Whack-a-Mole (John Ceepak Series #3)

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John Ceepak and Danny Boyle returns with the hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who might be ready to strike again. An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven pits Ceepak against a killer with a code just as rigid as his own. When the killer targets his next victim, the consequences becomes dire for Ceepak and Boyle — this is a game they must win.

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Overview

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle returns with the hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who might be ready to strike again. An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven pits Ceepak against a killer with a code just as rigid as his own. When the killer targets his next victim, the consequences becomes dire for Ceepak and Boyle — this is a game they must win.

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A recovered school ring leads mismatched policemen John Ceepak, a 36-year-old veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and his rookie partner, Danny Boyle, on a search for a serial killer in Grabenstein's flaccid third mystery set in a New Jersey beach resort called Sea Haven. The previous two books in the series, Tilt-a-Whirland Mad Mouse, did a good job developing the relationship between the highly trained, honorable ex-marine and his young partner, who joined the cops mostly to impress girls. About all the two had in a common was a love for Bruce Springsteen, but Boyle was a quick study under Ceepak's tutelage. Now, Ceepak literally digs up a cold case on the beach with his metal detector, which finds a ring and then a charm bracelet, trinkets that belonged to women who were beheaded by a preachy killer Ceepak nicknames Ezekiel. Signs indicate the killer may strike again soon, but the limp dialogue dilutes the suspense. Fans of the first two books will likely be disappointed. (June)

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A misogynistic murderer takes the fun out of sunny Sea Haven. It's the height of the season down at the Jersey Shore, and folks have flocked to Sea Haven beaches psyched, many of them, by the prospect of a sandcastle construction event that could have national implications. At the same time, figurative storm clouds gather, boding ill for nubile, promiscuous young ladies. John Ceepak (Mad Mouse, 2006, etc.) and his partner Danny Boyle, both of the Sea Haven PD, are first alerted to the menace by an unexpected find. Fishing boater Cap'n Pete, town character and member of the Sea Haven Treasure Hunters Society, has recovered a charm bracelet lost for decades. His innocuous catch turns unnerving when it's linked to a grisly series of homicides. Once again Chief Baines calls upon Ceepak and Boyle to "get out there and keep Sea Haven a safe haven." Skilled and indefatigable, Ceepak is able to connect his clues to a veritable parade of mysterious disappearances-young women who vanished in the 1980s. There's been no action since, until suddenly there's reason to believe the beast may be stirring once more. By-the-book but judicious Ceepak and Boyle, his ardent young Boswell, remain an amiable pair, though poised perhaps on the slippery slope of the formulaic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786718184
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: John Ceepak Series , #3
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Grabenstein was the first writer hired as a result of James Patterson’s famous advertising aptitude test that ran in the New York Times when Patterson was creative director of J. Walter Thompson. He spent several years at the nation's top ad agencies. Before he started in advertising, Grabenstein also worked with Bruce Willis (among others) in some of New York’s most acclaimed improvisational comedy troupes. A member of Mystery Writers of America, he lives in New York City.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    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

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    Very entertaining series

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

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