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Two Time (Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery #2)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  183 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Sam Aquillo – 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

Paperback, 261 pages
Published December 30th 2005 by Permanent Press (NY)
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Richard Derus
Jun 08, 2012 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.75* of five

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
Oct 28, 2011 Almeta rated it really liked it
Shelves: dying2read
Sam Acquillo and Eddie are back in Long Island, New York. So are other recognizable characters and a whole new set of thugs, victims, and bizarre cast members.

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
Richard Derus
Aug 02, 2014 Richard Derus rated it liked it
Rating: 3.75* of five

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
Dec 25, 2015 Tasnime rated it liked it
This was actually my first mystery, action book and I am glad my cousin gave it to me because I am now into these genres.
Okay so this took me six months to finish it. SIX MONTHS!
At first it didn't spark my interest, there were long parts in this book where I was just bored and all I wanted it to do was put it down.
But I have to admit that the end satisfied me, I am a huge fan of unexpected endings and fortunately this was the case with 'Two Time'.
Although there were some uninteresting parts, I
Mar 05, 2016 Kat rated it it was amazing
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Feb 07, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-read
I think I may have found a new working class hero for myself. I find Sam Acquillo's disposition and outlook on life appealing and resonant with my own. This story sheds more light on his past as a design/research engineer in the corporate world and his disillusionment with executives who treat people as if they were objects/property. I find Acqullo's cynicism mostly rational and I empathize with his anti-authoritarian tendencies. Flashbacks of his vengeful acts toward his former employers and ex ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Two Time, by Chris Knopf, b-plus, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from

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
TWO TIME (Traditional Mystery/Amateur Sleuth-Sam Acquillo-Long Island, NY-Cont) – G+
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
Denise Dougherty
Chris Knopf was a new author for me and, overall, I enjoyed the audio version of Two Time. Although I can't figure out why the central character, who is not a policeman or PI, is permitted free access to investigate crimes, I went along for the ride anyway. And an interesting ride it was with a surprise ending that the title subtly hints at. The characters are interesting and their relationship to Sam are probably introduced in earlier books. Guess I'll have to investigate further ...

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Mar 08, 2010 Viccy rated it liked it
Sam Acquillo is sitting on the deck of the Windsong Restaurant in East Hampton, waiting for his friend, Jackie. He watches a man get out of his car and start throwing a all for a small dog to chase. He notices Jackie walking up to the restaurant just as the man sits down in his car to answer the ringing cell phone. The car explodes in a hail of debris and Sam is only able to save Jackie by pushing her behind a table he upends. He cannot rescue the other four people sitting on the deck. His polie ...more
Julie Johnson
Jun 14, 2012 Julie Johnson rated it it was amazing
Oh goodness, I read this a while ago, maybe a month or so ago, but forgot to write a review.

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

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
Dec 25, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
I liked this one better than the first one, but start there for the series setup, or you'll miss a lot of context. Sam does less brooding, and more investigating here, with Jackie and Burt playing parts. I'm not keen on Amanda as a love interest, but Knopf seems to avoid sex scenes (yay!), so I can deal with that.

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
Feb 23, 2015 Nancy rated it did not like it
Oct 08, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
The second in the Sam Acquillo Hamptons mystery series and I am hooked.Location,location,quirky characters and good plot twist!
Feb 11, 2014 Lois rated it really liked it
Ex-engineer, ex-boxer, ex-husband Sam Aquillo has gotten involved--a little--in the human race since we saw him last in The Last Refuge. He's doing occasional carpenter work and keeps in touch with cop Joe Sullivan and lawyer Jackie.

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.

Solidly good.
Sep 06, 2010 Grey853 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Nov 24, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing
I just discovered this author recently,and I can't get enough of his books.He has a unique style of writing that is reminiscent of a young Stephen King,and you feel as though you know the characters intimately.Also love the plot twist you can never see coming at the end.
Apr 26, 2014 Myrna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 18, 2014 Šalmovská Bovaziva rated it really liked it
Right now, I am just sitting in the adirondack and sipping an absolut on the rocks, having my mutt next to me and watching the Peconic bay. I just fell in love with Sam and can't wait to discover his other mysteries and adventures.
Mar 01, 2010 Ed added it
I liked quasi-P.I. Sam Acquillo who solves a murder between his construction gigs and playing with his dog Eddie. Great Hampton setting and distinctive hard-boiled voice make this mystery title stand out.
Permanent Press
"Pure gold" - Library Journal
"Strong plotting, solid characters and hard-boiled dialogue worthy of Elmore Leonard or John D. McDonald." - Publishers Weekly
May 19, 2011 Lark rated it liked it
I listened to this on the treadmill. I think I would have liked it better if I had just read it. It took too long to get through.
Mar 30, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
Good mystery, quirky protagonist.
Nov 24, 2008 Kerrie rated it really liked it
3rd hope not last i loved these character each book you learn more about them!
Mar 10, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this author! Great humor and dialogue, and complex plots.
Mar 24, 2010 Katie rated it did not like it
Couldn't get past page 20. It just didn't catch my interest.
Kathy Mcdonald
Second book in the series.
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