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Between a Smile and a Tear [Kindle Edition]

Robert Bucchianeri
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A blackmailing stripper. A self-help preaching hit man. A gangster with a penchant for leeches. The streets of San Francisco have never been so twisty as Jack Waters struggles with powerful and mysterious forces trying to destroy his family, his sanity, his life.

Another thrilling read from the author of Ransom Dreams, Acapella Blues, and Love Stings.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

My main character in Between a Smile and a Tear, Jack Waters, a successful novelist, is a recovering alcoholic coming to terms with the damage his drinking has caused to his family and friends. He's trying his best to make amends, but is it too late? Is it impossible to right some wrongs?

I've read a number of James Hall's antic thrillers set in Florida (primarily the Thorn books) with their wild and crazy bad guys and they inspired me to create my villain here: Wallace Unger. I tried to make him both humorous and scary, a counterpoint to the serious and darker action and themes of the novel.

Wallace is wild and crazy, funny and dumb, but also unpredictable and a dangerous antagonist made even more fearsome by his employer, the amoral gangster boss, NIck Ravelli.

This is a "bigger" novel than others that I have written, featuring multiple point-of-view characters, more subplots, a wider range including political and social forces impacting the characters, as well as a deeper attention to location and geography.

I've tried to make San Francisco a major character in its own right here. I grew up in the city and know it well, but supplemented that knowledge with research and maps and a couple of trips back to the Bay Area. I think San Francisco, in all of its beauty and mystery, comes alive in the novel and I hope you agree.

I put my heart and soul into this book and hope you feel that while you read.

Thanks for taking the time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lucky Bat Books (February 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EZYR80
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and credible March 29, 2012
By C. Mank
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I was between books and willing to look at something new, when I happened upon Bucchianeri's "Between A Smile And A Tear." I'm an avid reader, so my standards are high. This one didn't disappoint.

Writer Jack Waters has just tasted his first success, and is sorting out his troubled marriage, when he's sucker punched--seemingly out of the blue. What follows is a highly credible quest for answers by a man who slowly realizes that he must reexamine everything he trusts and believes in, complicated by his being unwittingly snared into a brutal criminal underworld.

I found this a solidly entertaining story. (It wouldn't make a bad movie. IKR! I should wash my mouth out with soap now!) The characters are fresh, complicated and yet authentic. The detail is rich enough to allow you to paint the scene in your imagination. Bucchianeri has a way with suspense--hooking you, drawing you in a little, letting you play out a bit, then drawing you in some more--keeping the line just so taut. Chapter by chapter, you weigh each potential outcome as new details surface.

In the end, he wraps it up credibly. All in all, a satisfying read! Bucchianeri is on my must-read list now.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Story March 21, 2012
By D. Waid
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Between a Smile and a Tear was not a bad story. It wasn't great either. It held my attention, Had me flipping the pages, to find out what was going to happen. But you know pretty fast who the bad guys are and who is trying to ruin Jacks life and why. But it is full of twists and turns, who to trust, and who shouldn't be trusted. For a writer Jack doesn't seem very smart. But it all ends the way it should. I received a copy of this in exchange for my review. I would say it was entertaining and good way to pass time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't love it... March 12, 2013
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Jack Waters is a writer, a recovering alcoholic, father and husband. Life is going okay until the day he is sitting having coffee, meets a fan, wakes up in a motel room, does not remember anything, and his whole life is turned upside down. Although it had decent reviews and the ending did surprise me, I just couldn't sink my teeth into this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this action-packed story September 13, 2012
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Jack Waters is a mystery writer who is enjoying some measure of celebrity and wealth. He is also a recovering alcoholic with a history of indiscretions. While his family is away, the final straw is broken as Jack's life becoming a roller coaster ride of emotions, misunderstandings and betrayals. All Jack wanted was to get his wife and son back. What he finds in the interim are bad guys hell-bend on separating him from his family and his money.

I was given a complimentary copy of Between a Smile and a Tear in exchange for my review. Well, every minute spent in reading this piece was my good fortune. All in all, I admired Jack's resolve to clear his name and get his family back together. I loathed the sociopathic bad guys with a vengeance. In fact, I sat in my seat yelling at the book's characters to *watch out* while shouting profanities at them. Yep, I found myself very interactive in the whole story. But that's just me. My 4 stars are only because of a few writing flukes that could have tightened the piece. Those maybe one or two unnecessary writing quirks were none too strange to put my finger on. And,that won't stop me from keeping Bucchianeri on my TBR list of authors to watch. I like his work. Hope you will too~!~.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into it. August 3, 2013
By Dog Mom
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Sorry but the beginning did not grab me. Jack was SUCH a cliche! An alcoholic writer with one best selling book who couldn't write sober? PLZ. The amount of money he supposedly got on a two-book deal was ludicrous. The author needs to start reading PW for a reality check. I almost stopped reading when the over-dressed chick picked him up in the coffee house but crossed my fingers and kept reading. Nope, it turned out exactly as I expected. I gave up and deleted this novel from my Kindle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Read February 18, 2013
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I enjoyed this book. For a new auther (for me) it was a book that held my attention. I love books that I want to take everywhere with me... so if I have a spare moment ... I can snatch a chapter or two. This was one of those kind of books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between a smile and a tear February 7, 2013
By Kate
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a book that made you keep reading to find out the next event. It also made you empathise with the character and become annoyed when things weren't going right. Well written and I would definitely recommend this book to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great story... almost ditched it January 24, 2013
By Mary
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this story would carry itself without the grossness in it. almost quit reading it because of the gore and rough edges. great convoluted plot/suprise ending... really wanted the girl to live at the end...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery in the City
Robert created a work that truly was a page turner. I could not put it down. All throughout the mystery, I kept wondering what the "secret" was that Sam had to tell. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Larry white
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!!
Loved this book! What a page turner I couldn't put this book down. If you are looking for a really great mystery this is the book for you. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lori B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Between a Smile and a Tear
Between a Smile and a Tear by Robert Bucchianeri

Jack Waters is an alcoholic Author trying to stay sober. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sheri A. Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Ending
This book was a page turner for me -- until the end. I felt like the end of chapter 59 was just dropped. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dar
2.0 out of 5 stars pass for me
I started this one and then removed it from my kindle. It's not terrible, It just dio not engage my attention.
Published 18 months ago by Mary J. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Trite and boring.
I can honestly say that this book was so bad, I could not finish it. It did not hold my interest, I did not care what happened to any of the characters.
Published 19 months ago by NancyLynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I found this book entertaining. It had a lot of twists and turns with a surprising ending. It wasn't a page turned but it was well written and worth reading.
Published 19 months ago by Melanie J. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!!!!!!
Couldnt read it fast enough, great characters and their stories were enough for me to stop everythng I was doing and find out what happens to them....
Published 19 months ago by Maryann in Newark
4.0 out of 5 stars Blackmail, Deceit and Truth
This story follows a path of blackmail, corruption, lies, desperation and a search to prove the truth before it's too late. Read more
Published 19 months ago by SVM
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, a true page turner!
There was never a dull moment in this book! Each character was a story all on their own, I could not put it down. And the ending caught me totally off guard. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mitcht
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More About the Author

Robert Bucchianeri is the author of the suspense thriller, Between a Smile and a Tear, the psychological thriller, Ransom Dreams, the rock n'roll mystery, Acapella Blues, as well as the sunlit noir, Love Stings. He is also the author of several books for young people, including the Django Jagger series of adventure novels, and The Watch That Could Do Anything. He can be found roaming the byways and bogs on Cape Cod where he lives with his wife, son, and incredibly charming puppy, Buddy.

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