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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (66 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Knopf Narrator: Deanna Hurst Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jackie Swaitkowski Mysteries Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781482980196
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Jackie Swaitkowski investigates the death of a female pilot who had a family tree filled with ex-cons and a passenger list packed with Hamptons high society. Just before Eugenie Conklin’s plane took a nosedive, she tossed out a camera case that held an unusual set of photos. While defending Eugenie’s husband during the accident investigation, Jackie realizes that she recognizes more than a few of the faces in those pictures. They may be able to prove her client’s innocence but Jackie soon learns that to find the answer to Eugenie’s death will mean uncovering a mystery from her own family’s past as well.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With an ability to make the shocking plausible, an elegantly edgy prose style, and characters who seem as real as old friends, Knopf displays his talents to perfect effect in this humane and haunting novel.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “A rollicking tale with lots of twists and turns, adding up to a great deal of enjoyment.”

    Washington Times

  • “Engaging…The excellent supporting cast…provide[s] valuable assistance when Jackie’s efforts stir up threats. Domestic problems and Homeland Security issues enliven a plot with slick twists that should keep readers switching their bets to the very end.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jackie, a lawyer inclined to skirt the law, is persistent to the point of bullheadedness and sometimes too fearless for her own good. Readers may want to scream warnings to her in the suspenseful final pages of this fine hard-boiled crime novel, which effectively combines action and introspection.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patricia | 12/8/2013

    " Couldn't finish. Not worth the effort! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 10/17/2013

    " As always, a really enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/12/2013

    " Good fun mystery novel with a well thought out story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/6/2013

    " Solid with a good twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Probibliophile | 9/16/2012

    " The rueful substance abusing protagonist Jackie makes this book well worth reading. Plus, the plotting was very good. Even though I have read many many mysteries, I didn't guess who did it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/27/2012

    " I thought it was pretty good but the ending left me confused. It had a little humor in it and a good plot but it seemed like the author wasn't sure how to wrap it all up in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Hebert | 10/30/2011

    " protagonist jackie. a real estate lawyer in the hamptons with a propensity to get involved in murder, is a funny, tough, wise cracking, herione, much in the vein of sue grafton's kinsey malhone. I hate to admit it, but at times she's even funnier and gutsier. a fun easy read for mystery fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DR | 9/15/2011

    " Sam Acquillo's wacky, wire-haired lawyer is stealing me away from the original hero of the four Hamptons Mysteries. The only downside to a focus on Jackie is missing Sam's incomparable canine companion, Eddie Van Halen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Cunningham | 8/15/2011

    " Another great read! I always enjoy Chris Knopf's work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 7/26/2011

    " I tried hard. I listened to 3/4ths of it but honestly quit caring after the first quarter. I just kept hoping it would get better. The book was blah and the reader was not at all interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 7/5/2011

    " Interesting whodunit. Not wild about the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 6/12/2011

    " Humorous but complicated mystery featuring a Long Island lawyer who observes a woman throwing a case out of her airplane before it crashes. I really liked the main character and her dialogue with various, mostly men that help/hinder her investigations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 5/3/2011

    " Humorous but complicated mystery featuring a Long Island lawyer who observes a woman throwing a case out of her airplane before it crashes. I really liked the main character and her dialogue with various, mostly men that help/hinder her investigations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 4/16/2011

    " I thought it was pretty good but the ending left me confused. It had a little humor in it and a good plot but it seemed like the author wasn't sure how to wrap it all up in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 3/11/2011

    " Solid with a good twist at the end. "

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About the Author

Chris Knopf’s mystery novels have received exceptional awards and accolades, with critics likening his character Sam Aquillo to Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, and Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, while repeatedly comparing Knopf’s work to that of Elmore Leonard, John D. MacDonald, and Ross Macdonald. Two Time was one of thirteen mysteries listed as recommended summer reading in the New York Times Book Review, and Publishers Weekly chose it as one of the “Best 100 Books for 2006.” Head Wounds won the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery. Dead Anyway was listed on the 2012 Best Fiction lists of both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Knopf is a sailor, cabinetmaker, and advertising executive in Connecticut. He and his wife Mary also spend considerable time at their Long Island home in Southampton.

About the Narrator

Deanna Hurst is an actress, voice-over artist, and singer-songwriter. She has performed on stages throughout the United States, and her television credits include Judging Amy, Hunter, and Silk Stalkings. She has voiced hundreds of commercials for radio and television. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs.