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Publisher's Summary

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real-estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven.
John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation. He is partnered with Danny Boyle, a 24-year-old part-time summer cop who doesn't carry a gun and only works with the police by day so he has enough pocket money left over to play with his beach buddies at night.
In the first novel in a new series written in the spirit of Carl Hiaasen's work, the Tilt-a-Whirl murder pushes Ceepak's deep sense of honor and integrity to the limits, as unexpected twists and turns keep the truth spinning wildly in every direction.
©2006 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews



Anthony Award, Best First Mystery, 2006


2006 Anthony Award, Best First Novel
"A fast-paced thrill ride with lots of twists and turns and good writing from start to finish." (James Patterson)
"From page 1, this debut stands out as refreshingly different....an absolute triumph." (Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By L. Haight on 08-30-07

the reader makes this book

I'm a huge fan of crime fiction, legal thrillers, etc., and this book wasn't the most challenging story. But two things made it a great listen for me: the reader was outstanding and the author nailed the entire Jersey Shore -- from the peculiarities and vulgarities of Jerseyans language to the tacky and freewheeling world of beach life. As a native of the area, it was just like being there. This book won't enlighten you or change your life, but it is a good listen and a fine bit of mind candy to pass some hours - maybe while you lay on the beach at the Jersey Shore.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bryan on 12-30-07

A Guilty Pleasure

This was a great book, but not great literature. If you are looking for a sophisticated crime drama with deep meaning this book will not please. It is however a a fast paced read with very likeable characters that catch your interest and create a desire to know what is next. It was the first book in a while that I couldn't wait see what was next and found myself making time to finish listening to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melanie Preston Lewis on 09-04-17

Loved it!

Loved it! I'm totally smitten by John Ceepak, what an awesome character. Together with his partner in crime, Danny Boyle, they're a great double act. I thought the story was clever, and I was getting confused when they seemed to have it all wrapped up about 3 hours into the audio book, when it's an 8 hour story. Well, I wasn't expecting that to happen! No spoilers here, if you want to know you'll have to read/listen to the book yourself. It's worth it and I highly recommend the investment!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 09-23-17

brilliant book

I wasn't sure what I as getting I to she I first started listening to this story, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was a well written book. The narrator really brought the book to life.

with the book itself there were so many twists and turns and red herrings that I didn't see who did it until just before the reveal, with the outcome coming as a complete shock to me.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mari on 05-25-14

Terrific Series

I love this series. This first book is a fun read - not in any way heavy. The two main characters are wonderful especially Ceepak who lives by the honour code. The narrator does a fantastic job. I recommend this book as one to read if you enjoy crime but want a change from the more 'darker' novels.

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