys getting beat up don't qualify as violence!
I enjoyed this book and was going to buy the series until the conclusion, but I do not purchase books about vigilantes. I think that readers who enjoy the Travis McGee books would enjoy this book.
Too much insignificant information makes this a long listen. Good to fall asleep to, though, because narrator has nice soothing voice!
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