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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The Permanent Press (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579622836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579622831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Arthur Cathcart considered himself a lucky man. A self-proclaimed nerd and a meticulous market researcher, he somehow won the affections of the lovely Florencia, owner of an insurance-brokerage firm, and their marriage was solid and happy, built on mutual respect, admiration, and love. Then his world implodes. He survives the carnage but decides to let the world assume he’s dead, the better to stay safe while he tries to discover what happened and who’s responsible. Knopf, whose Hamptons-based series featuring Sam Acquillo and Jackie Swaitkowski effectively mixes comedy and mystery, goes a different way here, with a high-energy, very savvy thriller. Connecticut-based Cathcart has no time for police procedure and instead acts on his instincts, using his research skills to help him find the way and even becoming a badass when necessary. While some of Cathcart’s self-assuredness as an action hero seems a bit of a stretch, the novel generates enormous tension, and the mild-mannered number-cruncher is definitely an appealing hero. It’s unclear if the novel is intended to be a stand-alone, or if it will launch a new series, but we’d very much like to see more of the engaging Cathcart. --Leon Wagner

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"Knopf's tale is suspenseful from the get-go, with an intellectual, yet visceral, vigilantism coursing through the pages. In a major change in direction, the author of the "Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mysteries" (Black Swan; Hard Stop) never misses an angle and manages to weave a bit of humor into a storyline that could have been purely dark. This bodes well for a really good series and is reminiscent of Richard Stark's (aka Donald Westlake) Parker novels with a dose of Grosse Pointe Blank." --Library Journal, starred review --Library Journal

"An absorbing update of the classic film, D.O.A., that finds its author so completely in the zone that not a word is wasted, and the story seems to unfold itself without human assistance." --Kirkus, starred review

"Dead Anyway is a perfectly rendered murder mystery with enough unpredictable twists and turns to satisfy even the most hardened aficionado of the genre...Dry humor is scattered throughout. This offbeat story told in the first-person is executed with faultless page-turner pacing and panache." --NY Journal of Books --NY Journal of Books

"This book should be on your reading list. It s that good. It s amazing in what it details about digital financial hanky panky... Expect a literate, witty murder mystery and some sly comments along the way about the social and criminal scene in Connecticut... Fun book. Take notes." --Joan Baum, NPR

"Knopf is not a mainstream novelist; he is different, resolutely insouciant. And Dead Anyway is a preposterous story beginning with a woman and her husband being shot in the head while sitting at home on their sofa... But nobody dislikes a revenge story, and this is a beaut. Knopf is clever, meticulous and patient... Dead Anyway is the quintessential whodunit." --Durango Herald

"With Dead Anyway, Chris Knopf has achieved a creative resurgence. Arthur Cathcart is an everyman and no man at once, and the unbridled desire for truth and vengeance that motivates his every move will resonate deeply with readers. Further, the writing is absolutely relentless, both in its action and emotional breadth, and Knopf masterfully infuses some of his trademark quirk and humor. The book is entirely satisfying as a stand-alone, but the obvious potential for future installments is almost as thrilling as the near three-hundred pages that set up that possibility..."--Hartford Books Examiner

"Dead Anyway is one of those deceptive thrillers that seems to suck you in at the beginning and spit you out at the end, leaving you breathless with admiration for a job well done. It s really difficult to write a revenge novel that comes out feeling fresh, but much to my pleasurable surprise, Chris Knopf has managed to do just that... This is not only a great thriller, but also a study manual on how to disappear, find the bad guys, kill the ones you don't like, and prosper." --Sacramento Book Review

More About the Author

Chris Knopf is the author of Dead Anyway (winner of the 2013 Nero Award), Cries of the Lost 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.

Chris has been writing himself out of trouble since he talked a teacher into accepting a short story in lieu of an essay, and an essay in lieu of a multiple choice exam. A college professor wrote a comment on a friend's paper that would have also applied to him: "You write well, which is good because you have very little command of the subject matter."

To support his fiction habit he started working in marketing communications. That evolved into a career as an advertising copywriter and later a creative director at Mintz & Hoke Advertising and PR, which he and his wife Mary Farrell took over in 2000.

His preferred environment involves a lot of saltwater, having summered as a youth on the Jersey Shore. He lives with his wife Mary Farrell in Connecticut and Southampton, NY, where he sets sail on the Little Peconic Bay.

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In spite of lot of very complicated details, the plot was easy to follow, and all in all, the book was a quick read.
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Throughout he keeps a sense of humor, and there are some wonderful secondary characters.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Smith on September 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dead Anyway by Chris Knopf is a fun read. It is quick and easy and always interesting. It is no doubt a page turner in the true sense and could make a great series. The main character is a professional researcher. One day he comes home to find his wife and a stranger. The stranger makes his wife sign some papers and then shoots them both in the head. The main protagonist,Arthur Cathcart, lives and decides to fake his death. He then goes into pursuit of the person who killed his wife. It is very interesting to see how he goes about finding the killer though it does seem kind of too easy for him to track the culprit down. In fact, that is my only complaint. I hope any other books would find him being tested a bit more. Other than that, the book is a fun and quick read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on December 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dead Anyway grabbed my attention from page one, and I was mesmerized by the protagonist's ingenious solution to investigating his wife's death. Knopf has created a masterpiece of a revenge fantasy. The writing is very high-quality and I was fascinated by the details of how someone can exist below the radar in the digital age! This is a great addition to the crime/thriller genre.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C. Mahieu on November 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
At the end of "Dead Anyway" there is one thread left hanging, a thread that didn't really matter to me, but it does to our protagonist so the book ends on his promise to pursue it, i.e., in another book(?), ergo a series is born. The basic plot here is very much that of a stand-alone novel, and a series just doesn't make sense to me. And our hero comes to a similar, yet more critical decision point at the mid point of this novel, ie, to carry on or drop this whole thing, a decision point presented by the revelation of information that shakes his basic assumptions not only about this case, but also about his family life, and he decides to take the fork that makes absolutely no sense to me, namely to continue pursuit of the mysterious crime boss behind this . This book has been pitched as an exploration of how someone can make his identity disappear and then create a new one - which to me sounded very intriguing - and I had read Knopf's "The Last Refuge", enjoyed it much, so I was confident that "Dead Anyway" would be a winner. It's a solid 3 stars but not as good as I was hoping. As I should have expected, most of the identity work is computer based and after a while it got a bit boring. Our hero, Arthur, recovers from his wounds, and plots his future plans but not with the passion and emotion surrounding the loss of a wife, the blood lust for revenge, the hate for someone who has invaded his life and home etc. Arthur is an analytic, but so am I , and even we analytics can show a good bit more feeling than Arthur aka Alex aka Auric. Arthur is after some really bad people here, very bad, very violent types, and a true analytic would likely weigh all the probabilities of success, measure possible outcomes and payoffs, then pick up his chips and go home - which he actually does after a low stakes blackjack game. So I'll read book two in Knopf's very good Sam Acquillo series (recommended), but not book two in this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. McCoy on August 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A man and his wife are targeted by a killer and left for dead. He survives and decides to extend the illusion that he's dead, and to use his skills to track down the people who did it. Along the way, he makes uneasy friendships that may or may not help him out.

Arthur Cathcart is aided by his sister. He keeps up a series of disguises and meets with FBI agents and reporters and gangsters. There are some great characters in the book. My favorite was a Bosnian gangster named Little Boy. It's all a little over the top, but not completely unbelievable. There were times when I wasn't sure which way the story was going to go.

Chris Knopf writes a tight thriller that kept me turning pages and wondering what was going to happen next. I've always like a good heist or con man story, and while this isn't either, it had the same feeling of a protagonist that manages to stay one step ahead of the game. It was a lot of fun to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kay on October 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Although this book sounds dark, it's actually not. It's
a cleverly written novel about justice, rising from the ashes, and triumph of the human spirit. The book starts off with utter devastation but quickly turns around, showing a gritty, determined, and resourceful protagonist who perseveres and never gives up. It has some light hearted moments as well as romance, and it echoes Paul Doiron's insight from Trespasser that "you never really know someone until your relationship with them is over." This was the freshest and best book I read in all of 2012!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Bishop on December 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The new Chris Knopf book DEAD ANYWAY is a facinating read. Ir has an original premice , good writing, and well drawn characters
Warning .. read crefully it's plot is as intertwined as a Gordion Knot. But Knopf has me hooked.
While waiting for the sequel to this book to come out in 2013 I intend go back and read his earlier Hampton set novels which I had somehow missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Razorfish on November 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In Dead Anyway, Knopf's protagonist, Arthur Cathcart, joins the pantheon of literary and cinematic heroes who evolve from tragic victim to ruthless avenger. Cathcart's quest for truth and revenge provides the pathway toward his discovery and ours of the darker elements of his character. We expect him to be tenaciously analytical, but with each new chapter he reveals an unexpected cunning and courage and an increasing capacity for violence. The plot is lightened, too, by a romantic subplot and by Knopf's typical sardonic humor. A compelling story, well wrought and well written.
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