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Head Wounds
Head Wounds
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  “Ex-boxer and former corporate exec Sam Acquillo, now a hard-drinking carpenter living in a run-down cottage in Southampton, N.Y., becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a local builder in Knopf’s superb third Hamptons mystery (after Two Time and The Last Refuge.)  Knopf excels in describing the rustic underpinnings of Long Island’s east end, especially its vast array of eccentric characters. Brisk pacing and sharp dialogue carry the reader along, but it’s the endearing and deeply flawed Acquillo that’s the heart and soul of this exceptional series.”   —Publishers Weekly
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  “Ex-boxer and former corporate exec Sam Acquillo, now a hard-drinking carpenter living in a run-down cottage in Southampton, N.Y., becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a local builder in Knopf’s superb third Hamptons mystery (after Two Time and The Last Refuge.)  Knopf excels in describing the rustic underpinnings of Long Island’s east end, especially its vast array of eccentric characters. Brisk pacing and sharp dialogue carry the reader along, but it’s the endearing and deeply flawed Acquillo that’s the heart and soul of this exceptional series.”   —Publishers Weekly

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The evening started innocently enough, Amanda’s outfit notwithstanding.It was dinnertime at the big place on Main Street in Southampton Village.  Winter and early spring had been colder than usual, until around April when it snapped out of it and turned into July, at least for a week.  The place had a full wall of mahogany doors that opened to the street, so you could feel like you were eating on the sidewalk and still be within the confines of the restaurant.  For the first time that year they were swung open to catch the inaugural sea breeze, rich with oxygen and hopeful expectations.  The warm weather had the row of tables next to the big open doors in such demand they could have been traded on the commodities market.  This being Southampton, probably half the guys in the place knew how to do that.   All I knew how to do was bring along Amanda, which usually guaranteed the most prominent table in the joint.The other people there were locals like me who’d suffered the lousy weather with heads down and shoulders braced against the wind.  Working people who knew they were forever living at the edge of possibility, with catastrophe and redemption within easy walking distance. 

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About Chris

Chris Knopf writes the Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery series.

The Boston Globe said about Head Wounds:What makes the novel feel fresh is whip-smart, snappy dialogue and intriguing characters.” Publishers Weekly chose Two Time as a “...

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