Rolling Thunder (John Ceepak Series #6)

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"Full of unpredictable twists and turns. There's plenty of fizz in the chemistry between the two protagonists to keep the novel and the reader spinning."—Boston Globe
There’s more fireworks down the Jersey shore in Chris Grabenstein’s sixth fast-paced John Ceepak mystery Rolling Thunder. A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on opening day of a brand new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isn’t long before there are ...

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Overview

"Full of unpredictable twists and turns. There's plenty of fizz in the chemistry between the two protagonists to keep the novel and the reader spinning."—Boston Globe
There’s more fireworks down the Jersey shore in Chris Grabenstein’s sixth fast-paced John Ceepak mystery Rolling Thunder. A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on opening day of a brand new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isn’t long before there are suspicious hints of foul play—especially after another dead body is discovered: a stunning young beach beauty.
Fortunately for mystery lovers, the straight-arrow cop John Ceepak and his wise-cracking young partner Danny Boyle are on the case, a detective/sidekick duo critics have compared to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
A fun series.— Marilyn Stasio
Dick Adler - Chicago Tribune
“Thoughtful, funny and exciting.”
James Patterson
“A fast-paced thrill ride with lots of twists and turns and good writing from start to finish.”
Marilyn Stasio - The New York Times
“A fun series.”
James Patterson
“A fast-paced thrill ride with lots of twists and turns and good writing from start to finish.”
Mystery Scene Magazine
“A nearly perfect read.”
The Detroit Free Press
“Briskly paced, well plotted, and narrated with a cynical humor that makes it a real joy to read.”
Booklist
“This series offers far more than a beach-book romp. Taut and satisfying crime fiction.”
Boston Globe
“Full of unpredictable twists and turns. There’s plenty of fizz in the chemistry between the two protagonists to keep the novel and the reader spinning.”
Chicago Tribune
Thoughtful, funny and exciting.— Dick Adler
Publishers Weekly
At the start of Anthony Award-winner Grabenstein's enjoyable sixth John Ceepak mystery (after 2009's Mind Scrambler), the wife of Paddy O'Malley, an entrepreneur whose company has just built a roller coaster on the shore of the struggling resort town of Sea Haven, N.J., suffers a fatal heart attack on the new ride during the grand opening. As supercop Ceepak and his less obsessively straight-arrow partner, Danny Boyle, begin to doubt whether Mrs. O'Malley died of natural causes, the dismembered body of a party girl turns up in two suitcases. Since the most obvious suspect is too conveniently set up, the two cops must wade through a rancid swamp of local politics, sleazy sex, and family hatred for the truth. The corruption Ceepak sees drives him to be even more vigilantly upright. Vivid local color and sharply drawn characters—especially as dramatized in the contrast between the partners' attitudes—help make the pages fly. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605982496
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: John Ceepak Series , #6
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,335,097
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Grabenstein is the Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed thrill reads Tilt A Whirl, Mad Mouse, Whack A Mole, Hell Hole, Mind Scrambler, and Rolling Thunder, plus the young adult chillers The Crossroads and The Hanging Hill. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    Here's What Some Other Critics Say

    "Ceepak and Boyle are back, and better than ever! Rolling Thunder is terrific, and it's great to go back to Sea Haven. Although so much of this is fun for long-time readers, there's no reason new readers couldn't pick up this book, and enjoy it. And, once you've discovered Ceepak and Boyle in Rolling Thunder, I predict you'll go back and read the earlier ones in one of my favorite series."
    —Lesa Holstine, Lesa's Book Critiques (read the full review)

    "Where mysteries are concerned, homicide and humor are often an uneasy mix; rare is the author who is able to handle the combination successfully. Chris Grabenstein is one of the few, as he proves once more with this latest addition to his John Ceepak series, starring a straight-laced, order-obsessed former military police officer turned cop in a small resort town on the Jersey Shore. There he is teamed with his polar opposite, Danny Boyle, an irreverent youngster who entered law enforcement as a lark. Grabenstein serves up a most agreeable mystery, but his thriller's true delight lies in the complexity of his characters and the whimsical manner in which they are presented. Above all, his mismatched cops are a pleasure to know—which makes them something of a rarity in today's Whodunit World."
    —Robert Wade, San Diego Union Tribune

    "As with all previous entries in this outstanding series, Grabenstein serves up a wonderfully complex mystery for Ceepak and Danny to tackle. Along the way they must deal with a jealous, potentially criminally complicit colleague, prominent members of the community engaging in organized activities of questionable legality, a mayor who wants nothing more than to not upset the tourists, and a family with Shakespearean levels of dysfunction. " -- Elizabeth White

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

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    After reading the first novel in this series, Tilt-A-Whirl, I set out to read them all. With Rolling Thunder, I think I am done,for now. I hear another book in the series will be out in 2012, not that someone hasn't already reviewed it. Rolling Thunder was a refreshing return to Sea Haven,the charming beach town where all of the novels take place. Well, all except for the worst of the lot, Mind Scrambler, which unsuccessfully tried to transfer the charm of the series to Atlantic City. Now that I am done, I can recommend all of the novels, except Mind Scrambler. I enjoyed the wise-cracking Danny Boyle as the junior partner to the rigid but good John Ceepak. Since Boyle does the narrating, these are also Danny Boyle mysteries as well as John Ceepak mysteries, and that's all good.

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