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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 (120 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: #405,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 40 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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33 of 34 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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17 of 18 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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7 of 7 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read for a cheaper price.. December 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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12 of 15 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read with humor. March 1, 2013
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Jake Abraham reminds me of Harlen Coben's Myron Bolitar. They both try real hard but need a lot of help.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YEAH JAKE!!! December 17, 2012
By Ellen
Format:Kindle Edition
Jake is a great guy trying to do the right thing for a client. His motives are misinterpreted and he gets beat on a bit, he's tough! He just goes back for more. The plot, the charactors and the pace of this book was great, LOVED IT and want more from JAKE!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great read-a unique spin in suspense-hope this becomes a series. Jake Abraham is an interesting character and the novel is hard to put down.
Published 2 days ago by Gregory F. Lloyd
4.0 out of 5 stars It Was Good
It was a good book. Some parts were a little slow, but it was a good read. I would recommend it.
Published 13 days ago by #12
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange title for this story.....
I enjoyed the book but I don't understand why it has this title, doesn't seem to go with the story. I wouldn't rush out and feel I have to read everything this author has written... Read more
Published 14 days ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars None
enjoyed the wry humor mixed in with the usual who dun it action. hope there will be more books by this writer about this detective.
Published 21 days ago by Steve's mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense novel
Keeps you in suspense, you don't know 'who done it' until the very end. The ending may very well surprise you..
Published 26 days ago by Nelson G. Copeland
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I enjoyed this book. It's the first one that I've read by Jim Cliff and I found it to be very readable. I don't understand the title relative to the story, but so what.
Published 26 days ago by Michael Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars The shoulders of giants
The should we rd s of giants is a very good read. Jim cliff keeps the readers interest and the story moves very well. This is a book that is hard to put down.
Published 1 month ago by Th
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I loved this book. I found it for free on a website that lists all free Kindle books daily. I can tell by the cover that there are more novels with Jake Abraham, and I'll be... Read more
Published 2 months ago by CLM
5.0 out of 5 stars Approachable!
This is a great detective novel with something a little different which really makes it stand out from the crowd.

Jake is a novice private investigator. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sophia Gampton
4.0 out of 5 stars Shoulders of giants
Basically good. Little sex or violence, which I appreciate. Needs a better proof reader. Several glaring grammatical errors and "know" when he meant "no", for instance. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Suzan
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