Two Time by Chris Knopf

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Sam Acquillo—ex-boxer, ex-corporate executive, and accidental hero of The Last Refuge—can't seem to stay out of trouble. All he really wants to do is hammer a few nails into his ramshackle cottage, drink a great deal of vodka, and hang out with his dog, Eddie. But when a car bomb outside a trendy waterfront restaurant kills a prominent financial consultant, injuring Sam and his lawyer friend, he is drawn into the investigation. Where the police have met roadblocks, Sam makes inroads with his trademark wit, instinct, and charm.

Set against the backdrop of Southampton, Long Island, Two Time is full of moody sunsets, beachfront properties, and beautiful people with an extraordinary amount of money and very dangerous secrets.


About Chris Knopf

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Chris Knopf is a principal of Mintz & Hoke, a marketing communications agency. A native of Philadelphia, educated in the U.S. and London, Knopf lives with his wife and their two wheaten terriers in Avon, Connecticut, and Southampton Village, Long Island. The Last Refuge is his first novel. Two Time will be published by Random House Canada in August 2006. "From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published June 26, 2006 by Permanent Press (NY). 261 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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So Sam, not satisfied with saving her life, decides to avenge the bombing by calling on Jonathan’s agoraphobic widow Appolonia and getting her to hire him, nominally to appraise Jonathan’s investment practice, but really to learn who closed it out.

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At the start of Knopf's super second mystery starring ex-boxer and retired engineer Sam Acquillo (after 2005's The Last Refuge ), Sam is enjoying a drink with a lady friend at an East Hampton restaurant when a nearby car and its driver are firebombed out of existence.

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Sam Acquillo, the misanthropic hero of Chris Knopf's second Southampton-set mystery, Two Time, has few goals in life — most of which revolve around working on his deck and guzzling gourmet coffee.

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Sam Acquillo drives a '67 Grand Prix, doesn't have an answering machine or email, and has retired from his corporate life as the head of R&D at what he calls a "hydrocarbon conglomerate" in order to do some part-time carpentry and live in the house he grew up in that sits on a bay in eastern Long...

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