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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (77 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Knopf Narrator: Keith Szarabajka Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mysteries Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781470801649
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Sailing back from Maine, Sam Acquillo, his girlfriend, Amanda Anselma, and screwball mutt Eddie Van Halen get blown off course by a dangerous gale. With damaged boat and frayed nerves, they limp into the closest harbor, which happens to be on Fishers Island, New York, a distant and altogether disassociated scrap of Long Island.

A summer preserve for the oldest old money in America, it is defended by year-round denizens who safeguard their island’s insularity with xenophobic fervor. Sam and Amanda are hardly welcomed with open arms, unless they’re the arms of the young and beautiful Anika Fey, daughter of the owner of the Black Swan, the island’s only hotel, who’s only too eager to fold Sam into her embrace.

But feminine wiles aren’t the only hazard faced by Sam and Amanda. They’re soon swept up in big-money intrigue, dark conspiracy, brutality, murder, and the machinations of high-tech millionaires, to say nothing of the autumn storms that lash the island with wind and wave.

In the years since losing everything, Sam has fought his way back to an existence that even he believes is worth preserving. And now, bad timing and a broken rudder could result in the greatest loss of all—his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When was the last time you fell in love with a murder mystery hero—and his dog—and didn’t want the novel to end because the narrative was so good?…And if you do know Chris Knopf’s four previous Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mysteries, two of which were finalists for the Connecticut Book Award, you’re still in for a treat with his latest, Black Swan.”

    NPR

  • “The vivid descriptions of an angry sea and the monster storm that strikes the island fairly dwarf the human threats facing Sam and Amanda.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Features two really fine set pieces—the initial storm at sea and a devastating hurricane—in which the reader can feel the sting of salt spray. A must for boat-loving crime-fiction fans.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 1/11/2014

    " Not really finished. just couldn't get into it. tried 3 times. might be good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 12/25/2013

    " A little far-fetched, but Sam and Amanda are quite engaging and he feels like a contemporary, which I like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DR | 11/12/2013

    " I have never liked or trusted Amanda, and I predict bad things for Sam where she's concerned. The first novel in this well-written series set in the blue-collar end of the Hamptons was a lucky recommendation from a friend who doesn't like mysteries. The first two were outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 6/29/2013

    " I thought that this book was good. Especially when you read the series in order without big breaks in between. It's definitley a read that I would read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Ziegler | 8/5/2012

    " Sam Acquillo and his girlfriend Amanda are sailing a friend's new boat home from Maine when they end up on Fisher Island where (surprise, surprise) there was another murder to solve. This is one of my favorites in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/19/2012

    " I've enjoyed this series and this one was, by far, my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 3/19/2011

    " I thought that this book was good. Especially when you read the series in order without big breaks in between. It's definitley a read that I would read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 3/15/2011

    " Thank you goodreads for chosing me to read your book. I can't wait to receive it. "

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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

Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’ Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates. He has also won seven Earphones Awards.