Industrial-Sized Deals Shop all Back to School Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Deradoorian $5 Off Fire TV Stick Off to College Essentials Shop Popular Services gotS5 gotS5 gotS5  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Metal Gear Solid 5 Big Savings in the Amazon Fall Sportsman Event STEM Toys & Games
Kindle Price: $4.99

Save $10.01 (67%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

A Real Piece of Work (The Dakota Stevens Mysteries) Kindle Edition

193 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$4.99

Length: 340 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Mystery & Thriller Kindle Books, $1.99 or Less
Now through September 20, select mystery & thriller Kindle books are $1.99 or less. Browse the full selection to find your next great read.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Action, lust, danger, style and witty repartee, Orcutt's A Real Piece of Work is a work of art. (5 stars)" — IndieReader

"This is an extremely well written novel. It has all the elements you would want to find in a book of this genre: plenty of fast action, beautiful women, secret wealth and bravery beyond measure. But add in a couple of extra ingredients and you have a real winner. The extra ingredients? The quality of the writing. The book moves at a pace, and it's a consistent pace. It never flags. But the ingredient that makes this a winner for me is definitely Orcutt's wit. He paints the Dakota Stevens character so well that you cannot fail to like him. (5 stars)" — The Kindle Book Review

"Stylishly written—nods to the classics of the detective genre—with great characters and plenty of wit and originality. (5 stars)" — National Bestselling Author Dave King

From the Author

Does A Real Piece of Work borrow at all from your own life?

In a way, yes. Growing up, I thought I wanted to become an FBI field agent and/or a scientist at the FBI Lab. In college, I started out as a forensic chemistry major and also took courses in criminology and criminalistics. I spent several weeks shadowing a scientist in the state crime lab, visiting the lab several times and watching him testify in court.

By the time I graduated, with a degree in philosophy, I was more interested in reading about detectives than I was in becoming one, so the Dakota Stevens series represents something of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken."

Put another way, James Joyce said that all fiction is "imagined autobiography," so the Dakota books are how I'd like to imagine my life might have turned out had I gone through with my FBI plans.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Have Pen, Will Travel; 2 edition (November 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FYKUMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

CHRIS ORCUTT has written professionally for over 20 years as a fiction writer, journalist, scriptwriter, playwright, technical writer and speechwriter. He has also taught high school U.S. history and college writing. At Baruch College, City University of New York, Chris received the Distinguished Teaching Award, and as a newspaper reporter he received a New York Press Association award.

Chris is the author of the critically acclaimed Dakota Stevens Mystery Series. The first novel in the series, A REAL PIECE OF WORK, achieved a #1 top-rated ranking in Literary Fiction for Kindle, and #4 in Mystery. IndieReader writes of the novel, "Action, lust, danger, style and witty repartee, Orcutt's A Real Piece of Work is a work of art." The novel received similarly strong critical acclaim from other reviewers, as did the sequel, THE RICH ARE DIFFERENT. The third installment in the series, A TRUTH STRANGER THAN FICTION, debuts on January 1, 2015.

Although Chris is very proud to have created the Dakota Stevens novels, he considers himself first and foremost a general practitioner in fiction writing, and has written a great deal of non-genre fiction. He has had well over two dozen short stories published in literary journals, and his short fiction has won a few modest awards, most notably 55 Fiction's World's Shortest Stories. Chris's short story collection, THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND, was selected by IndieReader as one of the Best Books of 2013.

In April 2014, ONE HUNDRED MILES FROM MANHATTAN, a modern pastoral novel in the tradition of Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, was published. The novel tells the story of Wellington, a fictional wealthy community in Upstate New York, where the village and the surrounding hills conceal tales of love, lust, tragedy and small wars. The novel is ten chapters in length, and each chapter is from a different character's point of view. These characters include a trophy wife, a medical doctor, a single mother, a contractor/local Casanova, and a Manhattan book editor.

ONE HUNDRED MILES was selected by IndieReader as a Best Book for 2014, and in a review of the novel Kirkus Reviews favorably compared Chris to Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Cheever.

Chris was born in Maine, and although he now lives in Upstate New York, he will always consider himself a Mainer and a New Englander first. He went to college in Boston, earning a degree in philosophy (summa cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi), and has been a lifelong Red Sox fan. His hobbies include golf, chess, movies and travel.

For more about Chris, visit his website: www.orcutt.net.

For more about the Dakota Stevens Mysteries Series, visit www.orcutt.net OR www.dakotapi.com.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dave King on November 30, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I read all of Chris Orcutt's Dakota Stevens novels as manuscripts, and I found them brainy, stylish, imaginative and a great deal of fun. I'm glad to see that the initial book is finally available to the reading public, and I hope the author will soon bring out the later volumes of the series.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Ellis on December 3, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing style is engaging and witty, the plot twists reel you in from the first page, and the characters came to life. I literally couldn't put this book down until I finished it. The details in this story really brought it to life without weighing down the story. A perfect balance. I am now stalking this author on amazon, anxiously awaiting the release of his next book in the series.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth P on December 11, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A Real Piece of Work is the book to read if you want an excellent mystery, but Orcutt's masterful addition of wit and humor also makes it that much more irresistible for those who haven't historically flocked to the mystery genre. Dakota Stevens and his indispensable sidekick/chess champion Svetlana Krush (don't know how to make an umlaut here) are intoxicating and a delightful modern take on the noir detective style. All the characters are so well illustrated - I had the strongest reaction to Shay Connolly (I despised her) and attribute that to the amazing way the writer nailed the mannerisms and dialogue of a self-obsessed, overconfident woman that all other women hate.

The search for the stolen art leads to twists and escapades that make you THINK you've got it all figured out. But you don't. Nevertheless it's still fun to guess throughout the book. It's a little stressful at times, but not "Breaking Bad" stressful. Overall, this is one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read in a long, long time.

I've read some of Orcutt's other pieces (hopefully you're lucky enough that they'll also be released in our lifetime) and desperately hope the Dakota Stevens mysteries continue for many, many more stories - like Nancy Drew for adults (a much, much more sophisticated Nancy Drew). The world needs them!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jillian477 on January 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Chris Orcutt's writing for a few years now, so I was delighted to learn that his first in the Dakota Stevens series was available for Kindle. I downloaded it, and after a particularly difficult holiday week, indulged in the novel. My expectations were great, my standards high, and Orcutt managed to exceed everything. I'm sitting here trying to think of what engaged me the most, and I would have to say it was the incredible action, movement, and sensory detail that he applied within each deliberately drawn chapter. But please, let me elaborate - this action is fast-paced, delightful and fun (I truly felt as if I was on the wild toboggan ride with Dakota and Shay!)not bogged down with details that are easily lost. Orcutt's natural ability to research his content material provides just enough to detail that I actually felt like I was learning art history with a side of firearms in the most interesting way possible. (This book reads like I've always wished a Tom Clancy novel would read..sshhh!)
As for the characters - perfection. Flawed, funny, and heroic and developed fully from the first page until the final page. As for that final page - the teaser is enough to have me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book in the series! Soon, I hope?
As a student of screenwriting, I have to agree with another reviewer that this series is so well-written and designed for both the page AND the big (or small - I can see this being a series) screen. I look forward to seeing Daktoa and Svetlana continue to come life so that I can nurture the literary crush I have on these characters that started on, oh, about page 2.
You will be happy you chose to add this book and this author to your collection of favorites.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Lea Tagliamonte on December 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this novel. From chapter one, you don't want to put the book down. I enjoy the fact that the author went to such great lengths to ensure all of the details of the story are accurate. Make sure you pay attention to the story because there are many twists and turns.

I look forward to other books in this series, Dakota definitely has my attention. This is a great read!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian Maloney on December 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The author's ability to paint a picture or scene with words is astounding. This book is ripe for adaptation to film. There are several chapters with such cinematographic qualities that they will be etched forever in my mind. I look forward to more.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This novel is enjoyable and well paced with two reasonably likable main characters. It does a good job of evoking classic hardboiled crime novels, featuring a Private Detective main character who makes frequent references to his fictional predecessors in the genre. The self-deprecating main character didn't have too easy a time solving the mystery, which was an entertaining one.

It lacks realism, emotional depth, and balanced treatment of male and female characters. In particular, the portrayal of women as generally disposable sex objects abounds. Nearly all of the women in the novel are or become attached to the main character. Ultimately, it suffers from Women in Refrigerators syndrome.

Granted, these are probably not things you would necessarily go looking for in a mystery novel. Especially not one rooted in the traditions of film noir PIs. The incredibly sexist treatment of women, for example, is certainly drawn from those traditions. Regardless, I don't think tradition is an adequate excuse for a 21st century author to luxuriate in sexism the way the author apparently does in this novel. It's possible to give homage to a genre without repeating its worst habits.

I think it's a testament to the creditable job the author has done here that these flaws stand out. If it had been a worse novel I would have been too distracted to pick out these issues.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?