The Last Refuge: Sam Acquillo Mystery Series, Book 1
Available in Canada for the first time – a compelling debut from a fresh new voice in crime fiction.
Sam Acquillo’s at the end of the line. A middle-aged corporate dropout living in his dead parents’ ramshackle cottage in the Hamptons, Sam has abandoned his friends, family and a big-time career to sit on his porch, drink vodka and stare at the Little Peconic Bay. But when t
SETTING: Southampton, NY
SERIES: #1 of 4
An excellent debut introduces 52-year-old ex-engineer Sam Acquillo. When he finds his neighbor dead, he takes it upon himself to settle her estate and address the questions that come up. Acquillo is an interesting character, a loner but loyal to his friends, and aided by a wonderful dog, Eddie. Setting is extremely well done. Looks like this series has some good bones.
I can picture the scenery; in fact that photograph of the house on the cover MUST be Sam's.
His berserker behavior when settling his divorce was a riot. Warning: Disillusioned couples...nail everything down!!!
Sam is a perfect drop-out, BUT Eddie, Sam's dog, steals the show.
This was his life for about four years until one day as he was out walking he noticed a terrible sme ...more
The Good: Sam IS an interesting character despite what some people might say because he is conflicted. And conflict makes me read for a resolution.
The Bad: I can't be sure but I think there might have been a better way to present the conflicted Sam. More an issue of how the backstory was woven - a bit choppy, thus distracting. But I like his tormented soul an so I bore down and focused through it to l ...more
The plot of the story is interesting, and not frustratingly or wildly contrived. The crimes and their commission, as well as the actions taken by the main character, Sam ...more
Sam Acquillo's not a particularly nice guy for a hero, not safe, not easygoing. But he already seems ver ...more
The plot itself is similar to another book I read recently, There Was an Old Woman, by Hallie Ephron--old ladies in danger in a neglected neighborhood of New York. In Ephron's book, it's in the Bronx, a fictional neighborhood where the East River meets the Long Island Sound where a natural wetland with marsh and lagoons survives today In The Last Refuge, written years before Ephron's, it's a ...more
Knopf, Chris – 1st book
The Permanent Press, 2005- US Hardcover – ISBN: 157962118X
*** Sam Acquillo is unemployed; living on what money is left from his invention after his divorce, drinks too much and lives in a ramshackle cottage in Southampton, Long Island. He has also inherited the care of his elderly neighbor, Regina Broadhurst, and her house from his father. When Sam finds Regina dead in her bathtub he doesn’t believe it’s an accident and be ...more
Sam Acquillo is burned out. He has moved into the house he inherited from his parents and has no plans to pursue anything in the future. He was a boxer, and an engineer high in his corporation. He gave it all up. Then his next-door extremely obnoxious neighbor, an old lady, ends up dead floating in her bathtub and he finds the body. The police want to write it off as acciden ...more
Now to explain that. The book was intriguing. The plot was sound, but a little transparent. The dialog was excellent. The filler was... filler. Bad, long, drawn out, makes you want to skip a few pages filler. It actually puzzled me and made me put the book down several times and just walk away. How could somebody who writes such good dialog, make the back story and some of the side informa ...more
I don't read a lot of books that I would describe as very masculine and noir-- the brooding loner, alcoholic narrator prone to getting into fights-- and at first I thought this might not be the book for me. I usually prefer a different kind of mystery. But I have to say, this TOTALLY suc ...more
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