Sam Acquillo

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 613 ratings

The Last Refuge Publisher's Summary

Sam Acquillo is at the end of the line. A middle-aged corporate dropout living in a ramshackle cottage in Southampton's North Sea, Sam has abandoned friends, family, and a big-time career to sit on his porch, drink vodka, and stare at the Little Peconic Bay.

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.
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  • Book 1

    • The Last Refuge

    • By: Chris Knopf
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 123

    Sam Acquillo is at the end of the line: he's a middle-aged corporate dropout living in a ramshackle cottage in Southampton's North Sea. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A hero who doesn't work and play well with others.

    • By Cholmondeley on 04-04-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • Two Time

    • By: Chris Knopf
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    Sam Acquillo, ex-boxer, ex-corporate executive, and accidental hero of The Last Refuge, can't seem to stay out of trouble. All he really wants to do is hammer a few nails into his ramshackle cottage, drink a great deal of vodka, and hang out with his dog, Eddie. But when a car bomb outside a trendy waterfront restaurant kills a prominent financial consultant, injuring Sam and his lawyer friend, he is drawn into the investigation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • There is a problem with this recording

    • By Lee on 04-05-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 3

    • Head Wounds

    • A Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery
    • By: Chris Knopf
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator and story click

    • By ch on 02-08-11

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 4

    • Hard Stop

    • A Sam Acquillo Mystery
    • By: Chris Knopf
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 69

    After finally achieving some measure of peace and contentment on the tip of Oak Point overlooking the Little Peconic Bay, Sam Acquillo is yet again an accidental player in other people's dramas. It takes him into the world of private security goons, predatory financiers, and lifestyles of young hedonists, some brave, some beautiful, all a bit lost.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Home run

    • By James on 06-10-09

    Regular price: $19.56

  • Book 5

    • Black Swan

    • A Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery
    • By: Chris Knopf
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    Sailing back from Maine, Sam Acquillo, his girlfriend, Amanda Anselma, and screwball mutt Eddie Van Halen get blown off course by a dangerous gale. With damaged boat and frayed nerves, they limp into the closest harbor, which happens to be on Fishers Island, New York, a distant and altogether disassociated scrap of Long Island. A summer preserve for the oldest old money in America, it is defended by year-round denizens who safeguard their island’s insularity with xenophobic fervor. Sam and Amanda are hardly welcomed with open arms....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A clever tale

    • By Grant on 02-07-16

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 6

    • Cop Job

    • The Sam Acquillo Hamptons, Book 6
    • By: Chris Knopf
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    It's bad enough when someone you know is brutally murdered; it's worse when the guy was a paranoid schizophrenic helplessly bound to a wheelchair. Sam Acquillo and Jackie Swaitkowski tried to look after Alfie Aldergreen, as had others around the Village of Southampton, but now they were forced to wonder what else they could have done.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Welcome Back Sam

    • By Philip on 10-06-15

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 7

    • Back Lash

    • The Sam Acquillo Hamptons, Book 7
    • By: Chris Knopf
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    As Sam Acquillo tells us in the early part of Back Lash, "Not everyone gets to live their adult lives orbiting a central mystery." But that's how it's been for Sam, whose entire existence has been defined by a single horrific event. Now that event has reached out from the deep past, an unwanted visitor, and Sam is forced to unpack, like a Russian doll, secrets within secrets, each more ominous than the one before.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series

    • By Amy Metz on 07-01-17

    Regular price: $24.47