A Leprechaun's Lament
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A Leprechaun's Lament

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stipulation of the Patriot Act gave Chief Sam Jenkins an easy job; investigate all the civilians working for the Prospect Police Department. But what looked like a routine chore to the gritty ex-New York detective, turned into a nightmare. Preliminary inquiries reveal a middle-aged employee didn't exist prior to 1975. Murray McGuire spent the second half of his life repair...more
Hardcover, first, 285 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Iconic Publishing
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Tom Bradley
There’s a common piece of wisdom that suggests authors should “write what you know.” Whether this is sound advice in general is debatable, but Wayne Zurl—a retired police detective from the New York metro area who resides in east Tennessee—uses what he knows to full effect in the police procedural/mystery, A Leprechaun’s Lament.

One in a series of novels featuring Sam Jenkins, a retired New York police detective—hmm—now heading the department in the small east Tennessee—hmm—town of Prospect, the...more
Amy Metz
If you like mysteries, you'll love Wayne Zurl's newest book, A Leprechaun's Lament. Wayne is a former police officer who uses real cases from his past and spices them up with a little fiction to make great stories. Wayne creates great characters, but Sam Jenkins, his main character, is slicker than grease off a barbeque biscuit.

Sam doesn't get the retirement he envisions when he moves to the small town of Prospect, Tennessee. In A Leprechaun's Lament, his retirement is short-lived when he become...more
Maureen Timerman
Chief Sam Jenkins a thoroughly enjoyable and loveable character...he is in charge of the Prospect Police Department in TN. What an adventure you begin from the start of the book to the very end! He is engaging and a people's person...and loves his wife! Love how he flirts in a comforting way...others would have gotten in trouble!
What begins as an innocent request for funds under the Patriot Act...a security check on employees, ends up as an international killer being loose in TN. Murray McGuire...more
Paula Ratcliffe
Who would have thought something as simple as building up the Prospect Police Department would lead to phone calls to the F.B.I, C.I.A, and other high profile government buildings both here, England and Ireland. When Murray McGuire who basically has no identity prior to 1975 and it's up to Sam Jenkins to find out what is up with the Irish lad, which leads to learning about the I.R.A and how Murray squeeled and was sent stateside to disappear but his past seems to have caught up with him when he...more
This is the first book that I have read in the Sam Jenkins Mysteries and I really enjoyed it. The characters were believable and entertaining. I enjoyed getting to know that members of the Prospect PD and the people of Prospect, TN.

The story begins with Chief Sam Jenkins, and members of his staff, doing background checks on the city's employees who interact with the police department. Once he starts looking into them, he starts to find that things don't add up with one particular employee, Murr...more
Sharon Michael
My first book by this author but not the last. Good characters with an excellent feel of the area, both the region and the people. Very authentic presentation of a small town police department and the personalities and politics behind the scenes.

Interesting plot that moved along well, with an international twist that wasn't too much of a leap of faith and the lines of investigation made sense. The solid personality of the main character, presented as a retired and experienced law enforcement off...more
A Leprechaun’s Lament is the second Sam Jenkins mystery by Wayne Zurl I’ve read. I expected it to be an enjoyable story and it was. Light, funny at times, a bit of danger, just an overall good read.

Kathleen Kelly
A Leprechaun's Lament is another fine example of the books by Wayne Zurl. I read the first book in the Sam Jenkin's mystery series last year and loved it. I figured the second book would be just as good, I was not disappointed. Sam is a former New York detective who retired from police work only to be lured back into it to be Chief of the police force in small town, New Prospect in Tennessee. So Sam and his wife and dog relocate and instead of living a life of adventure and travel, Sam is back i...more
Sixty-year old retired New York City Police Detective Sam Jenkins and wife Katherine pack up their belongings and Scottish terrier Bitsey, and relocate to the Great Smoky Mountain small town of Prospect, Tennessee. But Sam's retirement is short lived when he becomes the town's next Chief of Police. With three months under his belt as Prospect's Chief of Police, Sam's police department is approved a grant under the Patriot Act to conduct background investigations on all civilian employees who wor...more
When Police Chief Sam Jenkins secures funding through the Patriot Act to investigate all of the citizens who work for the Prospect Police Department, he figures it's easy money and a quick job. But when he and his officers try to piece together the background of Murray McGuire, who has been the office equipment repairman for many years, they find themselves completely stumped. And when Murray turns up dead, they really have their work cut out for them.

In A Leprechaun's Lament, Wayne Zurl brings...more
Nancy Silk
"A Totally Enthralling Detective Mystery"

This is the first book I've read by retired Long Island Police Detective, now Author, Wayne Zurl. He writes in the first person and I love his cliches and personality as the main character, Sam Jenkins. As Chief of Police of Prospect, Tennessee, Sam is looking for some grant money from the local Office of Homeland Security. Soon, the mayor calls him to his office and informs him that he has received his grant money, so Sam, like a good official, meets the...more
Prospect Police Department Chief Sam Jenkin has been conducting background checks on all department employees using funding from the Patriot Act. He find that Murrary McGuire, their middle-age office equipment repair man for nearly thirty years, didn't exist before 1975. Murrary has no background records to find. Then he is murdered and the Chief finds a British passport. Before you know it, the FBI, CIA, and British Intelligence, Irish Garda, and a beautiful Irish Republican Army woman have the...more
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Wayne Zurl worked as a police officer for twenty years and retired from New York to East Tennessee. In 2006 he began to write crime fiction. Seven of his novelettes have been published as audio books and Kindle books. In January 2011, his first novel, A NEW PROSPECT, will be published in book form. The story follows the adventures of an ex-New York detective who finds a job as police chief in a sm...more
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