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Publisher's Summary

Peel back the glamour of the fabled Hamptons and you'll find a beautiful place filled with ugly secrets. This is Sam Acquillo's world. Moving effortlessly across the social divide with wry pal Jackie Swaitkowski and rich guy Burton Lewis, the ex-boxer, ex-corporate infighter seems doomed to straddle the thin red line between envy and love, hate and forgiveness, goodness and greed - and sometimes, life and death.

Part-time carpenter, full-time drinker and co-conspirator with an existential mutt named Eddie Van Halen, Sam tries to lead the simple life. But as always, fate intervenes, this time in the form of Robbie Milhouser, a local builder and blundering bully who shares with Sam an irresistible attraction to the beautiful Amanda. When Robbie is murdered, Sam finds himself in the crosshairs of a very determined chief of police.

©2008 Chris Knopf; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"It's the endearing and deeply flawed Acquillo that's the heart and soul of this exceptional series." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
"The intelligent writing...entertained me on every page. Chris Knopf deserves a wide audience." (Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine)
"Sam makes the perfect antihero for our guided tour of the wrong side of the tracks. Another satisfying entry in an endearing series." (Booklist)

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  • ch
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 02-08-11

Narrator and story click

I've listened to the first 3 books in this series and I approve the narrator switch from Stefan Rudnicki to Richard Ferrone. I thought the voice sounded familiar, but it wasn't until the narrator said the word "Bernie" that I remembered where I'd heard the voice before (Lawrence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr series). I like Mr. Ferrone's narration because there's just the little touch of humor and irony to go with the protagonist's point of view.

The setting of the novel and the character's background are also interesting (I also USED to be an engineer). I do find the violence of the main character a bit disturbing but the plots are generally satisfyingly complex and resolve well.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 06-17-13

No more

I enjoyed the previous 2 books, but I quit this one about a quarter way through. Sam was just too obnoxious for my tastes. The hero can have flaws, but I really want to like him/her at least some.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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decent

A decent story, seems a little dated, but not horrible.
If you are offended by chauvinistic thinking roll your eyes and keep reading. Overall it was a nice break from the endless serial killer books that seem to be the only reading on the market.

I welcome suggestions on a good old fashioned mystery series that develops the characters maybe has one or two serials in the series but doesn't balk at a real whodunit and isn't cheesy or gimmicky.

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  • Montanan
  • Crossville, TN, United States
  • 08-20-14

Bla, Bla Bla

Why this is called a mystery must be because you constantly are wondering what the mystery is!

Felt like a few college kids trying out their new vocabulary with each other and what they learned last week in class.

By the end you truly don't care "who done it"!

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Pretentious, "hero" not likable

Would you try another book from Chris Knopf and/or Richard Ferrone?

NO. Main character had no redeeming qualities, pretentious, obnoxious. Readers was horrible, like fingernails on chalk board.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Ferrone?

Will not get another book he reads.

Any additional comments?

Definitely want my credit back for this loser. I listened for over two hours and the story and characters just did not peek my interest at all. I have a graduate degree and knew the lines of poetry and other references but I felt this was terribly snobbish, maybe the setting...argh! Enough, I quit.