Whack-a-Mole (John Ceepak Series #3) [NOOK Book]

Overview

An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven leads to a string of gruesome clues and one chilling conclusion: a long dormant serial killer is poised to strike again.

In another fast-paced thrill ride, Danny and Ceepak, the cop with a strict moral code, race against the clock to undercover a hidden mole with a twisted code all his own. ...
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Whack-a-Mole (John Ceepak Series #3)

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Overview

An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven leads to a string of gruesome clues and one chilling conclusion: a long dormant serial killer is poised to strike again.

In another fast-paced thrill ride, Danny and Ceepak, the cop with a strict moral code, race against the clock to undercover a hidden mole with a twisted code all his own. If they don't catch the killer in time, someone they love may become the next victim.


"Grabenstein has done his homework. His portrait of summer on the Jersey shore, replete with tacky boardwalk arcades, kitschy souvenir and T-shirt shops, manic city folk who bring their attytood on vacation, and hordes of young people awash in hormones, is virtually note-perfect. Another winner in the Jersey Shore series."
—BOOKLIST

"Whack A Mole is as engaging and enjoyable as the debut Tilt-a-Whirl. Certainly more fun when read as part of a series, this title nevertheless stands on its own as a well-written mystery, complete with humor, humanity, a fast-moving plot, and memorable characters. Highly recommended."
—LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Grabenstein has crafted a solid mystery here. The manner in which the killer taunts the police is very unique—I will never be able to walk into a resort town gift shop again without thinking of this book—and the identity of the murderer, while plausible, will keep you guessing. I was absolutely sure I had his identity pegged and nailed, but I was totally wrong. This series has already won an Anthony Award in the course of its short history; after reading Whack A Mole, it would seem that Grabenstein, who undoubtedly will receive additional accolades, may need to add a trophy room to his domicile if he has not done so already."
—Joe Hartlaub, BOOKREPORTER.COM

"If Agatha Christie was around now, and lived in say, New Jersey, this is the kind of mystery she would weave... Despite all the clues, Grabenstein still managed to hang out enough red herrings to throw me off the track of the killer. Just like Christie, his writing is no frills, but there's enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, right to the end."
—Cindy White, CALGARY HERALD

"Grabenstein's rapid-fire prose style, clipped dialogue, eye for precise detail, and heady pace generate an enjoyable suspense thriller. The cerebral, buttoned-down Ceepak plays well off the irrepressible, loyal Danny. Excerpts from nine Bruce Springsteen ballads stitched into the storyline add extra appeal for The Boss's fans. The Jersey Shore setting is picturesque and the likeable cop pals are developing into close-knit, effective crime fighters."
—MYSTERY SCENE magazine

"Whack A Mole is one of those mysteries that flows. The pace is unrelenting, and the characters come alive. The plot moves along while keeping the identity of the killer hidden until the final pages. Whack A Mole is a terrific read."
—Steven Sill, I LOVE A MYSTERY

"When Kansas' BTK killer made contact with police after years of inactivity, his downfall followed quickly. Chris Grabenstein takes that premise and spins it forcefully in Whack A Mole, the third installment in his John Ceepak series set on the Jersey Shore. Not long after the story opens, policeman Ceepak—and Iraq war veteran who neither lies, cheats, nor steals, nor tolerates those who do—and his young police partner, Danny Boyle, begin to find body parts labeled by name and dating to the 1980s. But no murders had been reported. So what's going on?

The answers come as fast and twisty as one of Sea Haven's thrill rides, as Grabenstein continues to spin a rich story and to develop his main characters. Here's some perfect summer reading to take to the beach (or if you're heading north, to the shore)."
—Jay Strafford, THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH'S BOOK BAG

"Whack A Mole is filled with wonderful characters, is set in a great location, and has a first-rate murder mystery that grabs you, keeps you thinking and hits you with a surprise ending that will tear your heart out. It is a good standalone book, and fans of the series will not be disappointed. Whack A Mole is a fine read for any season."
—Sharon Katz, REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012647023
  • Publisher: Chris Grabenstein
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Series: John Ceepak Series , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 44,204
  • File size: 744 KB

Meet the Author

Chris Grabenstein did improvisational comedy in New York City with Bruce Willis before James Patterson hired him to write advertising copy.

His first John Ceepak/Jersey Shore mystery TILT A WHIRL won the Anthony Award for Best First Mystery and was followed by MAD MOUSE, WHACK-A-MOLE, HELL HOLE, MIND SCRAMBLER, and ROLLING THUNDER, which is nominated for this year’s Watson Award for “best sidekick.”

Chris became a New York Times Best Selling author with his short story “The Demon In The Dunes,” which appeared in the anthology DEATH’S EXCELLENT VACATION, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.

His fist book for middle grades readers, THE CROSSROADS, won both the 2008 Agatha and Anthony Awards. The second book in the series, THE HANGING HILL, also won the Agatha Award. The third Haunted Mystery, THE SMOKY CORRIDOR, was published by Random House in 2010. THE BLACK HEART CRYPT, will be published in 2011.

Chris’s new middle grades caper series, RILEY MACK AND THE OTHER KNOWN TROUBLEMAKERS (an Ocean’s Eleven starring eleven-year-olds) will be published by HarperCollins in January 2012.

Chris’s dog Fred, however, has better credits: Fred starred on Broadway in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    1-2-3

    Working my way through the John Ceepak novels, I found Tilt A Whirl to be a Five, Mad House to be a four, and am happy to report that Whack A Mole is a five. These entertaining beach characters keep the novels going while several new characters and new twists keep things rolling on the Boardwalk.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended- you must check it out

    I can't get enough of this series by Chris Grabenstein. This book is fun and easy to read. Just wnen you think you know "who done it", there is another twist to the story. The character, John Ceepak seemed a little corny at first but I have grown to admire his total honesty and highly principled way he lives his life. He shows that good guys win out in the end. Whenever I finish one of his books, I always wish that I had another one to read right away. Looking forward to John's next murder case.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    An entertaining read.

    The John Ceepak series are pretty fun, this one is no exception. I picked up the first one on discount and it got me hooked.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Worth your time. Read it.

    This is the third book in the series that I have read in the last 24 hours. It is a good mystery written with humor. I can't say fairer than that, can I?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Quick read

    A good page-turner.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Good book

    I bought the first book because it was cheap, book two and three I bought because the first book was good. I am glad i bought them and you will be too. The author's voice is interesting, the characters well rounded, and the stories believable. Buy the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Amusing and entertaining. The author has a great knowledge of th

    Amusing and entertaining. The author has a great knowledge of the Jersey Shore, which makes them even more interesting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Loved it! Amusing and entertaining, kept me reading until I fin

    Loved it!

    Amusing and entertaining, kept me reading until I finished

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Fun read

    I really enjoy the John Ceepak mysteries. They have great characters and storylines and are written with a sense of humor! I plan on reading all of them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Love Ceepak!

    John Ceepak is starting to relax a little in this third book. I am glad. Though I really do enjoy is rigidness, well....he isn't rigid, he is just spit-polished. Anyway, this book has a serial killer in it and the collection of evidence is interesting. This book will keep you guessing until the end. I am buying the next one ASAP!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Great entertaining book

    Enjoyed this light story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Bryonna

    Good book i think

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    love the characters. like the story. reads fast....... great f

    love the characters. like the story. reads fast....... great for summer. the series does a good job of keeping you wanting to come back.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    Great Fun Read!

    I discovered the John Ceepak Mysteries when the first book was offered free. I have purchased 2 more and intend to read them all. I have found them to be easy and entertaining reads.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Recommend

    Like the others of the series, loved the read. Was sorry to come to end of the 3 I bought. Looking forward to more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Very good but not as good as the first 2

    I enjoyed this book and its a great buy for 99¿. However, i didnt think it was as well written and planned out as the first two. The perp was still a surprise. The author is good at distracting you from the real perp with various shady and suspicious characters. But there were some other elements of the story that seemed incongruous.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    I would recommend this series of books

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters really brought the story to life. Read the whole series.. I hope more stories are added to the series.

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

    Most enjoyable..

    This is the third Ceepak story I've read, in order, & intend to read all books available. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Excellent read

    Good characters; fast moving; keep it coming

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Very entertaining series

    The John Ceepak series are mysteries with humor. Love the characters.

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