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The Shoulders of Giants (A Jake Abraham Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Cliff
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A missing girl.  A ruthless killer. A rookie P.I.

Jake Abraham is a child of the 80s, brought up by Jim Rockford, Thomas Magnum and three beautiful girls who worked for a man named Charlie. He's loving his new job as a Private Investigator and already has his first client - a disgraced former police captain whose daughter has disappeared.

When the girl shows up dead, Jake is drawn into a dangerous world of organised crime, police corruption, infidelity and serial murder.

With a terrified city in the grip of a killer who's always one step ahead of the police, how can a raw young P.I. hope to make a difference?

The Shoulders of Giants is a fun, fast paced thriller in the mold of Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker.


Praise for The Shoulders of Giants

"Plenty of intrigue with a heart stopping finale - it kept me guessing 'til the end"

"Jake is a truly engaging character with just the right amounts of nerd, geek and intelligence to make you care."

"The book has wit, suspense and is very well written - it was hard to put down and I was very sleepy today at the office!"



About Jim Cliff

Like his protagonist, Jake Abraham, Jim Cliff grew up in the 80s, watching Columbo, Rockford and Bogart movies and wanting to be a detective. He wrote his first book at the age of five - a short story about a lion and a family of water snails - and has been writing ever since. 
When he's not writing, Jim runs a web video production company and lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his lovely wife and amazing children.


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About the Author

Jim Cliff lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his beautiful wife, two brilliant children and an aardvark.  Ok, so there isn't actually an aardvark.

Product Details

  • File Size: 349 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147764265X
  • Publisher: Jim Cliff (December 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RZBN3E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Rockford & Magnum April 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this yesterday and enjoyed every minute of it. Jake
Abraham, a neophyte P.I. (Two weeks) has his first case; a disgraced former police captain whose daughter has disappeared. Jake is his last hope since no one else will take his case. An allegedly corrupt cop there's no help from the pd.

What starts off as a search for the missing daughter turns into a search for a serial killer.

This is a fast and easy read. Jake is a truly engaging character with just the right amounts of nerd, geek and intelligence to make you care. There's the right amount of humor, intrigue, suspense and interesting characters to make this a one sitting read.

I look forward to more from this author
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and fast-paced November 5, 2012
Format:Paperback
Really entretaining. I wasn't so convinced during the first pages (too many references to "that was my first case/ my first client/ my first interview with a potential witness... ok, ok, we get it!) but after a couple of chapters the story really grabbed me. The book seems really well researched (I don't watch CSI, so some stuff may be obvious to other people)and the premise is quite original: instead of the tortured but wise PI, we get a naive one, although he seems to wise up pretty quickly.

There weren't too many gorey details, which I dislike, it was more like an episode of Columbo or Murder she wrote: light and enjoyable. If you are looking for a fun, fast-paced read I'd definitely recommend it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! July 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is an excellent read! I enjoyed it right from the start! Kept me guessing throughout the entire book trying to figure out "who did it". Definitely recommend this book!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but... January 22, 2013
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The story and plot themselves were OK, and I liked the writing style; enough of both humor and angst to make it an interesting read. Where it fell down for me was *** possible spoiler alert *** when the H was interested in a woman not only 10 years older than himself, but who was also bisexual and who also apparently didn't hesitate to have a relationship with a very young person which was forbidden given her professional relationship to the young person. This took away from the attractiveness of the book for me, along with a few references to the "bad/annoying Christians" who were involved only in a remote way - references that could have been omitted without any change to the story.

There were a few mis-used used words (e.g., elicit when illicit should have been used) but mostly the editing, spelling and grammer was good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! February 2, 2013
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Had a hard time putting this one down. Thought I had it all figured out but learned my lesson in the end!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read for a cheaper price.. December 18, 2012
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i always look for cheaper books to buy for my kindle so i bought this one and i wasn't disappointed. the plot moves fast enough to keep you engaged and it doesn't follow the same path as many murder mystery novels do. I wouldn't say that it was a phenomenal book but it was fun and entertaining and i'd recommend it if you're buying something to pass some time.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish this book! January 6, 2013
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It is rare for me not to finish a mystery. This book came with a 4.2 star rating and I bought it based upon that. My background as a criminal lawyer in NYC many years ago makes me more critical than others. That said, this book's plot is essentially good, but it drags. I want a fast paced page turner, not a book that moves so slowly it takes days and days to read. If you don't care about pace, by all means read it. There aren't many typos, and the writing is decent but not spectacular.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So well written! November 3, 2013
By NoraC
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This book first impressed me because of the writing style. The writing was concise and never varied throughout the book. The storyline was not only good but very believable. This story started off fast and never slowed down. I did not want to put it down. A very enjoyable read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Go Ahead and Read It...
This is an ok book for what it is. It is NOT the great American novel but does not claim to be. Interesting enough with some humor thrown in. Likeable enough lead. Read more
Published 9 days ago by jez
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read.
Published 12 days ago by Isidro Romero
5.0 out of 5 stars And-a-one, and-a-where's two in the series?
I was surprised to find out this author is from Hertfordshire, England, since he wrote so authoritatively about Chicago, the setting of the story where “The Shoulders of Giants (A... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Trula
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay read
Couldn't fit the story with the title. The story had a good storyline, but the characters were one dimensional and not very interesting. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Deborah Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
Nice easy enjoyable read. Jake is a believable PI. Plot OK.
Published 18 days ago by Leslie H. Tindale
3.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, but
I liked the author's writing style very much. And he had some good humor. However, I found the story way to clinical. I know much of life is clinical. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Phillip J. Leipf
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed reading it. Straight plot; crisp narration! Maybe, slightly overcrowded with characters!
Published 23 days ago by D R Nayar
5.0 out of 5 stars good classic mystery
This is a well written, fast moving detective story where the good guys win. Well worth the time to read it.
Published 23 days ago by prime lurker
5.0 out of 5 stars Shoulders of Giants
Great from beginning to end. I really enjoyed this book. Super plot and believable storyline make reading this book a pleasure
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly well done.
Aside from the fact that that this is certainly no Chicago author, (learnt, torch, towelling robe, etc.) I am looking forward to more by this author. Read more
Published 26 days ago by elidoyle
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Jim Cliff lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his beautiful wife, two brilliant children and an aardvark. OK, so there isn't actually an aardvark.

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