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Don't Look Twice (Ty Hauck #2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,224 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
In this dramatic new novel following the bestselling The Dark Tide, a drive-by shooting rocks the posh suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut, and an innocent bystander is left dead.

Detective Ty Hauck plunges into what seems like a vicious case of retribution and follows the trail to a sinister gambling scheme at an upstate casino. Until Annie Fletcher, a young restaurateur in t
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Katherine Adams
Since Andrew Gross has a solid fan base, (especially since he co-authored books with James Patterson), I feel less guilty "commenting" on his work.

Simply put, "Don't Look Twice" doesn't even qualify as a good beach read. The plot is well-described by the publisher. Detective Ty Hauck and his teenage daughter are grabbing an ice cream cone when a barrage of bullets takes out the store's window, missing them, but killing the the guy standing behind Hauck in line.

Was Hauck the target? The owner o
Jul 20, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much like his mentor, Gross provides a readable, entertaining read

Much like his mentor James Patterson, Andrew Gross has written a readable crime novel with plenty of twists and turns, lots of personal stuff thrown in and written in a pleasant, accessible style.

Don't Look Twice: A Novel is the second in a series about Ty Hauck but you do not have to have read the first to follow what's going on in this installment. The story is chock full of short chapters and the trail is complicated, but no
Terri Lynn
I have to say that I didn't like the second Ty Hauck book in this series as much as I enjoyed the first one.

In this book, police detective Ty Hauck is in a convenience store with his 13 year old daughter Jess when a truck comes howling up and opens fire on the store. A federal lawyer is left dead in this town where these things just don't happen. Ty's daughter isn't hurt but is taken to the local hospital to be drugged for having seen the incident and her mother, Ty's exwife, comes to pick her
Mar 24, 2009 J.C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads, arc
Good Story; but Nothing Groundbreaking.

Brief Synopsis:
Lieutenant Ty Hauck was with his daughter at a gas station when a drive by shooting occurred. What first appears to be revenge by a local gang is slowly uncovered as a deeper conspiracy. Lt. Hauck is told to back off and let it be; but Lt. Hauck cannot accept that and digs deeper and deeper as the book unfolds.

Overall Impressions:
DON'T LOOK TWICE is a fairly standard murder mystery thriller. At times, the plot is all over the place, with deta
An appropriate title for this book would be YOUR STANDARD THRILLER--NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS. Gross knows how to assemble a decent story, but his authorial apprenticeship under James Patterson has left him with all sorts of atrocious writing habits we can only hope he'll someday outgrow. Like Patterson, Gross employs ultra-short chapters, one-dimensional characters, and Harlequin-style romance. Perhaps worse, whenever his characters converse, they refer to each other by name in almost every li ...more
Micah Robinson
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The latest from Gross (a former co-author of James Patterson), continues his work with Ty Hauck a cop in Greenwich who witnesses the gunning down of a US attorney. Its a tidy little thriller that you can while your time away, but its fairly pat and predictable.
Dec 19, 2014 Sharon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, 2014-reads
Just didn't hold my interest.
Oct 22, 2011 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series involving Ty Hauck by the author Andrew Gross. At the end of DARK TIDE, Ty had become involved romantically with one of the key players in his investigation. In the new novel, he ends that relationship, and hooks up with another woman who is a witness to a crime which is fundamental to his inquiry. The new novel begins with Ty and his daughter at a convenience store one morning, and while standing in line to pay for their purchases, the store is sprayed with automa ...more
Apr 05, 2009 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book's focus was totally off but yet it was good quick read. It was confusing and had a lot of twists and turns. The whole first part of the book you think it's about one thing like a revenge murder or gangs then midle of the book you are thinking it's gambling then the end of the book it switches focus abruptly. I'm real unsure of what the author was thinking and why the editor didn't rein him in a little bit. However, I can say that I like how the book is set up with short quick chapters. ...more
Sep 17, 2011 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this book as much as his first two, particularly the first (The Blue Zone). This is the second in a series featuring Lieutenant Hauck, a detective with the Greenwich, CT police department. Without giving anything away, this novel involves government corruption, corruption in a casino, and a whole host of bad guys whom Hauck pursues relentlessly. It also introduces a new love interest for the detective. While the story line was interesting enough to keep me reading, it seemed to tak ...more
Greenwich, Connecticut police detective Tyler Hauck and his daughter are planning an afternoon out on his boat. On the way, they stop at a convenience store. While waiting in the check out line, the storefront is sprayed by bullets fired from a car driving by. The man in line behind the Hauck's is killed and Tyler's daughter is injured. Tyler immediately begins a search for the perpetrators. What appears to be a random drive by shooting turns into an intricate web of secrets, lies, corruption, a ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Andrew Gross obviously learned at the elbow of James Patterson. A lot of noise without much story. A new chapter every few paragraphs. The book is capable enough as a distraction but the audio version was hampered by incongruous choices. For example, Ty and his brother sound like they were raised not only in different households but in different neighborhoods. Some of the plot makes no sense, Ty is the most guileless lieutenant in the history of the force, and, what a surprise!, there's a giant ...more
D.F. Haley
I really liked Gross' first Ty Hauck book, but this one left me much less fulfilled. It seemed more of a buffet (a little of this conspiracy, a little of that romance, a little of this parental pathos, a little of that sex, a bit of murder here & there) than a full meal. Many little themes that reoccur in his other books are surfaced but not resolved at all; thinking for instance about children with disabilities, broken families, ordinary people living close by to extreme wealth, etc.). I lo ...more
Nick Schroeder
May 22, 2016 Nick Schroeder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stan Usher
Apr 05, 2016 Stan Usher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. The plotline gets a little convoluted near the end, but still ties most things up. Not sure if I like Ty Hauck as a character though. If you read the first book, you know he got together with Karen in that........well in this book, Karen is looking after her dad, and instead of waiting for her, Ty first of all jumps into bed with a blackjack dealer, then ends up with another woman involved in this particular case! He just says to her about Karen "that is over".......well unless I miss ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Del rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Largely formula writing which incorporates a boring conspiracy plot, the pervasiveness of which would tax most reader's credulity. Be they good guys or bad, the characters in the book are walking cliches, by and large. We are informed that the main character, Detective Hauck, is 'worshiped' by his partner and I guess the reader is supposed to worship him too but many of his decisions and actions are just dumb like his penchant for making promises about outcomes not within his personal power to c ...more
Don't Look Twice starts with a bang, or rather a lot of bangs, leading to the death of a store customer. Detective Ty Hauck is right in the line of fire when it happens. Theories are quickly produced and then shot down as other people start to die. It all morphs into a march larger case of political corruption.

The story kind of bogged down for a while in the middle as the author moved his chess pieces around the board. The final third of the book is a barn-burner that was hard to put down!

I wa
Dec 08, 2015 ATreads rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"A vase of hydrangeas in a vase brightened the entrance."

Yes, that is an actual sentence in this book. Either there's a kind of vase that fits in another vase, or someone mailed it in on the editing. While it is tempting to call the writing quality "awful," that would probably be hyperbole. Let's just say it's not good.

Not to mention the whole plot is full of cliches and campy dialogue and contrived romantic angles. The climax is not climactic. There are enough violations of the "Show don't tell
John Reas
Feb 11, 2015 John Reas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the series of crime novels written by Andrew Gross with his protagonist, police detective of the Greenwich, Connecticut police. The story opens with a near attempt on his and his daughter's life at a convenience store and from there takes the reader through an intricate conspiracy web of fraud at the state and national government level. Written during the period of the scandals engulfing the nation during the Iraq war involving contractors such as Blackwater, this story wil ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read...but in my opinion not as good as the first. Now the first book really hit home in the early chapters and I felt instantly connected (see my review of The Dark Tide). This one didn't connect me instantly...but that's understandable. I had an emotional attachment to the first book. I also found it quite complex at times. Lots of characters and I couldn't quite understand who was who and what the big plot was. Even having finished it I am still not sure if I am honest if I understand ...more
Katie Boyden
I did enjoy this book on the whole, but the author's use of ellipses was a little over the top and unnecessary; having '...' at the end of every other sentence made the story annoying to follow, as did the overuse and seemingly random placement of italics. The character of Hauck was almost bipolar in the way sometimes his "well of rage" (what even is that analogy omg) was overflowing and sometimes his eyes were misting up every two pages.
I didn't feel like the big conspiracy was resolved at the
I would say this is a 2 1/2 star book. I'm not positive if it is the narrator or the script but this just did not hold my attention. Yes there were some good parts but nothing outstanding. Hauck seemed to be a good guy, but pretty willing to fool around on someone he was terrified was moving away from him. He loved his daughter but appeared to do little to spend time with her. His job was everything and he was willing to risk all for it - but dropped it fairly quickly when the right money was of ...more
Toni Osborne
Book2, in the Lieutenant Ty Hauck series

This is the author's follow up to "The Dark Tide", its storyline is captivating enough although heavy on old clichés and a touch formulaic in style. It nevertheless has some of the elements to make it a page turner and leave most satisfied and happy.

This story opens with a bang and keeps a steady pace throughout. It starts one morning with Ty and his daughter waiting in line at the cash of an Exxon station when out of the blue a drive by shooter sprays t
Jun 11, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First since this was an audiobook, let me review that part, and next I will get to the actual book content. Don't Look Twice was read by Christian Hoff, who I don't believe I have listened to before. Christian Hoff is a good reader, he used enough different voices/accents so that I could tell the people apart without much thought. The production is well-done and this audiobook does one thing that I just recently realized is very important to me. They use music at the beginning and end of each di ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder, greed and corruption in Greenwich..., March 8, 2009

This review is from: Don't Look Twice: A Novel (Hardcover)

This novel was a fun page turner that kept me guessing most of the way through. The plot has some depth and the story was interesting even though the characters were quite stereotypical of thrillers involving detectives, murder, gambling, crooked government and the requisite love interest. Along the way is the building body count, and the reader learns quickly
May 02, 2010 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detective Ty Hauck and his daughter Jessie stop by an Exxon station to pick up a few supplies before heading out for a day on Ty’s boat. A truck pulls up and riddles the station with bullets. Ty is able to keep Jessie safe but the man standing next to them is dead. The man killed is a federal prosecutor named David Sanger.

The shooter abandoned the truck not far from the station. When the police discovered the truck, a newspaper clipping is found inside that led the police to think the shooting w
Fast-paced whodunnit and emotional, but plot twists rather predictable.

Ty and his daughter, Jessie, are at the gas station, stocking up on fuel and supplies before taking the boat out for its final voyage of the year. While standing in line, a red truck slams to a stop outside and bullets start flying. Ty got a look at the shooter, and a partial plate, but when he turns to see if everyone’s alright, Jessie is unconscious and covered in blood. Ty flashes back to when Norah, his other daughter, wa
Jan 23, 2013 Mari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

E' un giorno come tanti a Greenwich nel Connecticut e il detective Ty Hauck sta facendo un po' di spese con sua figlia in un emporio pachistano pregustando già la gita in barca che hanno organizzato. All'improvviso un uomo apre il fuoco all'interno del negozio uccidendo una persona. Tutto avviene velocemente, lo stridore assordante del furgone, gli spari, le grida, la paura per sua figlia. Ty non sa spiegare l'accaduto, sembrerebbe un regolamento di conti, ma la vittima non è una persona qualsia
Teresa in Ohio
Aug 01, 2009 Teresa in Ohio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gross-andrew
Gross starts out the book with a bang and it just accerlates to the middle when it seemed he hit the brakes and then found the gas pedal for an explosive ending. Ty the local police chief is out on a weekend visit with his daughter when a drive by shooting happens at the Exxon where they are shopping. There are a couple possibilites of who the intended target or motive for the shooting could be. For a while we are following one trail, when aburptly a new idea is introduced. A few things happen w ...more
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