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.
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 … more
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 … more