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The Goat-Ripper Case: Sonoma Knight PI Series [Kindle Edition]

Peter Prasad
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Who is dumping dead goats in Sonoma? Afghan vet and Bronze Star hero Jake Knight comes home to heal, convert his family dairy to artisan cheese and fall in love. Not yet a licensed PI, Jake takes his first case and races to stop a perverted wine maker with a taste for murder. He assembles a witty crew of characters for support. With a stroke of genius, Jake foils an assassination. This is a sexy romantic crime thriller set in the heart of California wine country. A fast, fun foray into artisan cheese, adulterated wine and political intrigue. Adult theme: Age 18+

WOW!! I loved this book! Peter Prasad is an exceptional story teller! ~B.Orinstein
The characters are captivating and well developed. You will however want to whack a couple of them. ~P. Glover
The writing style is easy to follow, flows and the characterization is phenomenal. ~ author DP Whitehead
Nash Bridges' daring, Steinbeck's eye and Vonnegut's heart - Micanopy e-reviews

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About the Author

Peter Prasad has worked in advertising, hi-tech marketing and renewable energy for 40 years, in Johannesburg, Tokyo and San Francisco. Now he writes crime thrillers full-time. In 2012, he published Campaign ZEN, a subjective history of the ballot box and election process, illustrated and rich in spoken-word Colonial doggerel. He’s a champion of the democratic process and life-time learning.

Product Details

  • File Size: 476 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Lite (June 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQ3FI0A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping August 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
As a SF Bay Area resident, Sonoma is a favorite destination to get out of town. The flavors of Sonoma are captured and brought out for the reader to taste. Wine, cheese, beer! Goat-Ripper makes me want to get back to Sonoma, and I cannot wait to read the next Sonoma Knight book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Semper-frickin-fry! A Fantastic Read! July 12, 2013
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This book is fantastic. The writing style is easy to follow, flows and the characterization is phenomenal.

Jake Knight a returned wounded veteran, finds himself involved with a wine merchant with murderous intentions.....the style of this book is excellent, it is a fun read, extremely funny and witty and the author has not only created a gem of a book, he is created some wonderfully inspired characters.

Throw in a sexy babe into the mix you have a book filled not only with a great story line but an insight into the wine area itself. Jake Knight is a hero for the ages and I could easily this book transferred to TV, as a great PI series.....Excellent and highly recommended.

Someone pass me the cheese....I want more! This book is a cracker!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wine and cheese and a story April 14, 2014
By Norm
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My second read of the series. OK, I got the order wrong but that didn't make too much of a problem. Prasad weaves a wild tale of characters the reader could believe are real. That's the quality of the author's ability to tell a story. No two personalities are alike. Depth and diversity of character make for a good story. For example, the bad guys are bad,bad, bad. They are different in their badness and the interplay between those bad characters as they weave their mischief is magic. The good guys aren't perfectly good. They are not unbelievable super-heroes. They are normal people and one can believe their conduct. As a bonus, I am learning about wine and cheese. Two favorite things. Bring on book three!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mark
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The Goat-Ripper Case treats the reader to a multifaceted story line that is richly endowed with descriptive prose. Jake, the Afghanistan War veteran, and war hero, who has recently returned home to Sonoma Valley, is a truly likable character. At times, as the plot advances, it seems he is unusually lucky ... but isn't that often the case with fictional heroes. Soon he is working in the family farm business with his brother. A parallel story line is introduced early. Semper, a devilish character, has plans to make his newly purchased vineyard into a highly profitable business. The lives of these two men, who are so different, soon become entangled in an unexpected way. The character development of both is superb. Surrounding these two key figures other interesting characters are introduced. And romance happens, complete with several sex scenes; parental discretion is advised. The author made the time to learn a great deal about the vineyard business of Sonoma Valley. He weaves many interesting details of that industry into his tale. The very best of the story is saved for the last chapters. It is there that the identity of the person targeted for death is finally revealed. Peter is a writer who is truly skilled in the art of painting pictures with words. I offer one small sample of his writing style: "The setting sun began to kiss the ocean in a final blaze of golden orange across the dunes." Such lovely word-imagery is to be found sprinkled among the paragraphs of this book in liberal qualities. We must assume that Peter loves to write. If there is a fault to be clearly identified with Goat-Ripper, it would be that Chapter One should be edited until it is brought up to the quality of the rest of this entertaining novel. But, after that one criticism, there is little left to criticize. Here is a book to be recommended to mature readers who enjoy the reading of adventure stories placed in the setting of today's California wine country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, and hard to put down December 23, 2013
By Ladybug
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I enjoyed this book very much, but was left with some questions at the end.
It was intense at times, but I really found it hard to put down, I'd stay up all hours reading this.
The characters were very interesting, and some were unusual. I have to say though that pervert that owns the winery really put me on edge, and was real enough to disgust me.
The ending was perfect, and I could sleep peacefully afterwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story October 22, 2013
By C
Format:Kindle Edition
New and interesting story. It takes awhile to understand some of the relationships between the characters but it all comes together in the end. It's worth the time. Good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The first volume of a new series is always exciting for me to read. I always have lots of questions regarding whether I would like the characters, the premise of the stories, and whether the author will have enough ideas to keep it going and interesting for more than one or two efforts. That is why I was interested when Peter Prasad asked me to review this book - which is clearly the first offering of a new thriller series. The book is set in Sonoma County. The main character is Jake Knight who was wounded in Afghanistan and is now returning to civilian life. As it turns out, Jake's father recently died and his farm is in trouble, so Jake and his brother Wally combine with a set of partners to create a cheese making farm that will also grow its own sheep for milking. As the farm gets established, and as Jake recovers from his wound and begins establishing himself in his new life, certain dark clouds start gathering. For one, goats are being killed, semi-gutted, and their corpses are left in various parts of the county near Jake's farm with only their livers missing.

Being Sonoma County, wine is quite a big thing and so the second dark cloud is that near Jake's farm a winery was sold to someone named Semper who apparently is not as honest of a citizen, nor as good of a winemaker as he would like you to believe. Being a thriller, there is very little suspense in identifying who is the bad guy in this story. What makes it compelling is figuring out what his real aspirations and inclinations are, and then following the story as the bad guy is uncovered and the hero rewarded for his good deeds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
As a resident of Sonoma County, I bought this book hoping it would be a reasonably good read with some local flavor thrown in for good measure. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Twinkle Toes
2.0 out of 5 stars The good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The good: In The Goat Ripper Case, the good-guy characters are engaging and 3-dimensional, especially our fledgling P.I. hero, Jake Knight. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!
WOW!! I loved this book! Peter Prasad is an exceptional story teller! It was fun that the setting was in Sonoma close to where I live and I could relate to the locations which were... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bruce Orinstein
5.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Read
Although I hardly ever read crime thrillers, and have little interest in the world of cheese-making and even less in that of wine-making, the author manages to convey such a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gertrudis Philipsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Now here's a story you can really get your teeth into.
The character development and story line are well paced. Mixed together, the plot thickens as the heat is turned up. As each chapter is savored, the next one is more tempting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jay C McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy villain and great hero make for a cool read
The Goat-Ripper Case will grab you if

you're a curious foodie (lots of cheese and wine)

mystery-lover (a tight plot),

enjoy a romantic love scene... Read more
Published 8 months ago by reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Goat Ripper
The Goat Ripper Case of Sonoma Knight. The land of wine and cheese with a serious mystery.
This makes a good read. lmc
Published 8 months ago by La McCoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonoma, where the beautiful meets the ugly.
The Goat Ripper Case is an interesting book involving murder and mystery. The characters are captivating and well developed. You will however want to whack a couple of them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peg Glover
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Sonoma Knight: The Goat-Ripper Case (July 2013) is a sexy romantic crime thriller set in the heart of California wine country. Jake Knight wants to become a P.I. Just back from Afghanistan, he must heal, save the family farm, and fall in love...before stopping a puffed-up wine adulterator bent on murder. First in the Sonoma Knight series, it'll be followed by Gurl-Posse Kidnap and Gut-Check Green.

Campaign Zen, 500BC - 2012, (July 2012) is a fun history of the ballot box, and a meditation on why we vote. It mixes Celtic and Zen insights with Colonial tavern doggerel, the CNN of its day. The final third is rich in media assessment of Obama v. Romney. Illustrated. Suitable for reading aloud. Zen means awareness with insight. Prasad adds humor too.

About Peter Prasad? A writer for 40 years, a world traveler, 100+ acticles published worldwide. He's a father, husband, solar guy, cheese-maker and honors food with flame. He Tweets as PeterPrasad.SF and posts to Pinterest. His goal? A ripping good read. Please enjoy!

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