"Axelrod's promising debut introduces a protagonist who will remind readers of Robert Parker's sleuths. The two-part story structure ("Premeditation"and "Post Mortem") also gives readers an Ellery Queen type of opportunity to "help solve" the crime." Library Journal
When Nantucket homeowner Preston Lomax is killed, everyone on the island could be a suspect. Lomax lived large, owed money, and the word was spreading he was planning to stiff them all and disappear. Chief of Police Henry Kennis, a newcomer from California, investigates with help from the State Police. Together they solve the caseor so it appears. But Kennis can't shake the feeling that they've missed something.
Kennis soon discovers scandals, intrigues and an eclectic cast of local charactersoddball journalists, surfing carpenters, drug dealers, wealthy homeowners and their slacker children. Kennis uncovers a truth that lies somewhere between the bad blood and the good neighbors.
About the Author
Steven Axelrod holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and remains a member of the WGA despite a long absence from Hollywood. His work has been featured on various websites, including the literary e-zineNuméro Cinq, where he is on the masthead; Salon.com; andThe Good Men Project; as well as the magazinesPulp ModernandBig Pulp.
A father of two, he lives on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, where he paints houses and writes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While maybe not as good as Nantucket Red Ticket.. Mr Axelrod's latest addition to his Henry Kennis Mystery series, I did enjoy this almost, if not as much as I did the newest one. Apparentely, while choosing this book, without realizing it, I chose the first book instead of say the 4th or say the 2nd. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it. One of the reasons I gave it a 3 star instead of say 4 or 5 is partially due to me having trouble at times following along with conversations in the book, missing words, etc. Some people may say that they don't necessarily like a book like this to go back in time before proceeding to solve said crime. I however kind of enjoy this. I feel like it kind of gives a back story on the characters involved, or not involved. Just like in Nantucket Red Tickets, there definitely feels like a resolute conclusion to it all. The guilty party are apprehended, arrested, etc. The big suspects are cleared & unfortunately, in the case of this book, some relationships are ended as result of facts & clues that end up being loose ends. Overall IMO, a solid, good mostly easy to follow read & worth the time spent reading it.
i have lived on Nantucket and love to read anything about the island. However this book dealt with Realtors, carpenters, and super wealthy people, whose worlds were quite different from my own. Still, it was a fun read. take it to the beach this summer