Helpless by Daniel Palmer

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From the acclaimed author of Delirious comes a fast-paced, electrifying, and timely thriller where the greatest threats lie beneath a small town's peaceful veneer. . .

Tom Hawkins is an ex-Navy Seal turned high-school soccer coach, struggling to forge a good relationship with his teenage daughter, Jill. It's no easy task given the poisonous influence of his ex-wife, Kelly. It gets even tougher when Kelly is found dead in suspicious circumstances.

"If Palmer's second thriller doesn't generate tingling spinal columns, then nothing will." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Moving back to Shilo, New Hampshire, to raise Jill, Tom ignores the whispers about his possible involvement in Kelly's death. Then an anonymous blog post accuses him of having an affair with one of his young players. As the allegations escalate to shocking proportions, implicating him in a sexting ring, Tom realizes he's being targeted by insidious, elusive enemies. Now the only way to protect his daughter is to reckon with the secrets in his past and unravel a web of greed, betrayal, and desperation that stretches far wider than he could have ever imagined. . .

"Palmer scores again with a terrific thriller that has it all." –Library Journal (starred review)

"A compelling and deeply puzzling thriller." --The Associated Press

"Warning: once you start reading this novel, you will not stop!" --Lisa Gardner

"Slam-dunk readable." --Andrew Gross

"A high speed thriller." --Lisa Scottoline


About Daniel Palmer

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Daniel Palmer spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer, helping to build first generation websites for Barnes & Noble and other popular brands. An experienced musician and songwriter, Daniel has recorded two CDs and licensed his songs for commercial use. A graduate of Boston University, Daniel lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.
Published March 26, 2013 by Pinnacle Books. 529 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Following his ex-wife's murder, things go from terrible to worse for New Hampshire high-school soccer coach Tom Hawkins, who is falsely implicated in a child-pornography ring, accused of sleeping with his 16-year-old daughter Jill's best friend and targeted by an old military pal who was involved...

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The photo becomes a metaphorical chicken whose Internet spawn come home to roost not just in Lindsey’s backyard but in the backyards of her soccer coach, divorced dad Tom Hawkins;

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The police officer, a hard-nosed, no-nonsense cop named Brendan Murphy, immediately suspects Tom of foul play, and it doesn’t help Tom that he has an alibi but no proof of it.

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Tom Hawkins is a former Navy SEAL who is battling his ex-wife, Kelly, for visitation rights with his daughter, Jill, who wants nothing to do with him.

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