The Last Refuge : Sam Acquillo

  • by Chris Knopf
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • Series: Sam Acquillo
  • 11 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A good read (listen)

This is an engaging book. Though I don't usually go for books about contrary "dropouts" this one is told with good humor mixed in with a little self doubt and romance to keep it interesting. It's not hard to guess the whodunit part, but I found it a good companion nevertheless.
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- Daniel

Way too slow

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.
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- Pamela "PW"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.