John Ceepak Mystery #8
"I didn't do it!" is something cops hear all the time. But when the plea comes from a friend who's fallen on hard times, it's tougher to ignore, especially for young Officer Danny Boyle.
It's the start of another action-packed summer for the wise-cracking Boyle and straight-arrow cop (now Chief of Detectives) John Ceepak down the Jersey Shore as they do their best to help Danny's friend, an attractive young nurse, who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault by a prestigious Sea Haven resident.
Ceepak's unshakable code of honor is tested when he trusts that the nurse is telling the truth. It's stretched to the limit when one of the nurse's home health care patients turns up dead. Now Ceepak and Danny must answer the hard and horrible question: "Did we just help a friend get away with murder?"
Get ready for another fun and fast-paced page-turner. And for one of the series' long-time characters to end up dead!
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Pegasus Books (Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co.), Hardcover, May 2013, ISBN: 978-1605984759
"Will Sea Haven have to trade in its status as a summer funland for the title of dysfunctional family capital of New Jersey? Ceepak and Boyle's eighth blasts the energy of a tilt-a-whirl into an offbeat procedural."
"Clever plotting and empathic characterization lift Grabenstein's eighth John Ceepak mystery...Grabenstein deftly mixes the flow of a standard police procedural with the complexity of smalltown personal and professional dynamics."