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Killer Swell: A Noah Braddock Novel (Noah Braddock Mysteries) Hardcover – June 16, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Noah Braddock Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (June 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525948805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525948803
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,906,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. A. KONRATH VINE VOICE on June 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 By Lisa B. on July 21, 2006
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 By Kara J. Jorges VINE VOICE on 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 By Donna C on February 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Discovered Jeff Shelby & Noah Braddock w/Kindle free book offer on Wicked Break - enjoyed it so much I came back and bought the first 2 books. Some formatting problems with the Kindle version, but the book is worth overlooking them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Jones on July 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In this first book, Jeff Shelby introduces us to Noah Braddock, a San Diego local surfer who turns to Private Investigation in order to continue surfing. The only thing is he happens to be good at both surfing and being a PI!

Jeff uses colorful descriptives of the geography of San Diego and it's many tourist areas so well that you want to visit it immediately if you haven't already been, or are transported back to your vacation that you remember so well.

Get caught up in the wave of Noah's investigation of the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend of his High School years. Ride the wave as the plot turns up facts about the girl that Noah has held in "perfect" memory for so long, trashing his ideal images of her. Noah encounters acquaintances and friends from both sides of the border and of the law, each character very unique , but ordinary people you may be able to identify with.

Be sent crashing to the shores of conclusion as Noah wraps up his investigation.

Take a deep breath, smile with the pleasure of the ride, and decide whether you want to do it again.

Personally, I will turn my back once more to the beach, paddle out a little further, and wait for the next wave of Noah Braddock mysteries to arrive in 2006.

Killer Swell is a real page turner and the sequal can only be better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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