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Designed to Kill (Greg McKenzie Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Chester D. Campbell
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Book Description

It's no vacation that brings Greg McKenzie and his wife, Jill, to the glistening white sand beaches at Perdido Key, FL. Architect Tim Gannon, son of the McKenzies' closest friends, is fouind dead of a gunshot wound. Self-inflicted, says the deputy who investigated, a clear case of remorse over a design flaw in a beachfront condo that caused a balcony collapse, killing two people. It looks otherwise to Greg and Jill, who find plans missing, an obstinate contractor, a too-slick developer, and an inspector angry over a disrupted love affair. After two hoods work him over, Greg realizes Jill is in danger, too, and if this is a murder case, he had better solve it without delay.

Editorial Reviews


"A thoroughly enjoyable mystery with an intelligent plot, clever clues, and characters like people you know." -- Philip Margolin, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Designed to Kill is everything you could want in a mystery: suspense, colorful characters, and a great surprise ending." -- Don Bruns, bestselling author Jamaica Blue

"Don’t ever go up in a highrise condominium with Chester Campbell. You may never come down. .. -- Don Bruns, bestselling author of JAMAICA BLUE and BARBADOS HEART

"Pleasant company in today’s crowded mystery genre. Confident writing style and finely-crafted characters make this a first rate read." -- John Hamilton Lewis, SAMSARA

"Readers wanting a great mystery need look no further than Chester Campbell’s Designed to Kill." -- Richard Sand, Hands of Vengeance

From the Author

This second book in my Greg McKenzie Mysteries series sets the stage for the retired Air Force investigator and his wife to join the ranks of professional private investigators.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1002 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Durban House Publishing; 1st edition (March 14, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012CZ63G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chester Campbell Delivers another Winner! April 7, 2007
In an age where you are afraid to recommend books to friends due to bad content, I can without reservation recommend this book to Mystery Lovers everywhere. A gripping novel with a fast-paced plot that will keep you guessing to the end. Chester Campbell has done it again!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine second effort! August 5, 2004
Chester D. Campbell is a consummate writer, and has spent his life penning pieces for newspapers, magazines, politicians, and the trades. His second career has been the military, where he served in two wars and retired from the Air Force Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is married, and has four children and eight grandchildren to dote upon.

Greg and Jill McKenzie are just recuperating from their first murder case. This is Greg's first case since he retired from his career as an OSI investigator and former lawman. Jill was kidnaped, and a resultant torn rotator cuff required the well known painful surgery and subsequent recuperation and physical therapy. But when their best friends' son, Tim Gannon, is found dead of an apparent self-inflicted wound the McKenzies spring into action. It seems that Tim's newly constructed condominium called "The Sand Castle"suffered a collapsed balcony and two hapless people plunged to their deaths. Tim is an architect whose plans for a beachfront condo called for reinforced rebar, but his plans have been stolen, and apparently the collapsed balcony failed. Greg and Jill gear up for what promises to be an extended investigation. Little do they know that they may become the hunted as they uncover shady dealings by almost everyone involved in the construction of the condo:

"'Tim had a copy with him down here. It's missing, too. He also had a laptop computer, which we found in our condo. The Sand Castle file had been erased from it. But Walt took the laptop back to Nashville and had a software recovery firm work with the machine. They recovered the file, so there's a copy of Tim's original specs available now. They show the larger rebars and the higher p.s.i. concrete, like Walt remembered.'"

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder and skullduggery... April 25, 2004
"With the darkness and the music, all the laughter and chatter, no one noticed the crack in the concrete."
If that opening line of the Prologue doesn't capture your attention and arouse your curiosity nothing will. What a portent to disaster. And it happens - the 15th floor balcony holding celebrants of the opening of The Sand Castle condominiums collapses. Unfortunately two of the revelers are plunged to their deaths, but a few people are saved. The local authorities decide the collapse was no accident and treat the area as a crime scene, much to the consternation of Tim Gannon, an Architect/Engineer who worked on the design of the building. He is stunned by the balcony collapse, but before Tim can look into the problem his body is found on a private beach area shot to death and the same authorities list his death as suicide.
Tim's parents are Sam and Wilma Gannon who have known Greg and Jill McKenzie for years. Being a father, Sam cannot accept the verdict of
Suicide handed down about Tim. Remembering that Greg is an ex-agent of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Sam requests that Greg find out the truth behind the events that happened. But since a security tape of the parking area of the club shows Tim's car and no one else, how did someone approach his car to shoot him? Greg really has his work cut out for him.
Greg and his helpful wife Jill embark on their own private investigation that leads them into danger to themselves. But Greg still has his sharp investigative talents and starts uncovering clues one by one. Some clues are dead ends, or Red Herrings we might call them, but apparently other leads are close enough for someone to hire two hefty goons-for-hire to beat-up Greg severely and leave him with the admonition to stop nosing around.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why do I love thee.... Let me count the ways.... June 19, 2013
By Dorothy
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This story is a rock solid winner! As I said in my title, I will list a few reasons.
1. Greg McKenzie has class. He has respect for his wife. He has respect period.
2. This mystery used brain to solve it and brutality, other than the bad guy hitting on him a couple times, next to know brutality.
3. Greg and his wife make a good working team.
4. The book keeps your attention from start to finish.
5. Greg is an older guy than your normal investigator, and I find this refreshing.
6. He is happily married which eliminates the need for all the descriptive sex scenes. Thank God for large favors.

This story is well written and flows well. I found it interesting and it kept my attention. The story is easy to follow. I started it and did not stop reading it until I was done.

The characters are well defined and easy to relate to. As you read the story, the characters unfold more and more until you know them as if they lived next door. You can relate to all the characters even if you don't like the crooked parts of them. I especially like Greg and Jill. I find it so very refreshing to read about older people being the lead characters.

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely! And I recommend it for all ages. (Now that is not often said!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A FABLE OF CONSTRUCTION
After reading my first, but not his first, novel, Mr. Campbell has kept me enthralled for hours trying to solve several questions in this enjoyable book. Read more
Published 4 days ago by A. Letalien
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
This book was hard to put down. It was captivating from the beginning to the end. I would definitely recommend this author again and again
Published 7 days ago by Donnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Back and Forth
This little mystery just kept going back and forth. Every time I figured it out, it changed directions. Well written with engaging characters, a very enjoyable read.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara A. Hajduk
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK
This was a very entertaining book. The story was fast paced and kept me guessing until the end. The plot was interesting. I recommend this book.
Jeanne Zabst
Published 1 month ago by jeanne zabst
5.0 out of 5 stars another good Greg McKenzie mystery
Greg and Jill are pulled into the fire again. While they investigate the apparent suicide of their best friends son, they become embroiled in murder and beatings and general... Read more
Published 1 month ago by srl
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish
Even as an avid reader, e could not get into this story. Perhaps it was me perhaps it was the storyline. Judge for yourself.
Published 2 months ago by Michele Storms aka: Stormdrac2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Loved Greg and Jill . Held reader's attention from first page. Clean, wholesome, presents values we all admire and profess as well as a great mystery with a very crooked... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jerry Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars A good story well-told
The writing in this book is the best I've seen in a while. I've come to expect errors and editing problems to at least a minor degree; in fact, I've quit commenting on the need for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lillian Ammann (Lillie)
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the list!
Easy reading fast moving difficult to put down once you start reading!
Published 3 months ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars No bad language
Not the best book I've read but interesting interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. I appreciated that it was a fairly clean book!
Published 3 months ago by Louise Pledge
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More About the Author

After following a snake-like career path that writhed about from newspapers to magazines to speechwriting to advertising to PR to association management, I settled on novel writing after retirement. I'm having a blast. My PI characters do things I'd never dare attempt. The reviewers love 'em, and so do the fans. Most of my stories are drawn from life, from all the weird and wonderful things that go on around me. Since I've been observing this for the last 88 years, there's no shortage of stuff to draw on. Lately I've finished work on a trilogy of Post Cold War political thrillers. The first, Beware the Jabberwock, and the second, The Poksu Conspiracy, are now joined by Book 3, Overture to Disaster. They're set in the early nineties, a time that arrived just after my retirement.

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