For Whom the Minivan Rolls (Aaron Tucker Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Aaron Tucker isn?t a detective. An aspiring screenwriter, freelance reporter, stay-at-home dad, and expert on consumer electronics, Aaron actually defies all traditional characteristics of a detective. He?s 5?4,? and weighs less than Robert B. Parker?s leather jacket. And he doesn?t have any investigative training. But he?s funny, down-to-earth, lovable, and resourceful. He has good and loyal friends, like Jeff Mahoney, the huge rental car mechanic who helps him out of tight situations, and Abigail Stein, his ...
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For Whom the Minivan Rolls (Aaron Tucker Series #1)

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Overview

Aaron Tucker isn’t a detective. An aspiring screenwriter, freelance reporter, stay-at-home dad, and expert on consumer electronics, Aaron actually defies all traditional characteristics of a detective. He’s 5’4,” and weighs less than Robert B. Parker’s leather jacket. And he doesn’t have any investigative training. But he’s funny, down-to-earth, lovable, and resourceful. He has good and loyal friends, like Jeff Mahoney, the huge rental car mechanic who helps him out of tight situations, and Abigail Stein, his sexy wife, who happens to be a successful criminal lawyer, and whose advice comes in handy a time or two.

So he’s baffled when the richest guy in his New Jersey town, Gary Beckwirth, insists that Aaron, and Aaron alone, investigate the disappearance of his wife, Mary Beckwirth, who has inexplicably vanished from their home in the middle of the night.

Aaron refuses Gary’s desperate pleas, but once the editor of the town newspaper offers Aaron $1000 to write the story on Mary’s disappearance, Aaron finds himself agreeing to investigate, despite his lack of investigative reporting experience.

Aaron, however, becomes frustrated at his attempts to solve this kidnapping case when he discovers Gary’s unwillingness to cooperate in any part of Aaron’s investigation. But he soon finds that the more he uncovers, the more complicated—and bizarre—the story becomes. An unknown miscreant scrawls a disturbing epithet about Aaron’s young son on the sidewalk outside their home—in barbecue sauce. Anonymous death threats are phoned in to him. A mysterious minivan seems to be lurking everywhere he travels, but then again, everyone in Midland Heights owns a mysterious minivan. Next, he becomes entangled in the town’s mayoral election. And one day, out of the blue, Mary Beckwirth calls to tell Aaron to stop investigating.

But then the missing person investigation becomes a case of murder. And Aaron is the one who finds the dead body. After writing this homicide story for the newspaper, Aaron finds himself shunned by the community: his editor refuses to give him more stories, the police tell him to back away from the investigation, Milt Ladowski—Gary Beckwirth’s attorney—vehemently denies Aaron access to Gary. So what does Aaron do? He plunges head-first into his own investigation on the kidnapping and homicide of Mary Beckwirth.

In For Whom The Minivan Rolls, author Jeffrey Cohen weaves an elaborate, can’t-guess-it-till-the-end plot with delightful, wacky, real-world characters, using Suburbia USA as the perfect backdrop.
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Editorial Reviews

Mystery Ink, The Booklover's Guide to Mysteries and Thrillers
“There are some writers who get so little attention that there ought to be a law against it. Jeffrey Cohen is just such an author. How this book escaped my notice until now, I'll never know. It is, without a doubt, my find of the month. If I had a trumpet, I'd play a fanfare! For Whom the Minivan Rolls is a delightfully zany first novel in a new series featuring one of the most endearing amateur detectives ever."
Michael Levine
“Author Jeffrey Cohen has written a sly, entertaining mystery whose twist-laden plot will truly puzzle and entertain. The voice of his protagonist, Aaron Tucker, is unique and delightful. And above all, his Minivan is immensely funny.” (MICHAEL LEVINE IS A HOLLYWOOD PUBLICIST AND BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF 12 BOOKS)
Larry Gelbart
“Jeff Cohen's Minivan rolls merrily along—accent on the merrily. Mr. Cohen's ideas on marriage and murder (often cut from two ends of the same bolt) are wise, wicked, and witty. Surprisingly tender, too, regarding the responsibilities and trials of being a parent—fathering a delightful book in the process.” (LARRY GELBART IS THE SCREENWRITER OF M*A*S*H, TOOTSIE, OH, GOD!, BEDAZZLED, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, BARBARIANS AT THE GATE, ETC.)
Meg Chittenden
“Self-doubting Aaron Tucker is a lot of fun—wisecracking, irreverent, but also endearing, someone you can imagine living in your neighborhood, next door even. Vividly written with a great deal of humor and wit, For Whom the Minivan Rolls is a highly entertaining story, the first of a series that holds a lot of promise." (MARGARET “MEG” CHITTENDEN IS THE AUTHOR OF DEAD MEN DON'T DANCE, DYING TO SEE YOU, HOW TO WRITE YOUR NOVEL, AND A SLEW OF OTHER BOOKS)
Michael Levine
“Author Jeffrey Cohen has written a sly, entertaining mystery whose twist-laden plot will truly puzzle and entertain. The voice of his protagonist, Aaron Tucker, is unique and delightful. And above all, his Minivan is immensely funny.” --MICHAEL LEVINE, HOLLYWOOD PUBLICIST AND BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF 12 BOOKS
Larry Gelbart
“Jeff Cohen's Minivan rolls merrily along—accent on the merrily. Mr. Cohen's ideas on marriage and murder (often cut from two ends of the same bolt) are wise, wicked, and witty. Surprisingly tender, too, regarding the responsibilities and trials of being a parent—fathering a delightful book in the process.” --LARRY GELBART, SCREENWRITER (M*A*S*H, TOOTSIE, OH, GOD!, BEDAZZLED, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, BARBARIANS AT THE GATE, ETC.)
Meg Chittenden
“Self-deprecating, self-doubting Aaron Tucker is a lot of fun—wisecracking, irreverent, but also endearing, someone you can imagine living in your neighborhood, next door even. Vividly written with a great deal of humor and wit, For Whom the Minivan Rolls is a highly entertaining story, the first of a series that holds a lot of promise." --MARGARET “MEG” CHITTENDEN, AUTHOR, DEAD MEN DON'T DANCE, DYING TO SEE YOU, HOW TO WRITE YOUR NOVEL, AND A SLEW OF OTHER BOOKS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890862817
  • Publisher: Bancroft Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2002
  • Series: Aaron Tucker Series, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 27,697
  • File size: 284 KB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Cohen started life as poor street urchin, orphaned and taken in by a gang of pickpockets led by an older man named Fagin. No, wait. That's someone else, entirely.

In reality, Cohen was born in Newark, NJ during a certain year, and grew (more or less) up in Irvington, NJ, otherwise known as the Garden Spot of the Western Hemisphere.

After a childhood of normal duration, Cohen attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, so as to maintain a record of never having left the Garden State for more than two weeks at a time, something which has never been equaled (or attempted) by anyone else. He studied English (when actually attending classes and not lounging at the student newspaper office), but decided to work as a journalist anyway.

Finding work of a sort at the Passaic Herald-News, he served as a municipal reporter for well over six months, establishing new lows in news gathering, but managing, in his final work for the newspaper, to quote Chico Marx.

Following a hideous foray into public relations, Cohen eventually became a trade journalist, covering the consumer electronics business until someone told him to stop.

Since 1985, he has been a freelance reporter and writer, writing for such publications as The New York Times, TV Guide, USA Weekend, Premiere, American Baby and The Newark Star-Ledger, among many others.

He is also the author of more than 20 feature-length screenplays, some of which are actually good. His work has been developed by Jim Henson Productions, CBS, Gross-Weston Productions, Ken Walz Productions and others.

Cohen lives in New Jersey (big surprise!) with his wife and two children, who have been sworn to secrecy.

For Whom the Minivan Rolls: An Aaron Tucker Mystery was his first novel, but defying both logic and public opinion, he wrote A Farewell to Legs: An Aaron Tucker Mystery anyway. And despite that book's rampant sales success, he went on to write As Dog Is My Witness: Another Aaron Tucker Mystery. He is also the author of The Asperger Parent: How to Raise A Child With Asperger Syndrome and Maintain Your Sense of Humor and Guns A' Blazing: How Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum and Schools Can Work Together—Without A Shot Being Fired, two books that vie for the Guinness Book of World Records spot for "Longest Subtitle." He's also written a grocery list that has attracted a good deal of attention in Hollywood, and is being develop
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    riveting story line

    Aaron Tucker stays at home as a father for his two children. He works as a free lance reporter but wants to be a scriptwriter. His wife is an attorney in a prestigious firm, which is all the more puzzling when wealthy and powerful Gary Beckworth wants Aaron to find his missing wife Madlyn. He doesn¿t want the police, a good private eye, or even a lawyer, just Aaron and the freelance reporter is at a loss to explain why. <P>Gary¿s action¿s are strange too since he doesn¿t want his son questioned or Aaron nosing around the neighborhood. Aaron investigates every link he can find until the day Madlyn calls him up from an Atlantic City hotel to tell him she¿s fine and coming home in a few days. Unable to let matters rest there, Aaron traces Madlyn to her motel room where he finds her on the bed with two bullets in her body. <P>Jeffrey Cohen¿s debut novel is a smashing success due to a riveting story line, a fast-paced plot, and a hero who is a combination of James Bond and Bart Simpson. He¿s a lovable family man who puts his wife and children first but when he has some free time look out because anything can and usually does happen. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Great book!

    Fast paced, funny, and a great read. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    ...MiniVan is Rollicking Good Ride!

    FOR WHOM THE MINIVAN ROLLS, by Jeffrey Cohen. I admit I figured it would be funny because of the title. I was not prepared for just how funny this book truly is. I was won over right away by Aaron Tucker, a stay-at-home dad of two, who is a freelance writer drafted to look into the disappearance of a prominent woman in town. Taking place in a small community shortly before a mayoral election, we meet a host of local characters, and the plot surely does thicken. A short stint as an investigative reporter is all that qualifies Tucker for the task, and he is pretty open about his lack of expertise. In fact, he is pretty open about just about everything. He is a very likeable guy, and I found myself rooting for him in his endeavors, and identifying with his foibles as a parent, too. There is an endearing subplot about his child with Asperger's Syndrome, and dealing with an epithet about him written outside their home-- in barbecue sauce-- and he educates us in the process. The characters are all three-dimensional and very human, like folks I feel I now know as real people. If I ever need a criminal lawyer, I'd want one as smart and resourceful as his wife, Abigail Stein. The dialogue is believable, and right-on, too. Aaron Tucker's methods are somewhat unique--I don't recall any other investigator bringing his wife and children along on a witness interview--but they all jive with his character, and it works for him. Cohen has spun a nifty yarn with original twists, in addition to keeping me amused and compelled to read *just a little more* than I had intended to every night. The pace rolls right along not unlike a MiniVan traversing hilly countryside--the story lays a little foundation and sometimes climbs a hill for a moment, but then speeds on down the other side. Even the climbs were a hoot. It kept me entertained as I "minivanned" my way through the story. Never a dull moment. The conclusion of the story was also tight, and clever, and satisfying. Ends were tied up neatly, and the plot wasn't convoluted to bring it to a close. It left me with the impression that this author did some serious planning before putting pen to paper, or finger to keyboard. However, it just may be the only "serious" thing Jeffrey Cohen has ever done. Truly a well-written, amusing mystery. Five Stars!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    Surprising fun!

    While not a regular reader of mysteries, I'm grateful to the friend who steered me to this one. Yes, it's a mystery, but it's also chock full of humor, certain to have you laughing out loud. Aaron Tucker, the unlikely protagonist, tells his story with irony, sarcasm and tenderness, with a distinct voice that makes him immediately real. His circle of family, friends and acquaintances all have their own lovable - or not-so-lovable - qualities and give Aaron the perfect opportunity to showcase his many facets. The story holds you from beginning to end, and it reads more like a letter from a friend than an intricate web of "intrigue" where everyone is stumbling over red herrings. The only herrings here are served with bagels and cream cheese. This one is fun. Don't miss it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2002

    A Great Read

    Fast and funny, this great suburban mystery moves along at a quick pace. Jeff Cohen pokes fun at small town America, pays homage to home and hearth and plots a great mystery all at the same time! I am looking forward to the next in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2002

    Fabulous and Entertaining

    Nothing is more tedious than a mystery novel that takes itself too seriously. Fortunately, Jeff Cohen's debut novel manages to avoid this pitfall. "For Whom the Minivan Rolls" is charming and humorous, with a cast of characters that are relatable and likeable. Hopefully, this book marks the beginning of a long and successful series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    Funny and Mysterious

    A fine debut novel that (hopefully) will begin a mystery series, this book never takes itself too seriously, but always has heart and soul. The laughs are plentiful, but they never trivialize the plot. The characters are likable and believable, and I hope this will be the beginning of something very big.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2015

    For Whom The Minivan Rolls

    For whom the minivan rolls was an unexpected pleasant surprise. Not only a mystery, but also funny which in my book is a perfect enjoyable book!

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! ok, if I could, I'd give it 6 stars. A gre

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! ok, if I could, I'd give it 6 stars. A great writer, a great story, full of everyday situations and a lot of crazy situations. Will have to read his other books. LOVED IT!!!

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Good read

    Interesting and funny. I enjoyed it. I hope there are more in this series.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    A fun, fast read

    I really enjoyed this. Love the passages of Aaron thinking to himself. The twists at the end I just didn't see coming. I hope Aaron continues with his amateur sleuthing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    PMC

    A witty, enjoyable, fast read.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    totally enjoyed

    great characters, interesting plot, and lots of humor. put them all together and i've already put 2 more of this author's books on my wish list.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    shawnee

    simple story with a far fetched plot

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