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Collateral Damage (Matt Royal Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

H. Terrell Griffin
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The quiet beauty of Longboat Key is shattered when a young groom is shot to death on the beach the day after his wedding. His father is an old army buddy of Matt Royal, and Matt tries to soften the anguish of his friend by finding his son's murderer. Matt's search takes on added complexity when there appears to be a link between this murder and three seemingly unrelated murders that occurred on board a dinner cruise on Sarasota Bay the same day. Fortunately for Matt, his old buddies, Logan Hamilton and Jock Algren, show up to cover his back and to help investigate. But this case rekindles haunting events of Matt's past and incites a web of doubt, deception, and even suspicion, among the closest of friends. When Longboat Key detective, Jennifer Diane (J.B.) Duncan joins the investigation, Matt loses a little focus as he drifts toward more than just a professional relationship. But this distraction could cost lives when they encounter a shady and very dangerous cabal .

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Matt Royal, a fiftysomething retired lawyer living in Florida, jumps in with both feet when an old army buddy (they served together in Vietnam) asks him to find out who murdered his son. But what do the apparently unrelated deaths of some people on board a cruise boat have to do with the case? Not to mention another murder, way off in North Dakota. Matt is an easygoing narrator; he tries to keep his lifestyle laid back, to match that of the Florida beach community where he lives, but it’s tricky when his old instincts kick in, and he’s back in crime-solving mode. Comparisons to John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee novels are natural, but it’s worth noting that the Matt Royal novels also fit comfortably on the shelf among the thrillers of Lescroart, Margolin, and Grippando. --David Pitt


"Griffin's sixth mystery featuring Florida lawyer Matt Royal (after 2010's Bitter Legacy) draws the reader in instantly by making clear that newlywed Jim Desmond, who's staying with his bride at the Hilton in Longboat Key, isn't long for this world. Sure enough, a sniper shoots Desmond while the honeymooner is jogging on the beach, the first in a series of mysterious killings. Desmond's father, Charles, an old Vietnam War buddy of Royal's, asks Royal to investigate his son's murder. The older Desmond aims to turn up some leads by filing a civil suit, though without a defendant, the strategy appears doomed from the outset. Royal tries to use his close, and increasingly closer, relationship with Longboat Key's lone (female) police detective, J.D. Duncan, to advance the probe. While the ending pulls some punches, the relatively sophisticated plotting makes this one of the better series entries." (Dec.) Subject: 10/10 PW Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1608090264
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 2 edition (December 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V1ZIY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trouble in paradise November 28, 2011
Trouble surrounds Matt Royal despite his residence in paradise. It seems that Florida's Longboat Key isn't paradisiacal for everyone. A young man is shot by a sniper while he's walking on the beach near the Hilton, just a day after his wedding. Then a dinner boat runs aground after nearly colliding with Royal's boat. Then the bodies of two more murder victims are discovered, both of whom had been passengers on the dinner boat. When a town resident is killed, it looks like a serial killer has invaded paradise. The killings aren't connected in any obvious way, leaving Royal's friend, Detective J.D. Duncan, without any obvious hope of solving the crimes. Then a former soldier from Royal's past shows up, the father of one of the victims, and Royal joins the search for the elusive killer. Every now and then another death occurs, leaving the reader, like Royal, to puzzle out the connection that links the murders.

Some aspects of the plot are hard to accept. Royal is a retired lawyer. The victim's father wants Royal to start a lawsuit -- against whom, he's not sure -- to help gather information against the murderer of his son. I found it difficult to believe that the police would willingly hand over their investigative file to him; giving open files concerning recent unsolved murders to private lawyers just isn't done. If you can suspend your disbelief in that regard, however, the story that follows is entertaining. It isn't particularly credible but that's standard for a thriller, and it's not much more difficult to believe than some newspaper stories.

The need to suspend disbelief isn't limited to the plot.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Escapist Mystery June 3, 2012
By Ethan
Matt Royal attracts trouble. No matter what he is doing, the retired lawyer always seems to find himself in intriguing and life-threatening situations. In Collateral Damage, the latest installment in author H. Terrell Griffins series, Matt Royal, once again, finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation and a conspiracy that could date all the way back the Vietnam War.

Longboat Key, Florida is a quiet coastal town that sees little excitement outside of the tourist season. When a young groom is shot while running along the beach, the town is shaken. That same evening, while fishing with his good friend Logan, Matt witnesses strange events on a dinner cruise boat, sailing by them, that leads to two other deaths. When he receives an unexpected contact from an old war buddy, whose son happened to be the young murdered groom, Matt promises to help investigates the murder, and searches for a connection between the shooting and the mysterious murders aboard the cruise.

As in the previous novel, the supporting characters help to keep the plot moving. Matt's best friend, Jock Algren, works for a secretive government agency that gives him practically unlimited resources to assist in the investigation. This James Bond like character, while highly unbelievable, works well within the world of the novel, and allows for an easy way for Matt to have some credibility as an investigator. The love interest, Longboat P.D. Detective J.D. Duncan, is written with a subtle touch, allowing the budding relationship to simmer throughout the novel, without falling into the stereotypes of most thriller love elements.

Griffin's love for the place and people of Florida permeates the novel, providing the fictional world with some much-needed reality. While the plot becomes a bit hard to follow at times, the story resolved nicely. This novel is a fun, escapist type read, that is sure to provide fans of mystery thriller novels with a great time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner. November 20, 2011
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Matt does it again. Another episode in the tales of Matt Royal and his buddies. Lots of action and intrigue. This one will keep you guessing until the end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair read April 6, 2013
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A fair summer afternoon's read. a little farfetched, like the diner waitress is a super hacker and his childhood friend reports directly to CIA Director and has all access to all things data, but a fine read w/ a drink on the beach.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Dialogue February 11, 2013
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This book uses poor dialogue to tell its story. I'd rather discover the plot as it progresses than have it explained to me in simple dialogue.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok September 6, 2012
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I'm a sucker for this type of mystery - a lawyer or investigator, boats, the water, Florida -- so I will read them all. But does it seem like Matt and friends spend an awful lot of time eating, drinking, stopping for coffee? Don't get me wrong, as I said, I will read them all -- the characters a likeable and I don't care if the plot is a little unrealistic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the story! June 15, 2014
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Collateral Damage was a great read. It was my first H. Terrell Griffin book and was a good purchase. I just ordered a second book in the Matt Royal Mystery series yesterday and looking forward to reading it as well.

I have always enjoyed an intriguing mystery/thriller with a bit of detective and attorney story lines weaving throughout, and this novel did not disappoint. The characters were well created and the story kept me guessing to the end. It also moves around the Southeast with excellent descriptions of the cities, history, and sights. I actually learned quite a bit about the South Florida area and the Bahamas. Terrific writing!

There is a little typo at the end of chapter sixty six. At one point Jock is called Jack. It actually made me back up a few pages to see if I missed a character. Might want to correct this. :o)

I would highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book but a bit slow
Ok story but moves along very slow. Too much unnecessary detail in the book. Had to push myself to finish it.
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Published 21 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book
A million gazillion stars. Enjoyed the book!
Published 2 days ago by GRAMAGABBY
4.0 out of 5 stars A mystery worth reading
A will written mystery with the usual interesting characters, lots of non-stop action, and a unexpected surprise ending. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot and I liked the people in the story
Interesting plot and I liked the people in the story. Just a little too much scenery describing that became repetitive.
Published 10 days ago by big red
5.0 out of 5 stars Collateral Damage
Excellent book really enjoyable and keeps you interested all throughout. I especially liked Jock's added involvement. Keep Matt Royal and buddies coming.
Published 11 days ago by Robert G. Claussen
4.0 out of 5 stars nice summer readimg
This was a good story. Entertaining. It is part of a series bit works well as a stand alone book.
Published 12 days ago by Pam Bruckman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by stephen stockwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Lived in that area many years ago and like reading good stories that take place in areas I know.
Published 14 days ago by Charmane Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the setting
Engaging mystery series. Love the setting.
Published 17 days ago by Marymarie B. Franklin
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More About the Author

I grew up in Waycross, Georgia and Sanford, Florida, and enlisted in the U.S. Army when I was seventeen years old. After three years of active duty, most of it in Europe, I began my studies at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and received degrees in history and law. I became a board certified trial lawyer and practiced law in Orlando, Florida for thirty-eight years. I wrote my first book, "Longboat Blues," the first of the Matt Royal series, in 2005. Since then, six more books in the series have been published, and the eighth one, "Found," will be released on November 13, 2013. I have just finished my ninth book, "The Assassin's Game," which is not part of the Matt Royal series, but introduces another protagonist named Ethan Fitzgerald.

I'm married to the former Jean Higgins of Macon, Georgia, and we have three sons and two grandchildren. We live in Maitland, a suburb of Orlando, and Longboat Key, Florida, where the Matt Royal series takes place. I invite you to visit my website at

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