Short Squeeze by Chris Knopf
A Mystery (Jackie Swaitkowski Mysteries)

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The outside world thinks living in the Hamptons requires a Bentley, a face-lift, and a shingle-style home the size of Buckingham Palace. The truth is a lot more complicated than that. Dig a little deeper and you're as likely to find a saint--or a Mensa genius--as you are a deviant or certified nut job lurking right below the surface. I know this because these are my beloved clients. Meet Jackie Swaitkowski, a smart-aleck attorney whose legal turf is supposed to be the buzzing Hamptons real-estate market. But when a new client turns up dead, things take a sudden and decidedly dangerous turn. In a client's pocket is an envelope that contains a shocking piece of evidence that suggests that the death was anything but an accident. Jackie has bigger fish to fry--like her old flame Harry's surprise return to town--until a late-night car chase changes her priorities. Now she has every reason to believe that the next name on the killer's list is her own. Chris Knopf has been praised for his quick-witted writing and broad knowledge of the highs and lows of Hamptons life, and his books have been included on best-of-the-year lists complied by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and others. Now, in Short Squeeze, he brings an irresistible new heroine to center stage.

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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 January 12, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, but few can rival Sergey Pontecello, his sister-in-law Eunice Wolsonowicz, and her daughter Wendy and adopted son Oscar, aka Fuzzy.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Jackie Swaitkowski is a thirties-something real estate lawyer in Long Island's Hamptons, where real estate is a sacred calling.

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Nights and Weekends

Hamptons real estate attorney Jackie Swaitkowski doesn’t usually handle sticky family matters—so when Sergey Pontecello shows up at her office, asking for help in evicting his sister-in-law from his estate, she doesn’t really take him seriously.

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Review: Readers familiar with Chris Knopf's Sam Acquillo mysteries will recognize the character of his attorney, Jackie Swaitkowski, who is given her own series that starts with a new client who promptly turns up dead in Short Squeeze.

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Shine from Yahoo

Swaitkowski's environs may be as unruly as her perpetually frizzed-out, strawberry blonde hair, but hand the lady a mysterious client who winds up like 160 pounds of ground round in the middle of the road, and she's going to get to the bottom of the case, regardless of her cop friends' repeated c...

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