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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 (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A post-modern, wine and cheese thriller with kinky twists. Who's dumping dead goats in Sonoma? Jake Knight, an Afghan vet, comes home to heal, fall in love and convert his dairy to artisan cheese. Not yet a licensed PI, Jake races to stop a perverted wine maker with a taste for murder. He assembles a witty crew and uses genius to stop an assassination. This modern-day romantic thriller is set in California wine country. Adult theme: Age 18+

Reviews: "The bad guys are bad. The different in their badness and the interplay as they weave their mischief is magic." "WOW!! I loved this book! Prasad is an exceptional story teller!" "Characters are captivating and well developed. You will however want to whack a couple of them." "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."

The Sonoma Knight PI series includes GURL-POSSE KIDNAP ("Great beach reading.") and GUT-CHECK GREEN ("A climate fiction thriller that has you cheering for the bad guys.")

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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 Publishing (June 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQ3FI0A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,831 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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! August 27, 2013
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 vividly described. The story and plot were so captivating I stayed awake reading later than I should have because I was enjoying the cast of unique, interesting, and sometimes twisted, characters. This was a very well written, compelling, interesting, educational, humorous and creative read. Jake was a hero in high school, while serving his country as a US Army Ranger patrolman, and now as a rookie private investigator. Since the number of pages remaining was getting smaller and smaller I knew I was coming to the end of the book, but not ready for it to I was thrilled to learn that this is the first book in a series of the Sonoma Knight!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy villain and great hero make for a cool read August 12, 2013
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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 or a perverse one

appreciate political intrigue

or just like to watch a believable hero beat a really gross villain.

Peter has a way with words, character and scene-setting. You'll feel you've spent a few weeks in Sonoma, the wine country native San Franciscans prefer over Napa. pour a glass and enjoy...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, fun read! Love Jake Knight. June 22, 2014
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Jake Knight is a lovable leading man that holds your interest. Returning to civilian life after fighting in Afghanistan is never easy and Jake handles it well as he adapts to his new life and new love at home. As he gets reacquainted with the family business (now dramatically changed), and also starts out on a new career as a P.I, he discovers that someone is “cooking the wine” in his hometown of Sonoma, CA. Soon both Jake and his brother, Wally, are in the middle of it all. It is a fun ride. Good summer reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aw, give a girl a break May 27, 2014
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I loved the ending. Jake and Tanya are my kind of people. I’d run with these Gurls. This newbie cheese farmer is going to figure it out, and once he takes off his rain jacket – watch out. Otter and Serrato in the corn field with a bottle of tequila – brilliant. Otter drinking his orange juice – wicked eerie. Do Valentina types even exist anymore? If so, I want one. Sign me up for Mamie-G’s next basket class; I loved her. A very up tempo read, this story moves alone with funny, wicked, evil entertainment. I vote in the affirmative, Prasad is telling a thrilling tale and crafting modern Miwok legend. It’s a ripper of a read.
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Published 6 months ago by maghen
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonoma Knight, The Goat Ripper Case
This book is a sexy suspense thriller set in the heart of wine country. The hero is a veteran and that gives the story a depth that isn’t always found in this genre. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Debbie Leone
4.0 out of 5 stars Wine and cheese and a story
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Norm
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and adventure among rolling hills of Sonoma Valley, California
The Goat-Ripper Case treats the reader to a multifaceted story line that is richly endowed with descriptive prose. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, and hard to put down
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... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ladybug
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 16 months ago by Twinkle Toes
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
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.
Published 16 months ago by C
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 18 months ago by Jerry
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 18 months ago by Gertrudis Philipsen
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Peter Prasad (divine food) is pen name for a San Francisco writer, world traveler, husband, father, solar guy, cheese-maker and Boy Scout in recovery. He writes modern crime thrillers, blogs at Goodreads, and is on Twitter and Pinterest.

The Sonoma Knight series (GOAT-RIPPER, GURL-POSSE KIDNAP, GUT-CHECK GREEN) is about an Afghan vet, Jake Knight, who comes home to heal, fall in love, become a PI and transform his dairy to artisan sheep-cheese. Set in California wine country, Prasad's love of language shines through with humor, rich detail and quirky characters of dubious moral quality.

For those who like politics and history, Prasad wrote Campaign Zen, 500BC - 2012. It's a humorous history of the ballot box told in Colonial doggerel, illustrated, suitable for reading aloud. Zen means awareness with insight. Like his inspirations John D. MacDonald and Kurt Vonnegut, Prasad is a champion of evolving human beings and a defender of Mother Nature.

His goal? A ripping good read. Please enjoy!

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