Dover Beach (The Last P.I. Series, Book 1)

Dover Beach (The Last P.I. Series, Book 1)

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by Richard Bowker
     
 

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In an America broken by a "limited" nuclear war, no one has use for would-be private eye Wally Sands. No one except for Dr. Charles Winfield, an eccentric scientist who believes he was cloned from a prominent biochemist as part of a top-secret project undertaken before the war.

Sands sets out to find Winfield's mysterious progenitor, but finds himself on the

Overview

In an America broken by a "limited" nuclear war, no one has use for would-be private eye Wally Sands. No one except for Dr. Charles Winfield, an eccentric scientist who believes he was cloned from a prominent biochemist as part of a top-secret project undertaken before the war.

Sands sets out to find Winfield's mysterious progenitor, but finds himself on the trail of a killer instead.

Now, in far-away, fabled England, Sands must uncover the facts about the case that has brought him to his promised land, and at the same time confront the unsettling truth about his world, his life, and his loyalties.

A story of love and betrayal, life and death, the future and the past. A story that will make you laugh, make you cry—and make you think.

AWARDS:
Philip K. Dick Award, Finalist

REVIEWS:
"A wry, ingratiating story." ~Publisher's Weekly

"A hard science fiction, medium-boiled detective story that succeeds in both fields... kept me guessing right up to the end." ~Aboriginal Science Fiction

"Humanist science fiction of a high order." ~Locus

THE LAST P.I., in series order
Dover Beach
The Distance Beacons
Where All The Ladders Start

OTHER TITLES by Richard Bowker
Senator
Summit
Replica
Pontiff

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614173700
Publisher:
ePublishing Works!
Publication date:
11/26/2012
Series:
The Last P.I. Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
82,482
File size:
785 KB

Meet the Author

Critically acclaimed author Richard Bowker has published a variety of novels including science fiction, mysteries and thrillers. When he isn't writing, Richard enjoys offering thoughts on writing, reading and learning at www.richardbowker.com

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Dover Beach 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...in a long time. This was my first book by Mr. Bowker, but it won't be my last. Unpretentious, well written fun. Effortlessly realized characters who inhabit an engaging, imaginative story. You don't have to be a fan of the noir detective genre to enjoy this book, but for those who are, it will be a real treat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This post WW III nuclear war on the United States was a free Friday book with 240 pages. The editing was actually pretty good. The book was published in 2012. As soon as the story starts it jumps into post war conditions without any back ground details at all. There needed to be a prolog or something. It was hard to figure out what had occured and the the author never did say where, why or who bombed the U.S. This book is strange and confusing. It was violent and there is sex, child and animal abuse. There is a rather weird religious man. The story jumps around a lot, it does not have a good flow. I did not like the way the author seemed to always be putting down the United States. The characters were odd, unrealistic and flat. I did not like any of them. What few sub plots created, were never carried through with. It was hard for me to finish this book. I wanted to know how the conclusion was done, I should have expected the below par ending because it fit so well with the rest of the book. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a weird book. It started out almost as if missing half of it or it was part 2 in a series. You just felt lost like they were talking about things that happened and you werent a part of it. There was no explanation for anything, while the premise might have been good, a little more explanation would have made this book much better. As is, it sucked. Woild not recommend at all. Terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed reading this book. The writing style was easy to relate to and the characters had a realness to them that was very refreshing. I love books written about how a society survives after war and the author did a great job explaining the mood of the aftermath. I also appreciate that he didn't have people being held as prisoners by some thrown together street gangs, that seems to be a plot that comes up way too frenquently. It makes more sense that most people would go out on their own or team up with one or two other people. I will be buying more of his books.
JaniD More than 1 year ago
I pass by so many selections offered on Free Fridays, but I'm so glad I chose "Dover Beach".  About 50 pages into the book I dashed to the computer to see what else Richard Bowker had written.  Why didn't I know who this guy was?  I ordered "The Distance Beacons" and went back to reading "Dover Beach".  Mr. Bowker is a clever, clever man.  No, he won't feed you everything.  He allows your own brain to fill in the blanks. I didn't even care how it ended, I just wanted to see what Walter Sands would do next.  The third book in the series is forthcoming.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot develops slowly, but the characters are well defined from the beginning. As others have written, I would have prefered some historical background. I'm puzzled by the review citing sex and child abuse. There were no explicit details of sexual activity, and no episodes of child abuse. I do object to the obscene language and the profane use of "Jesus Christ", a name held sacred by many However there was no profane use of Buddha, Mohammad, s
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't even finish it---did not keep my interest
rgh1960 More than 1 year ago
A great read!  Interesting characters in a well-written story that held my interest to the end. I enjoyed it and intend to look for more books by  Richard Bowker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe I picked this up as a free Friday selection. A future "sy-fy" detective story. Fairly enjoyable although some parts I just didn't get, like Walter's insomnia. Some parts just a little too unreal. Perhaps if I'd read the 1st of the series in advance.....???? I believe the original copyright was in the late 1980's and 260 approx. pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick, captivating read. I enjoyed the premise and the way it was presented. Just the right touches of tragedy and comedy. I would have liked a little more fleshing out of the characters and history detail but all in all a very good book. I was sad when it ended as I was enjoying it so much. I'll definitely look for more by this author.
prospectorBW More than 1 year ago
Nicely done,holds interest and maintains suspense.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Harley is here, meh peeps.
Anonymous 3 months ago
The guests sat happily on stools drinking beer, expensive wine and unique sodas. The bartender waves to the new guests as he pours an order into a glass. An upbeat song plays overhead.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Ish here.
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Is here
Anonymous 3 months ago
Here xD? Brb smol potato
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Didn't love it, but sure enjoyed the last sixty or so pages.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This had plenty of potential. I could not get over the language however. I was only beginning the 3rd short chapter with numerous "F" words. It totally turned me off the the entire story. I did not finish and will be deleting it from my device. I am not interested in any more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
swearing, didn't even read to see if a good story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this by accident (I think it was a free book).  Loved the story and the dystopia.  I'll be happy to at least start the sequel! I was amused that the "Frenzy" destroyed MIT but not Northeastern.   I am an academic at a state university, and (unfortunately) I do fear that the current "college for everyone" model for the future of our economy is idiotic (and I am a liberal democrat and basically approve of President Obama). His take on the future of suburbia (a minor detail of the background color of the book) impressed me.  It made me wonder whether he had read the deep critique of suburbia by such folks as James Howard Kunstler.
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