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The new novel in the award-winning mystery series that "moves like lightning" - Kirkus Reviews
“I didn’t do it!” is something cops hear all the time. But when the plea comes from a close friend who’s fallen on hard times,it’s tougher to ignore, especially for young Officer Danny Boyle. It’s the start of another action-packed summer for the wise cracking Boyle and straight-arrow cop (now Chief of Detectives) John Ceepak down the Jersey Shore as they do their best to help Danny’s friend, a young nurse who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault by a prestigious Sea Haven doctor. Ceepak’s unshakable code of honor is tested when he trusts that the nurse is telling the truth. It’s stretched to the limit when one of the nurse’s home health care patients turns up dead.Now Ceepak and Danny must answer the hard and horrible question: “Did we just help a friend get away with murder?”Get ready for another fun and fast-paced page-turner from Anthony and Agatha award-winner Chris Grabenstein.
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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Free fall is the first time I’ve been a bit disappointed in the Ceepak series. Most of the enjoyment I get from the series is for Ceepak and Boyle running around Sea Haven to all of the great locations (with the sunny funderful names) but this story is a bit darker and more static location wise. In addition the ending is a bit of a cliff hanger but leaves a cloud hanging over the head of our two heroes. All this combined to make it feel as if it rained on my Jersey Shore vacation rather than leaving me smiling and waiting for another adventure as the others in the story have.
Super Storm Sandy did a lot of damage to the Jersey Shore, but at least John Ceepack and Danny Boyle survived. After a short stint as Chief of Police, John hired his successor and became Chief of Detectives, a department of one. Danny, because of budget cuts, is reduced to patrol duty, except when John needs another “detective.” And in this, the eighth in the series, the two are once again a team. The gist of the plot is the death of a popular 94-year-old retired dentist. The possibility of murder rears its ugly head, and the list of suspects is several, including a potential love interest for Danny in forthcoming novels (John is now married), the dentist’s two sons and daughter-in-law, and two health aides. To complicate matters, John’s father, Joe Ceepack, turns up in town to operate a boardwalk ride, providing some element of drama. The plots of the Ceepack mysteries are not overly complicated. The real asset of the novels are the charming characters, especially strait-laced John and his acolyte Danny and the amusing style of writing moving the tales ahead at a brisk pace. Always good fun, and recommended.