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A book by Chris Grabenstein

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  • Jan 6, 2012
Danny Boyle is age 24 and a part time summer employee at the Sea Haven Police Department. He wants to earn enough money during the day to party with his friends on the beach, at night.

Danny is with fellow officer, John Ceepak, a former MP recently returned from Iraq. As they are at a coffee shop, a young teenage girl screams that her father has been murdered. The shooting occurred at the Tilt-A-Whirl ride at the Sea Haven amusement park.

Ceepak has extensive investigatory training from being an MP but his superiors don't listen to his opinions so he and Boyle launch their own investigation.

Ceepak is a humorous character in the image of Joe Friday from TV and the movie, Dragnet.  He seems to know the answers of the people he's interviewing before they do. I imagine him saying, "Just the facts, mam."

The characters are humorously portrayed and purposely stereotypical in this witty crime spoof, from the uneducated, muscle bound criminal to the inept police investigator who drops a McDonald's wrapper at the crime scene.

The writing is reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen and when the reader realizes that this is a spoof, they can observe the author's creativity.

I found the story to be a fun read and very entertaining.

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review by . July 25, 2009
Sea Haven, New Jersey is an eighteen mile long barrier island consisting of motels, beach houses, bait shops, etc. For twenty-four year old Danny Boyle it is home and he works part time as an unarmed summer cop who helps with the influx of tourists in the muggy summer months. He just never expected to work a murder scene.    But, that is exactly what quickly happens because Danny also serves as the driver for John Ceepak. Ceepak used to be a military policeman, spent time in …
review by . November 04, 2007
Danny Boyle, part-time cop for the Sea Haven, New Jersey police department, has been partnered for the summer with John Ceepak, former military policeman in Iraq. Danny is bemused by Ceepak, a man of integrity and principles, who lives by what Danny calls the Code, meaning he does not break the law or bend rules in any way. Reginald Hart, a billionaire businessman, is shot at point blank while talking to his daughter on the Turtle Tilt a Whirl in their small town's amusement park. Since Danny and …
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An unusual setting (Sea Haven, a summer resort in an unnamed state that sounds a lot like New Jersey) and two police protagonists with contrasting personalities lift Grabenstein's debut mystery. A former military policeman in Iraq, John Ceepak has brought his considerable physical strength, crime-solving skills and morality to the beachside town; "a cop 24/7," he spends his spare time reading about forensics and watching true-crime shows on TV. Assisting Ceepak is 24-year-old Danny Boyle, a part-time summer cop who joined the force largely to impress college girls. The only thing they have in common is a love for Bruce Springsteen. But the murder of a Trump-like real estate magnate, knifed to death while meeting his young daughter at the town's sleazy amusement park, brings the unlikely pair of police officers closer together. Boyle's first-person narration can occasionally sound too cute for comfort, but his increasing respect for police work in general and Ceepak's combination of abilities in particular provide a good deal of the book's satisfaction.
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ISBN-10: 0786717815
ISBN-13: 978-0786717811
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Carroll & Graf

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