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Killer Swell: A Noah Braddock Novel (Noah Braddock Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Shelby
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

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From Publishers Weekly

Smart-talking, wisecracking Noah Braddock, a surfing San Diego PI, doesn't catch any huge waves in his debut, but neither does he wipe out. Braddock is reluctant to meet his newest prospective client, Marilyn Crier, because she's the mother of his high school sweetheart, Kate; he hasn't forgotten how the wealthy Criers tried desperately—and successfully—to break up him and Kate. But Kate, now married, is missing, and Marilyn plays on his old feelings for her daughter to get him to take the case. Braddock finds Kate rather quickly, but not soon enough. Then he sets out to find out what happened to her in the dozen years since he last saw her. Drugs and drug lords, Feds and cops, as well as Kate's parents, sister and husband, all work to complicate the puzzle. Shelby handles the surf scene with finesse, avoiding high drama while providing entertaining background. If the verbal banter seems a bit forced at times, Braddock proves to be tough enough to keep going against the odds. Good action and a surprise plot twist make it a safe bet that Braddock will return.
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"Good action and a surprise plot twist make it a safe bet that Braddock will return."
-- Publishers Weekly (Publisher's Weekly )

Product Details

  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (June 6, 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0010SB6OU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific debut June 23, 2005
I've been mourning the loss of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee, beach bum and knight errant, since MacDonald passed away.

Finally, someone worthy enough came along to fill in that void.

Shelby has written the perfect PI novel, and the best debut of the year. Noah Braddock has got style, wit, and guts to spare.

If you love mysteries, you can't go wrong with this one. And if you love private eyes, you'll discover a new hero.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Laid Back Surfer Mystery July 21, 2006
By Lisa B.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Considering the surfer theme, I thought this was going to be somewhat of a take-off on Richard Barre's Wil Hardesty. Noah Braddock is nothing like Wil Hardesty and I still loved the book. Publisher's Weekly's review said that "the verbal banter seems a bit forced at times" and another review commented on the "tough guy posturing" which I admit gave me pause before buying the book. I wasn't rolling on the floor, but the dialogue between Noah and his six-foot-nine friend Carter and with other characters was hilarious. The story throughout flowed easily, even while going back into Noah's past; the characters were easy to keep straight and while I guessed the murderer towards the end, it certainly wasn't obvious. In short, Killer Swell provided what I most look for in a mystery -- pure entertainment with a backbone. I plan on buying Jeff Shelby's newly released book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Debut August 13, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm always thrilled when I find a first novel, particularly one in a series, and this book was worth checking out. Its protagonist is Noah Braddock, a not-overly-ambitious private eye who lives in San Diego and loves to surf. Though he did hit the waves a couple of times, the surfing aspect had very little to do with the story, other than helping to define Noah's character.

Noah is shocked when the mother of his high school girlfriend shows up and asks him to find her. Noah and Kate Crier had dated for a year before Kate ended it when she left for college at Princeton. Noah hadn't seen her since, but he hadn't forgotten her, and when she winds up dead, he will stop at nothing to find her killer. Over the intervening years, Kate had changed from the woman Noah remembered, even developing a drug addiction and getting in trouble with the law. Noah winds up meeting some interesting individuals on the wrong side of the law, as well, when he begins his investigation.

Noah's best friend Carter is big and very loyal, as well as having connections on the seedy side. Noah's ex-girlfriend Liz is the homicide detective who draws Kate Crier's case, and the two of them play well off one another. There are a few other well-drawn side characters, as well, the best being crime boss Costilla, who meets Noah in strange places.

This book stars a likeable cast of characters and features a pretty decent murder mystery, as well. Like many other series, this one has a hook--surfing--but aside from its San Diego setting, the surfing aspect was very minor and had nothing to do with the story. There were no tense moments on the waves, nobody chased the hero on the water, and the mystery had nothing to do with surfing. It simply stars a hero who likes to unwind on a board.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun beach noir June 28, 2005
In Mission Beach, California while meeting wealthy Marilyn Crier, surfer private investigator Noah Braddock thinks back eleven years ago when he dated her daughter Kate, but the mother ended the relationship like an avenging angel. Now Marilyn wants to hire Noah to find her missing daughter who failed to meet her spouse Randall Tower at the San Francisco Airport as planned. Noah wants to say no even when Marilyn mentions a former patron recommended him and she knows he loathes her; he reluctantly agrees to find Kate in spite of Marilyn.

Noah tries to remain detached as he questions Randall, staying in San Diego's La Valencia. After another confrontation this time with the spouse over Noah's motivation, he questions Randall about his relationship with Kate. He obtains typical marital woes not enough to make a wife run away, but Noah wonders why Randall seems calm with his spouse missing for two weeks. Noah visits the Marriott where Kate stays when she is in town. In the parking lot he notices an isolated poorly parked Mercedes in two spaces. Inside he finds Kate. His former lover, Detective Liz Santangelo heads the official homicide investigation by warning Noah to stay out of it, but he feels he owes Kate for what could have been.

This is a fun beach noir that grips the audience from the personality-expressive opening line until the final reunion over the Pacific rocks. Noah is a likable slacker who works enough to surf without bills hanging over his board, but once on a case throws everything into the investigation. The murder mystery uses the San Diego area to enhance a solid sleuthing story.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surfer Dude Turns PI - A Terrific Beach Read! June 16, 2005
Noah Braddock, surfer dude extraordinaire turned private investigator, makes his literary debut in "Killer Swell," an unusual whodunit which proves to be well worth a reader's investigation. Braddock, a character as fresh as the clean salt air wafting over his tiny beach front apartment in Mission Beach, near San Diego, is the antithesis of the typically brooding, cynical, divorced, alcohol-guzzling, investigators who "protagonize" so many sleuth books nowadays. He's a Californian!! And he is young - not quite thirty, smart, attractive, athletic, (he still rides the waves), witty, and definitely not lonely. He drinks beer, but otherwise I get the feeling that his body is a temple - although others are wont to beat up on it, especially if they don't like the questions he asks! Noah's got a couple of delightfully quirky friends, who would be extremely noir if they weren't continually drenched by the left coast sun. And he has a lush, lovely lady - sort of. Ambivalent Homicide Detective Liz Santangelo cannot decide whether to cuff Noah and read him his rights, or to take him home with her at night.

In "Killer Swell" Braddock learns that his first love, Kate Crier, has gone missing when her distraught mother, Marilyn, asks him to find her. Marilyn and Ken Crier, a wealthy society couple living in La Jolla, did everything in their power to break up their daughter's relationship with the socially inferior, and impoverished, Noah Braddock during the young twosome's high school years. They finally succeeded, and Kate and Noah have not seen each other for well over a decade. The Criers despised Noah, and the feeling was mutual, thus his shock that they are seeking to employ him now. He reluctantly accepts the case. He feels he owes it to Kate, in spite of his loathing for her parents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy Jeff Selby's writing.
Published 27 days ago by cg18
4.0 out of 5 stars Surfing and crime in San Diego
Noah Braddock is a surfer and a P. I. living in an ocean front house in Mission Beach, San Diego, handy for almost daily surfing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by judi dana (Goodyear, Arizona)
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like much about this
I loved this author's Stay-at-home Dad series (written under another name) but I found this mystery not very mysterious. I knew the bad guy at first meet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jane Myers Perrine
5.0 out of 5 stars great characters
Jeff Shelby has a gift for creating characters you love so quickly. Solid action and suspense. I love his books.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Killer "Good"
A solid, fast-paced read! Shelby seems to specialize in these relatively, short, action novels, featuring the less-than-perfect private investigator. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Musicman
3.0 out of 5 stars decent whodunnit
well-written mystery. Author draws very vivid pictures...sometimes ghoulish but all the more realistic. Contreasting life styles are interesting to note
Published 12 months ago by jerome luskin
4.0 out of 5 stars Hero You Can't Help But Root For
First book I've read by Jeff Shelby, but not the last. Really great characters and setting. Very likeable character in Noah. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ice Cream Kellie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I saw a review of Jeff Shelby's Noah Braddock series in an email from and decided to give one a try. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Vance Gilbert Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Noah Braddock Series
I find Jeff Shelby to be a very good writer. He has the ability in his writing to create the characters so you can see them and have feelings about them. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to get some surf with a mystery...
I got the first Noach Braddock mystery free on my kindle and ended up buying all of his books. Good twists and turns and sharing the surf world as well makes it doubly good.
Published 23 months ago by Jan H. Russell
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More About the Author

Jeff Shelby is the national bestselling author of the Noah Braddock books (Killer Swell, Wicked Break, Liquid Smoke and Drift Away), a series that has been compared to the works of Robert Crais and Robert B. Parker. He is also the author of the Joe Tyler series (Thread of Hope, Thread of Suspicion, Thread of Betrayal and Thread of Innocence) as well as the humorous cozy mysteries, Stay At Home Dead, Popped Off and Father Knows Death, written under the pen name Jeffrey Allen. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, he now divides his time between Texas and Minnesota.

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