Bad Bird by Chris Knopf
A Mystery

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Jackie Swaitkowski may not be the most buttoned-up lawyer in the Hamptons, but a plane crash before her very eyes is hard to miss.  Just before the struggling air taxi takes a nosedive, its female pilot tosses out a camera case.  To Jackie, the accident’s only witness, the case (so to speak) seems meant for her.

The camera's memory card holds an unusual set of photos.  Jackie recognizes more than a few of the faces in those pictures.  Are they telling her the story of the crash?  The pilot, a hard-nosed biker chick named Eugenie Birkson, came from a family tree filled with ex-cons, and boasted a passenger list packed with high society.  And Jackie soon learns that solving the mystery of Eugenie’s death will mean uncovering some dark secrets from her own past as well.

All this and a freshly revived romance with gentle giant Harry Goodlander, and Jackie yet again has her heart and her hands full.  

Award-winning mystery writer Chris Knopf returns to Southampton, a one-of-a-kind small town where the rich and the rest of us rub shoulders on a daily basis, generating all the frictions that might imply.


About Chris Knopf

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CHRIS KNOPF is the author of two previous Jackie Swaitkowski mysteries, Bad Bird and Short Squeeze, and the Sam Acquillo mystery series, including The Last Refuge, Two Time, Head Wounds (which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery), Hard Stop, and Black Swan, as well as the stand-alone novel Elysiana. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Avon, Connecticut, and Southampton, New York.
Published February 1, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 305 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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If you think Hamptons attorney Jackie Swaitkowski's first case (Short Squeeze, 2010) had everything but the kitchen sink, wait till you see her second.

Jan 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Bad Bird: A Mystery

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We're in the Hamptons, Southhampton to be specific, and as the book opens, hot-looking young female real estate lawyer-turned-criminal defense attorney Jackie Swaitkowski is chilling out by indulging in a favorite pastime, leaning on a fence and watching a group of show horses in the field.

Mar 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Bad Bird: A Mystery

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Review: Hamptons attorney Jackie Swaitkowski had stopped to feed some local horses a bit of sugared candy when a small airplane begins a slow, inexorable and uncontrolled descent from the skies into the field where she's standing in Bad Bird, the second mystery in this series by Chris Knopf.The p...

Feb 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Bad Bird: A Mystery

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This second Jackie Swaitkowski mystery novel comes up golden on all major fronts: setting, plot, felicity of style (including pacing and dialogue), and-- above all-- characterization.

Feb 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Bad Bird: A Mystery

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