Murder in Palm Beach: The Homicide That Never Died (Newer Version)

Murder in Palm Beach: The Homicide That Never Died (Newer Version)

by Mr. Robert Glenn Brink, Bob Brink


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ISBN-13: 9780692666265
Publisher: Precipice Press
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Bob (Robert) Brink was born in Muskegon, Mich., and relocated with his parents at age 6 to their home state of Iowa, growing up in and around Des Moines and moving to a small farm at age 14. After a torturous coming-of-age, he embarked on a newspaper career that took him to Joliet, Ill., Chicago, Milwaukee, Tampa and West Palm Beach, in which vicinity he has lived for a number of years. He garnered several writing awards, and the magazine where he was copy chief won an award for Best Written Magazine in Florida. In early middle age, Brink learned to play clarinet and tenor saxophone, and performed many years in a symphonic winds band while also doing a few big band gigs. He learned ballroom dancing and is a health enthusiast, blogging on alternative health care along with grammar and sociopolitics. While doing freelance writing and editing, he became an author, ghost-writing a book and completing two novels. The latest, MURDER IN PALM BEACH: THE HOMICIDE THAT NEVER DIED, is a roman à clef about a real, highly sensational murder that occurred in 1976. He is at work on another mystery novel.

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Murder in Palm Beach: The Homicide That Never Died 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
KimAa 8 months ago
Reviewed by Kim Aalaie (Reader) 8/10/2018 Bad boy, meets girl, turns good but to late...runs amok with the law. 'Murder in Palm Beach' has everything a good crime mystery should have...murder, revenge, outlaws, frame jobs, love, hate, romance and amidst all that, a wonderful, heart-warming love story. This book is full of twists and turns on every page and every time you think you know where Bob Brink is going to go, you are wrong! The dialogue is perfect for each character that has been described perfectly to provide the reader with a mental image of each. 'Murder in Palm Beach' reels you in from the first chapter and you simply can't put it down. A must read!!! Very well-written novel with many plots and side story's that keep you interested until the very end. Way more then a 5 star book. I've just become a fan of Bob Brink!
1335sj 8 months ago
This book grabbed me and drew me in from the first chapter. It’s a scary account of how our criminal justice works. The protagonist Mitt Heckler wasn’t a choir boy by no means but what happened to him was beyond belief, the sad part is that it happens more than we the public knows. I’ve read excerpts from other reviews and I have to agree this would be a great television mini-series. I would watch it for sure. I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this e-galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
ShalynMcHart More than 1 year ago
The plot is well-structured and there is always something going on, Murder in Palm Beach was all I could have hoped for in a travel read. When I’m flying I love to have something to keep me distracted and engrossed to take my mind of the fact that I’m in the air! This book definitely did the trick. Never a dull moment or character and it was also informative in terms of the law, you can really tell that Brink knows his stuff and now I feel like I do in a sense too, so thank you! I also enjoyed the potential real-life aspect of the plot and the thought all of it could really have happened.
BookieBabe1 More than 1 year ago
A seemingly innocent doorbell ring heralds the beginning of a mind-bending homicide case. There is a political undertow, corruption and underworld dealings in this compelling murder-mystery that is a close run comparison to a real murder that took place in 1976. Fast-paced writing and gritty realism makes this a page-turner right from the off. Don’t pick this one up if you only have a few minutes to spare, because you won’t put it down again in a hurry. This is my first book by Brink, but he’s on my list of authors to watch now.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Rodger Kriger is a prominent member of Pal Beach society. One night, after returning home from a party, he is shot by an unknown assailant, and dies of his wounds 11 days later. Law enforcement officers are pressured to find the killer and find him fast. Police don't seem to care who actually did the killing. The assistant state's prosecutor settle on Mitt Hecher, a long-standing trouble maker. He's a karate instructor and known for starting fights and then offering his targets a discount to attend his karate school. What follows is a corrupt law system, blackmail, prisoners willing to lie to get some time cut off their time served, forgery, and even a dishonest defense attorney. It's literally a free for all .. and Mitt is caught in the middle. The plot has a lot going on and it's to the author's credit that it works. There are many secondary characters that I found hard to follow at the beginning. But, again, the author took his time to fully develop the personalities. Even though Mitt is a sort-of-bad guy, he's entirely likeable. Many thanks to the author / Candid Book Reviews who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
GemmaDavison More than 1 year ago
What I loved about Murder in Palm Beach by Bob Brink, was that it took me back to the golden age of detective fiction. The story was gripping from start to finish, centered around a classic whodunit - did the man, Hecher, sentenced to over 25 years in prison, murder Roger Kriger? Or was he thrown under the bus by a politically hungry district attorney, hoping to boost his career by nailing an easy conviction for the brutal shooting of the restauranteur. One thing is sure, there are certainly more suspects fo the crime, some of whom are very shady characters indeed, and when The plot is so well written, that you will be swept up in excitement, constantly wondering where it is going to go next. Is this a story of redemption, or will justice escape will have to read to find out, and you really should.
lynne1946 More than 1 year ago
I was on the edge of my seat for much of Murder in Palm Beach. From the start where you learn a bit more about the seedy underbelly of an area renowned for it’s shiny exterior, to the end where you are rooting for the man wrongly accused and imprisoned for 25 years for a murder he did not commit. I found that none of the characters were particularly likable in the way that you would have some very obvious protagonists, not that I hated them but more like there were no obvious heroes until the end when Mitt sort of takes on this role. I would definitely read more by Brink after reading Murder in Palm Beach.
Library_Love More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Murder in Palm Beach, it reminded me of a really great movie thriller, in that it really makes you feel like you are going through something with the characters. Brink really does through a lot at you in the opening section. A brutal doorstep murder, a probable wrong conviction, a corrupt law system, and plenty of shady characters. This all served to give me a feeling of almost being overwhelmed feeling, so I really empathised with the main character, Mitt, who loses everything after being imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. The only way to get something of his life back, is to prove his innocence and to set things right. But there are many that would prefer that the truth stayed hidden, and they will try anything to stop Mitt. This fast-paced read really deserves a place on anyone's reading list.
Danny_T More than 1 year ago
With his novel, Bob Brink has created a crime novel that is close to perfection. It all starts with the sudden murder of a successful Palm Beach resident; it is a case that can make or break careers. So it is no surprise that the police quickly jump on Mitt Hecher, who is no stranger to violent crime. The Assistant District Attorney, not only sees a chance for career progression, but also to put a man he hates behind bars, so he takes it, and Hecher faces 25 years behind bars. Prison is not an easy experience for Hecher, it is a brutal environment and the death of his wife, brings him further despair. Lucky for Hecher, not everyone thinks him guilty of the murder, and following appeal after appeal, he is finally released. Now he wants justice – he wants the real killer to suffer for all he had to go through for a crime he didn't commit. So if he wasn't behind the shooting, who was? There is certainly a long list of suspects, so who is your money on?
LuxuryLit More than 1 year ago
Safe to say I am definitely now a fan of Bob Brink. Never having read anything of his before, or that many murder mysteries if I'm honest, I wasn't sure what I should expect but I'm always up for trying something new! I was not disappointed. There's sex, power, violence, romance and more obviously mystery. Also I did a bit of background search on Murder in Palm Beach and found so much that helped to push me forward and really get stuck in, not that I needed to, this can be something read all on its own. Also intrigued that there may be something of a non-fiction element to the story as well.
PhilLovett More than 1 year ago
Murder in Palm Beach was like a crime novel I had never read before. Bob Brink has written a novel that really grips, but also draws on complex emotions, like empathy, fear and a sense of loss. It was so addictive, I'm not ashamed to say that I spend most of a Monday walking around like a zombie, staying up late on a Sunday night so I could finish. At first, Mitt Hecher is not a likeable guy. He uses his fists way more than he should and has a cocky attitude that hasn't won him any friends. But, does that mean he deserve to go to prison for a murder he didn't commit?Some seen to think so, and he spends 15 years behind bars for it. So much changes for Mitt – his son grows up and his wife dies. When you are reading, you feel he deserves to be exonerated for the crime, but it's clear that it won't be easy. That's why I could not put it down. It would make a great beach read.
MichelleG More than 1 year ago
I really believe that crime fiction may just have a new star in Bob Brink. Reading the synopsis of the novel, I was really interested, but I did imagine that it was going to be quite a standard read. A page turner, but one that you don't really remember a few weeks after reading it. I was half right. 'Murder in Palm Beach' was definitely a page turner, but it wasn't one that I will forget in a hurry. The plot was certainly fast paced, but it was complex, unique and filled with 3-dimensional characters, some you will take too and some you absolutely will not. Mitt is a petty criminal accused and convicted of a murder he didn't commit. He spends 15 years in prison waiting for his chance for revenge. Will he get his longed for redemption, or will he be sucked into the seedy underworld of Palm Beach?
AlanHiggins More than 1 year ago
Completely different to anything else I've read in the sci fi genre or seen of the sci fi genre and it had me rather hooked. Not only was the futuristic setting addictive and alluring to read but the characters felt rather real and felt very 'now' in the sense that they were relatable and came with their own dramas, trials and tribulations that could be experienced by anyone today. I found the main character, Brooke Davis the 'ace star fighter pilot', rather admirable and impressive in her mission to save humanity despite her set backs and her past. 5. What a wonderfully unexpected adventure!Set in the year 2247 there are aspects of the sci fi genre present that we have all grown to expect and love but then parts of this book that are different and will surprise you. I stayed fully engrossed in Brooke Davis as your lead heroine, especially because she is anything but typical and what you would expect but it makes her all the more relatable and tangible. Really looking forward to the next instalment by Greg Spry, loved the action fighter pilot scenes, the drama's involving every character and seeing every character evolve in different ways, you never get bored!
Reading_For_Life More than 1 year ago
I would really like to see Murder in Palm Beach adapted into a TV series. There are so many over-the-top fantasies and dramas, it would be nice to see a really great crime/detective series that just relies on a great plot and great characters. Mitt Hecher is a cocky karate instructor, who is no stranger to the police. It is his swagger and disregard for the law that sees him on the hook for the brutal slaying of a well-known Palm Beach resident. Whether he committed the crime or not is irrelevant, because once he is on the hook, there are plenty that will ensure he stays on it. It is a dark, gritty novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and it has gave me a new appreciation for the crime genre.
EbooksRock More than 1 year ago
With Murder in Palm Beach, Bob Brink has created a crime novel that could easily rival the likes of John Grisham and Richard Montanari. On the whole it is a story or redemption, but redemption that does not come easy. First arrested and charged for a crime you are insistent you didn't commit; then convicted of the crime and sentenced to decades behind bars; then losing the love of your life whilst serving time under a barbaric prison regime. Is this the price Mitt Hecher had to pay for rubbing up a few members of the justice system the wrong way? And will he get any justice of his own. It won't be easy, there are people that have a vested interest in leaving the murder case in the past, not least the Assistant DA, who was happy to throw the book at Hecher without investigating other possibilities. Hecher soon finds out, that when your on the bottom, some will do whatever it takes to keep you there, especially those that have guilt of their own.
Nikki005 More than 1 year ago
Murder in Palm Beach is quite the page turner! There's so much going on but in a good way, there's structure. A man wrongly convicted of a murder in the 70's Palm Beach, there are so many twists and turns some you may see coming others you will not and this really sucks you in! Well it did for me anyway. The book reads smoothly and is an easy one to digest so perfect for a rainy day when you fancy some mystery or an injection of excitement.
M_Adams900 More than 1 year ago
If you take just one book with you on a beach holiday this year, make it Murder in Palm Beach by Bob Brink. It is one of those magical crime novels that sucks you in completely, because it is simply so beautifully written. I found myself saying to myself: 'Just one more chapter', and in the end I read it in just two sittings, on the way to and back from London. There was suspense, drama, mystery and sex, which all mixed together to create one of the greatest whodunnits I have read in many years. The characters are so well rounded, that I really took to some and really loathed others (special mention to the ruthless DA). The plot was fast-paced, but still managed to keep me guessing, and even though I tried to figure out the conclusion, it was one I did not see coming. I will definitely be looking out for more from Bob Brink in the future.
TootYourBooks More than 1 year ago
I love books like this! Informative, exciting and a taste of grit and grime of the dark side of Palm Beach. There's some humour as well so don't fret it isn't completely dark and gloomy, and the character Mitt Hecher who is framed for the murder of prominent Palm Beach citizens brings you from dark to a little light as he progresses in prison and makes changes to better himself because although not guilty of this particular crime he was still someone you might not want to spend your time with.
DHempstead More than 1 year ago
Bob Brink the author of Murder in Palm Beach is a former newspaper journalist and when you know it you can see it. There is a clear knowledge of the system in which our developing protagonist, Hecher, is struggling through. When reading through the description of the local area you get a real authentic flavor and a feel for the lives these characters are living, from the bright shiny world of Palm Beach more people probably know about to the dark, gritty underworld you may not have expected.
Richie1 More than 1 year ago
Mitt Hecher, a petty thug who ran a karate school and his pal Davey Ross, liked to cause trouble in Palm Beach bars. When Rodger Kriger, a wealthy restauranter was killed in his home the state's attorney, Bosworth and prosecutor, Scraponia pinned the rap on Hecher. Hecher was convicted and sentenced to prison for twenty-five years. After twenty-five failed appeals the Florida Board of Clemency commuted the remaining ten years as time served. Tom Palladin, a key player in his release gave Hecher the name of the real killer, Generoso Gagliardi. Hecher and three pals tracked the killer down and brought him to justice. Hecher's conviction was overturned, and he was exonerated. Scraponia was sentenced to prison, but Bosworth escaped punishment