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4.4 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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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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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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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book was definitely a page-turner. It appeals to the vengeful vigilante in all of us, crying out for "justice". The utterly rational actions of the protagonist keep things civilized enough that we can imagine ourselves in his place. The various scenarios the protagonist and his girlfriend create are a sometimes a stretch, but fun all the same. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire yarn.
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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I started this book by listening to the unabridged audio version, but completed the trip before finishing it. I quickly bought the Kindle version so I could finish it.

It's an interesting, well-told tale with plenty of unexpected turns. A great summer read!
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This book started off with a bang and quickly went down hill from there. The plot was convoluted and just simply didn't hold my interest. I liked the main character and his sense of humor, but that just wasn't enough. By the time I got to the end - speed reading the last half of the book - I didn't really care too much why the murder occurred. And that's a sad commentary from someone who really likes mysteries.
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