Add to Wishlist. USD 0. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. This debut hits just the right tone, melding a multilayered plot that is equally action-packed and poignant, hard-hitting and funny, sarcastic and serious, sometimes all in the same paragraph. Instead, Ceepak heads up the murder investigation.
He is partnered with Danny Boyle, a year-old, part-time cop who doesn't carry a gun and only works with the police by day so he has enough pocket money to play with his beach buddies by night. In the first novel in a new series with echoes of Carl Hiaasen and John D. MacDonald, the Tilt-A-Whirl murder pushes Ceepak's deep sense of honor to the limits as unexpected twists and turns keep the truth spinning wildly in every direction. Billed as the first entry in Grabenstein's Jersey Shore series, the story is set in Sea Haven, a town that will stir memories for East Coasters who went "down the Shore" each summer.
The story centers on the murder of real-estate tycoon Reggie Hart, who was shot in front of his teenage daughter, Ashley.
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Danny Boyle, a year-old "summer cop" encounters the hysterical girl while on patrol with his partner, John Ceepak, an ex-soldier who has returned from Iraq with some demons left to exorcise. Although Grabenstein crafts a first-rate mystery, what makes this novel special is its two protagonists. With young Boyle narrating, the reader gets to know Ceepak gradually, through his partner's eyes. At first Ceepak's personal code of honor only amuses or annoys the cynical Boyle. But as he and we get to know the former soldier, the portrait of a true hero emerges.
Grabenstein brilliantly evokes the endearing seediness of a Jersey Shore town in summer but it's his development of the Ceepak-Boyle relationship that makes this an absolute triumph.
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This debut from former advertising executive Chris Grabenstein hits just the right tone, melding a multilayered plot that is equally action-packed and poignant, hard-hitting and funny, sarcastic and serious, sometimes all in the same paragraph. The ending is as unexpected and shocking as a ride on the actual contraption, and the denouement is sure to leave readers with a glow. Two thumbs up; You go, Grabenstein!
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There's plenty of fizz in the chemistry between the two protagonists to keep the novel and the reader spinning. Ceepak and Boyle are likable characters, and Grabenstein's vision of the Jersey shore is priceless. A wealth of characters with more depth than the genre often offers.
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Tilt-a-Whirl (John Ceepak Series #1)
Add To List. There isn't much sun in the fun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-A-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. The job offer came from an old army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.
He is partnered with Danny Boyle, a year-old, part-time summer cop who doesn't carry a gun and only works with the police by day so he has enough pocket money left over to play with his beach buddies by night. In the first novel in a new series written in the spirit of Carl Hiaasen's work, the Tilt-A-Whirl murder pushes Ceepak's deep sense of honor and integrity to the limits as unexpected twists and turns keep the truth spinning wildly in every direction. Also in This Series. More Like This. More Copies In Prospector. Loading Prospector Copies Table of Contents. Loading Table Of Contents Loading Excerpt Detective and mystery stories Mystery fiction New Jersey -- Fiction.