Two Time (Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery #2)
All Sam wants to do is hammer a few nails into his ramshackle cottage, drink a great deal of vodka, hang out with his dog, Eddie, and stay out of trouble. But trouble seems to find him anyway. When a car bomb outside a trendy waterfront...more
The Book Report: Sam Acquillo, “retired” (fired for beating up a Fortune 500 stooge who wanted Sam to do unethical stuff) engineer turned curmudgeonly champion of the abused, is back. He's still licking his psychic wounds from The Last Refuge, where his problem-solving skills were used to bring some justice to the world of Southampton Town's unfashionable Bay-side Oak Point. Amanda, the cause of his suffering, owes him her freedom from the workaday world and a husband she di ...more
The Publisher Says: Sam Acquillo – ex-boxer, ex-corporate executive and accidental hero of The Last Refuge – is back in this action-packed, page-turning sequel. All Sam wants to do is hammer a few nails into his ramshackle cottage, drink a great deal of vodka, hang out with his dog, Eddie, and stay out of trouble. But trouble seems to find him anyway. When a car bomb outside a trendy waterfront restaurant kills a prominent financial consultant and injures Sam and his lawyer ...more
Eddie is fairly low key this time. He is still shagging balls, but Sam must be bored of talking about it. Still his behavior with the Shih Tzu, during his boat excursion and his fickleness when a treat is around, is all canine.
Chris Knopf knows how to tell a good story. Sailing in Little Peconic Bay, I could hear the flap of the canvas and ...more
This is the second in the Sam Acquillo series. Sam, who used to box, who was an engineer and a corporate executive, and who is now retired on Long Island, finds himself again entangled in a mystery. He is waiting for his friend, Jackie, the lawyer from the first book, at a trendy restaurant when a car pulls up with a man and a dog. They both get out and the man starts throwing ...more
Knopf, Chris – 2nd in series
The Permanent Press, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 1579621295
First Sentence: Sometimes at sunset over the East End of Long Island God plays artist, spraying pinky red paint all over the sky.
*** Sam Acquillo is a retired engineer and ex-boxer living in East Hampton, Long Island. While at a restaurant, Sam sees a man, financial consultant, get into his car, answer his cell phone and be fire ...more
This whole series is awesome. The first book moves a bit slow to start, but the characters are fantastic and some of the descriptions read like poetry. The setting almost acts like another character, it has that much presence.
This series is very character driven, not just plot, plot, plot all the time. But the pleasure is with the characters, they are very real, very quirky, just awesome. They start to f ...more
This was my first Christ Knopf book, and chances are it will be my last. I have no problem with philosophizing in a mystery, so long as the person doing it can actually philosophize. Mostly the plot was thin, although interesting, and the gaps filled in with front porch philosophy that didn't quit hit the mark.
The setting is Long Island, the descriptions of the island and it's many facets was interesting, I'll give him that. When the plot was unfolding it was interesting, but there were just too ...more
A quibble: part of the "resolution" involves access to census records implied to be from the 1960s/70s or so. Ummm ... when this book went to press everything after 1930 was completely ...more
He's meeting Jackie for a drink actually, when they nearly die in an explosion, which sets Sam to find out who killed the guy in the car bomb that also wiped out part of a bar.