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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Intrigue Publishing (April 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976218127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976218128
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,629,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Austin Camacho, the author of this tale of derring-do, unfolds the story line at the pace of an action movie. He also uses cinematic tricks to establish characters quickly. --John Goodspeed, Book critic - The Star Democrat

Like the others in this series, this very enjoyable novel features tight writing, plenty of action, and intriguing characters. Hannibal is fast becoming an old friend that this reader regularly looks forward to every time a new novel is released. This author and his three mystery novels to date are well worth the read and worthy of a place on your bookshelf. --Reviewed by: Kevin Tipple, Readers Room

Like the others in this series, this very enjoyable novel features tight writing, plenty of action, and intriguing characters. Hannibal is fast becoming an old friend that this reader regularly looks forward to every time a new novel is released. This author and his three mystery novels to date are well worth the read and worthy of a place on your bookshelf. --Reviewed by: Kevin Tipple, Readers Room

From the Author

While this is the third entry in my series featuring Hannibal Jones, the events depicted in this novel predate the novels Blood And Bone and Collateral Damage. This prequel, written based on reader demand, explains how it all began. Unlike the earlier two novels of the series, this novel is more of a character study and less of a mystery. Little actual detective work is actually done as the story shifts more into a vigilante style of justice work with Hannibal forced to repeatedly do battle to rescue a neighborhood from drug dealers at considerable cost.

Over the course of the story, not only do we see how Hannibal came to be known as a "troubleshooter" through insights into his character, but we also see the beginnings of his romance with Cindy Santiago. Several other recurring characters from the other novels make their initial appearance as well, explaining the tight bonds that exist between them. So, not the clue-laden corkscrew brainteaser that the first two novels are, but written specifically for old friends of Hannibal and Cindy who want to get to know them and their Washington D.C. environment better. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Austin S. Camacho was born in New York City but grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York. He majored in psychology at Union College in Schenectady, New York. There he read a number of good books, learned to tell good beer from bad, and became a brother in the Alpha Delpha Phi fraternity. Actually, the frat was largely responsible for the books and the beer.

Dwindling finances and escalating costs brought his college days to an end after three years. Then came the factory work, the five years selling insurance, and finally, the Army. He enlisted as a weapons repairman but soon moved into a more appropriate field. The Army trained him to be a broadcast journalist. Disc jockey time alternated with news writing, video camera and editing work public affairs assignments and news anchor duties.

During his thirteen years as a soldier, Austin lived in Missouri, California, Maryland, Georgia and Belgium. He also spent a couple of exciting weeks in Israel during Desert Storm, covering the action with the Patriot missile crews and capturing scud showers on video tape. While enlisted he finished his Bachelor's Degree at night and started his Master's, and rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class. And in his spare moments, he began writing adventure and mystery novels set in some of the exotic places he'd visited.

After leaving the Army in 1996 he continued writing military news for the Defense Department as a civilian, frequently serving as on air anchor for the American Forces Information Service. Today he does public affairs work for the DoD agency charged with guarding the health of service members when they are deployed. He has settled in Maryland with his family.

When he's not writing Austin likes to watch action films, and shoot - at paper targets, not live ones. He is a voracious reader of just about any kind of nonfiction, plus mysteries, adventures and thrillers.

Customer Reviews

Camacho has a great way of combining action and story to move the reader along at a fast pace.
Chuck HEster
The characters were very real to me and now I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
Cheryl J. Waggoner
Book was really good or the story concept was but from time to time I got lost in all the words.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on October 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
While third in the series featuring Hannibal Jones, the events depicted in this novel predate the novels "Blood And Bone" and "Collateral Damage." As such, it serves as a perfect introduction to the series for new readers and for those fans familiar with the series, explains how it all began.

Displaced by a fire in his apartment complex, Hannibal needs a new home, at least temporarily. With his new struggling business open less than six months and all records destroyed in the fire along with everything else he owns, Hannibal is devastated and contemplating a bleak future. Thanks to Cindy Santiago, daughter of his friend, Ray Santiago, he may get a new place fast.

Cindy works in a small law firm and one of the partners, Mr. Dan Baylor, has recently branched out into real estate as a developer. Cindy is sure that she can set up a meeting and Mr. Baylor will help Hannibal get a new place. They do meet and after Baylor checks with his staff, he informs Hannibal that nothing is currently available. The only possible exception and one that he is very reluctant to reveal, is in a building across the river in Anacostia. Infested with squatters and drug dealers, Mr. Baylor has been unable to get them out of his building despite repeated requests to the Police. The property, which he bought from the government and is intended to be developed for low-income housing, is costing Baylor every month and thanks to the squatters and drug dealers, he can't recoup his investment.

A deal is struck for Hannibal to clean out the building and provide security so that repair crews can go to work. Former government agent and now "troubleshooter" Hannibal Jones figures he has the bases covered and can have the building emptied permanently in less than a week.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Tucker on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading the Troubleshooter. It was a great story - since I went to business school in DC and worked there for 20 years, I knew the exact places in the book where the story takes place. It was very interesting to see how Jones was able to outsmart the drug dealers and how the entire community stands behind each other. I can't wait to read Austin Camacho's other books. It gives readers a look at real life outside of the Capitol of the U.S. Mr. Camacho's writing style was very easy to stay with and the entire story was so interesting you kept wanting to read but really didn't want it to end.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2011
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I heard about this book through the Kindle Korner. Since it is set in the Washington D.C. area, I was immediately interested. Having lived in the D.C. metropolitan area for most of my life, it was good to read about areas I knew so well. My father was a policeman in the 1970s and visited museums and monuments often. In this story we meet Hannibal Jones. He is known as a troubleshooter and can solve problems for people. His home is destroyed and he needs to find somewhere else to live. An opportunity arises that he cannot pass up. Hannibal is the best friend you could find but a strong opponent to those that was to cause harm to others. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good mystery series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Denny on May 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I met Austin Camacho at a Borders Express bookstore in Virginia a few months ago. He had his five books in his Hannibal Jones series at his table. Hannibal Jones - a troubleshooter who helps people. At the time I thought why not, it just might be okay, so I bought the first book in the series, The Troubleshooter, and the last book in the series, Russian Roulette. Well, Hannibal Jones is now one of my best friends. Great plots that takes place in the Washington DC area and very well-written. Enjoyed the books tremendously. I then immediately felt regret that I had not picked up the rest of the books in the series when I had the chance. Fortunately Austin Camacho will be back at the Borders Express bookstore soon where I am greatly looking forward to getting everything he has available. I highly recommend the Hannibal Jones books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By readermouse on March 31, 2009
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When trying to decide to read this book I ended up emailing Austin Camacho to find out which book came first. I found him to be a very easy gentleman to talk with. So I got The Troubleshooter and set about reading. The book just drew me in as I felt I knew each of these characters. Took me two nights to read this as I was reading another book at the same time. I can not wait to read the rest of this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chuck HEster on February 26, 2012
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I stumbled across Austin Camacho and his hero Hannibal Jones when I was looking for something to read while looking for Robert Parker and Spenser. Long story short: I have found my next action hero!

Camacho has a great way of combining action and story to move the reader along at a fast pace. Jones is very easy to root for and well conceived.

As mentioned in another review (and actually the reason why I started with this book), this is the "backstory" for Hannibal Jones, filling in the details on how he got to where he is in other books. Start with this one and you won't be sorry.

I look forward to reading the other books in Camacho's Hannibal Jones series - and to get to know The Troubleshooter better!
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