Wicked Break: A Noah Braddock Mystery

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Riding a wave of critical acclaim for his debut novel, Killer Swell (a Los Angeles Times and Denver Post bestseller), Jeff Shelby continues to dazzle with Wicked Break, his second book featuring P.I. and surfer Noah Braddock.

When Peter Pluto shows up at P.I. Noah Braddock's apartment asking him to look for his missing younger brother, Linc, Noah is reluctant to take the case. After all, the last time he got involved in a disappearance case, his best friend, Carter, was shot and...

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Overview

Riding a wave of critical acclaim for his debut novel, Killer Swell (a Los Angeles Times and Denver Post bestseller), Jeff Shelby continues to dazzle with Wicked Break, his second book featuring P.I. and surfer Noah Braddock.

When Peter Pluto shows up at P.I. Noah Braddock's apartment asking him to look for his missing younger brother, Linc, Noah is reluctant to take the case. After all, the last time he got involved in a disappearance case, his best friend, Carter, was shot and two other people died. But Peter describes Linc as a serious college student, so Noah reluctantly agrees.

As the investigation unfolds, Noah realizes there's a lot more to Linc than academia-unless your average undergrad also happens to have skinheads beating down his door and a cache of semiautomatic guns stored in his apartment. Aided by Carter, Noah discovers that Linc stole some money from the white supremacist group National Nation, an offshoot of the Aryan Nation. The skinheads will stop at nothing to find Linc-and when Noah wakes up at the bottom of a canyon, beaten and bruised, with Peter Pluto's corpse lying next to him, he realizes he's next on their list.

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Editorial Reviews

Craig Davidson
… the book reads faster than a ripcurl and is thoroughly enjoyable. Fans of the Bolitar, Spenser or Burke detective series should hang 10 with Shelby's Noah Braddock.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
San Diego PI Noah Braddock interrupts his surfing for a missing persons case in Shelby's action-packed follow-up to Killer Swell (2005). Noah isn't eager to take on new clients, but he's moved by Peter Pluto's pleas to find younger brother Linc, a college student, whose apartment turns out to contain a stash of guns. The tension escalates when Linc's neighbor is shot after being questioned by Noah. Soon after, Noah's untimely arrival at Peter's ransacked house in a quiet cul-de-sac irritates a couple of vicious skinheads. Noah awakes in a ravine, left for dead, and a bit too cozy with Peter Pluto's corpse. Later, accompanied by his pal Carter, conveniently six-foot-nine, Noah boldly wades into plenty of life-and-limb-threatening situations, including verboten gang territory and a secluded skinhead gathering. Strong characterization and wonderfully biting humor compensate for a straightforward plot that's overly generous with tough guy posturing. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Private investigator and surfer Noah Braddock has been doing little but riding the waves and avoiding the problems in his life-some of which resulted from his last case (Killer Swell)-when Peter Pluto asks him to find his younger brother, a student at San Diego State. Linc Pluto has run away before, and his brother wants to make sure he is alright. Braddock's search enmeshes him and his sidekick, Carter, with a street gang, gun running, and a dangerous group of white supremacists. Although buddy crime novels are not as prevalent these days, Shelby has captured their fast-paced, hard-boiled P.I. style and sarcastic banter in a manner reminiscent of early Robert B. Parker and Robert Crais. Shelby lives in Castle Rock, CO. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Private eye Noah Braddock (Killer Swell, 2005) takes time out from riding the waves to save his client's brother from skinheads. Noah isn't exactly looking for work when lawyer Mike Berkley gives his name to Peter Pluto. But he figures he owes Mike for giving him enough work to pay the mortgage on his Mission Beach cottage when he was starting out, so he drives to San Diego State University to try to find out why 19-year-old political-science major Linc Pluto disappeared just before midterms-and why he had an arsenal of automatic weapons in his dresser drawer. The two stoner chicks next door are clueless, but one of them is shot before her interview with Noah is over, bringing SDPD detectives John Wellton and Liz Santangelo, who once had a thing with Noah, on to the scene. Wellton takes some lip from Noah and his surfing bud, Carter Hamm, but lets them look into the case anyway. Pretty soon, Peter Pluto's dead, Noah gets beaten up by two white supremacists named Lonnie and Mo, a gangbanger named Deacon Moreno wants to know all about those guns and Liz seems to be dating Mike Berkley. All of which gives Noah barely enough time to bail his mom, Carolina, out of the drunk tank. The bodies pile up pretty fast, but Noah emerges unscathed except for the psychological damage only a mother can inflict.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525949541
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/6/2006
  • Series: Noah Braddock Series , #2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFF SHELBY grew up around the beaches of southern California and graduated from the University of California at Irvine. He writes full time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    A real zinger!

    Wicked Break starts out with a bang, literally. Noah Braddock's first and best lead to solving this missing person case, gets shot in chapter two. Next, Braddock himself is beaten severely by the skinheads, to whom he is led in his quest. The plot flows rapidly and smoothly to its conclusion. Jeff Shelby's writing style puts so few 'literary obstacles' in the reader's path, you don't realize the book has ended until you reach the last page. He has populated this thriller with his developing ensemble. Braddock's best friend Carter Hamm. Sometimes cop-girl friend Liz Santangelo, who despises Hamm. Liz's partner John Wellton who can't stand Braddock, and some surprising new ghosts from Braddock's past. For those devotees of John D. McDonald yearning for a worthy successor to Travis McGee, we have found it, in Noah Braddock. We won't hold it against Shelby that his books are not set in south Florida.

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