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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: #739,958 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
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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 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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS
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Published 4 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 7 months ago by Debbie Leone
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 14 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 15 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 17 months ago by Jerry
4.0 out of 5 stars First book in series with good parts, and not so good...
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... Read more
Published 17 months ago by N. Wallach
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 17 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 17 months ago by Gertrudis Philipsen
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More About the Author

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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