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Double Take: a Hank Hammond, P.I. murder mystery (Hank Hammond, P.I. Murder Mysteries) Paperback – November 3, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Hank Hammond, P.I. Murder Mysteries
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466404345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466404342
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,027,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

I can neither confirm nor deny that I write under the name of J.P. David as a condition of my participation in the Federal Witness Protection Program. What I can say is that I write in a small mud adobe building set back from a dirt road on the outskirts of a city in a western state, that I am currently working on TRIPLE THREAT, the second book in the Hank Hammond P.I. series, as well as on the suspense thriller THE PROJECT. Both of these books will be released in 2012. I can also confirm that I have been employed in various assorted positions in more than three, but fewer than thirty states and that I have never technically been incarcerated unless you count the time I served in the vice principal’s office in Junior High. Editor's Note: In addition to the information above, J.P. David is a graduate of the California State University at Long Beach with a degree in creative writing, and has a business background that includes supervising a staff of investigators much like Hank Hammond, P.I. of the DOUBLE TAKE and TRIPLE THREAT murder mysteries. He is a former general coordinator of a Mystery Writers of America satellite and has been a presenter at both Left Coast Crime and Bouchercon. J.P. resides with his wife and their dog in a rustic mud adobe home that is frequented by coyotes, deer, javalenas, rabbits, squirrels, snakes, gila monsters, bobcats, and the occasional human. He is an active volunteer in the community, with a particular interest in health and caregiver issues. For more information, please visit j-p-david.com.

Customer Reviews

It's refreshing to read a novel without these things.
swp
Overall, I found this to be a very engaging book and once I started reading it, I found it was hard to put down!
DCBadal
Well developed plot, with interesting characters and some very funny dialogue that made me laugh out loud.
johnnyuke

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By bts on November 12, 2012
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Double Take is a great read. The hero, Hank Hammond is just a regular guy who seems to stumble his way to success, sometimes in spite of himself. Great characters, lots of action, a little humor and a delightful absence of profanity. If you like 1st person detective mysteries you should definitely check this one out.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Frederick on January 18, 2012
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Did you know you can warm up a pizza by tasering it repeatedly? This and other gems of modern private investigating work in today's Southern California are there for the taking in this funny, fast-moving mystery by J.P. David. I very much liked his lead character, Hank Hammond, a former store detective and before that football player, now carrying twenty pounds too much on his middle. Hammond is the right combination of cheerful and cynical, tough and tender as he chases around town after bad guys in a collection of classic cars. His all-knowing secretary, Lori, leads a cast of colorful secondary characters. I enjoyed this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Norman Moss on November 26, 2012
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Hank appears, at first to be a fledgling dummy who somehow, with Lori's help, figures it out. Keeps you guessing as to what he's going to get into next or if he'll figure out what's going on. I really liked it and look forward to read the next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Bradshaw on June 20, 2013
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A new job as private detective, may be a bad choice for this guy. However,due to his friends and very smart office receptionist, he may live for a new day. Funny and written totally from a single guys view of priorities. Enjoyed it thoroughly, but the bad (guy) or (girl) was predictable and was obvious to me almost as soon as I read this person's intro to the book. None the less, still enjoyed it and look forward to reading the sequel. I'm sure each plot will thicken and obvious choices of the guilty one will not be easy to see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terreciel on January 11, 2013
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This was a fun, frivolous detective story. Hank Hammond, former head of Security for a large department store, decides to go into business for himself as a private investigator. He buys a bag full of private eye gadgets from the local surveillance supply store, rents a closet of an office from an attorney, and goes about trying to find a client.

Hank's predicaments are often funny and sometimes outrageous. There are plenty of chuckles and occasional laugh-out-loud moments. Hank's character becomes more well-drawn as the story progresses. The rest of the supporting characters are well done. Except Lori.

****Spoilers***

Lori is Mr. Green's administrative assistant. Hank's rent includes having Lori take his phone calls and do some light filing etc. for Hank. Lori's character is never clear. She starts out as a smarmy perfect OCD b***h, who runs the office like a drill sarge and has no respect for Hank at all. Hank doesn't like Lori but he keeps telling her about his case, and ends up relying on her help. She becomes essentially his partner and her character does a complete change. Their relationship is antagonistic and then suddenly they are working together, with little to no development to account for this change.

Then there is elusive Mr. Green. He never makes an appearance in the story and Lori seems to cover up for his absence. I thought that this would work into the story in some way; perhaps Lori is actually Mr. Green. Perhaps there is no Mr. Green but he's a cover for Lori's real job (whatever that is). Maybe Lori is a PI too, as she's very adept at finding information and figuring ou clues. I thought this mystery was an opportunity that was never taken advantage of.

I really didn't like the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geckomac on January 5, 2013
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Exciting storyline that will hold your interest. I also was pleased that it did not contain wretched language, sex scenes or forensic details. Hank Hammond is a likeable character, with enough flaws to make him realistic, plus he is shown to have empathy toward others.
Very well written; you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By critters VINE VOICE on April 11, 2013
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This book is a laugh riot in every part, from the author's notes to the book itself. I wonder if this guy's this funny in real life??!!! Anyway, it's a most enjoyable read, and I'm off to check about some more...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Hill on January 6, 2013
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IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO NOT REVIEW THIS BOOK. I FOUND THE AUTHOR'S SENSE OF HUMOR TO BE VERY GOOD AS WELL AS THE PLOT. IT WAS RATHER SIMPLE IN THAT MOST OF THE VILLAINS WERE ALL CONNECTED TOO CLOSELY; HOWEVER, THE REFRESHING WAY HE WRITES IS WELL WORTH THE READ. I WOULD READ HIM AGAIN AND LIKE LORI.
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PLEASE NOTE:
DOUBLE TAKE (a Hank Hammond, P.I. mystery featuring Lori Reed) is the ONLY BOOK CURRENTLY AVAILABLE THAT IS WRITTEN BY THIS AUTHOR. Other books or ebooks that are being sold on Amazon or by other retailers by "J.P. David" are NOT WRITTEN BY THIS AUTHOR.
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I can neither confirm nor deny that I write under the name of J.P. David as a condition of my participation in the Federal Witness Protection Program. What I can say is that I write in a small mud adobe building set back from a dirt road on the outskirts of a city in a western state, that I am currently working with Hank and Lori on their next case.

I can also confirm that I have been employed in various assorted positions in more than three, but fewer than thirty states and that I have never technically been incarcerated unless you count the time I served in the vice principal's office in Junior High.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

In addition to the information above, J.P. David is a graduate of the California State University at Long Beach with a degree in creative writing, and has a business background that includes supervising a staff of investigators much like Hank Hammond. He is a former general coordinator of a Mystery Writers of America satellite and has been a presenter at both Left Coast Crime and Bouchercon.

J.P. resides in a rustic mud adobe home that is frequented by coyotes, deer, javalenas, rabbits, squirrels, snakes, gila monsters, bobcats, and the occasional human. He is an active volunteer in the community, with a particular interest in health and caregiver issues.