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The Undertaker: Pete and Sandy Suspense Thriller 1 [Kindle Edition]

William F. Brown
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Book Description

Pete Talbott is a harried Boston computer wonk still grieving over the death of his wife when he finds himself at the wrong end of Gino Parini’s .45 reading his own obituary, torn from the morning newspaper. Talbott figures it is all a big mistake, until Parini shows him his wife’s obituary too; and this is a mystery that Talbott can’t leave well-enough alone. Someone with a scalpel and an embalming table is planting bodies under other people’s names. Sandy Kasmarek runs an art gallery on Chicago’s stylish North Michigan Avenue, and it appears that her late-husband is also one of them. With a photographer’s eye, the quick feet of a black belt, and fingers that can hot-wire a car in seconds, she has the skill set you wouldn't expect from a good Chicago catholic-school girl. Coupled with Pete in this political thriller, they bring enough action, romance, thrills, and stark terror that even the Undertaker might be in trouble. A Witness Protection shell game, more Mafia crime, or just another FBI murder mystery? From a funeral home in Indiana, to car chases on the Dan Ryan, snipers in Washington Square, sleazy lawyers, corrupt County sheriffs, a bloody Back Bay townhouse in Boston, the FBI, and Mafia hit men, the Undertaker is a non-stop suspense thriller, because if Pete and Sandy can’t stop them, they know they will be next on the Undertaker’s list.

If you enjoy The Undertaker, take a look at the author's two new suspense novels. Amongst My Enemies centers on an old German U-Boat rusting on the bottom of the Baltic. Inside are millions in gold, stolen art and jewels, and a secret that could tear NATO apart. Thursday at Noon is a Middle East thriller filled with spies, rockets, action, Islamist radicals, and a broken-down CIA agent trying to stop the next Arab-Israeli war. And Winner Lose All is a cold war thriller dealing with espionage, treachery, and shifting alliances as once war ends another 'cold' one begins.

The Undertaker now has 66 Five-Star! and 51 Four-Star! Amazon Reviews from independent reviewers and bloggers.

Editorial Reviews


A Sampling of the 91  Five-Star! ratings on Amazon, an average of 4.3 on 179 reviews.
5-Stars!   "This story was delicious!  Snarky and wired, cynical and funny, it was everything a good mob thriller should be and more.  I was sucked in as a reader and wasn't released until the story was over."     What Book is That?
5-Stars!  "Awesome Must Read!  This one had me jumping in head first from the beginning to the end I was kidnapped and taken for an exciting and thrilling ride.  And to top it of it was hilarious. I laughed out loud several times." Passion Reads.             
5-Stars!  "The story line was the first thing to grab me... William Brown did an excellent job of pulling me in and keeping my attention... There wasn't a rest ... no down time.  It was constant action and suspense."  Melissa, The Sunday Book Review

5-Star. "The Undertaker has it all: suspense, mystery, action, intrigue, politicians, conspiracy, thrills, and romance... Once I started, I couldn't stop...This is not a book I want to read alone late at night.."   Anne Boling for Reader's Favorites.

5-Stars!  "Fast Paced and Remarkable!  Brown does an amazing job of creating characters who are real. The humor is incredible, and the murders most foul ... and the story itself is quite wicked and very believable.  I would recommend this book for those who love a thriller, with action and suspense."  Tic Toc Book Reviews.
5-Stars!  "Bring on more fear and loving!  Wow! I read Chapter One and was hooked.  He is a smart, tight writer who still manages to provide lavish description.  In The Undertaker, he gives birth to some really fascinating characters (most of whom I would never want to meet)."  Book Pleasures.

From the Author

If you like The Undertaker, you might also like Amongst My Enemies, set against the backdrop of WW II and the Cold War. Thursday at Noon, an international suspense thriller set in Egypt in 1962, Winner Lose All, a spy vs spy espionage thriller set in the clsing days of WW II, as alliances begin to shift and no one can be trusted, and Aim True, My Brothers, a contemporary suspense thriller when Middle East terror visits the shores of America. Check them out on their Kindle Pages!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1254 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: William F. Brown; 1 edition (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A light summer thriller June 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Peter Talbot is still reeling from his wife's untimely passing when he discovers someone reused his wife's obituary to cover up the death of someone else. When he discovers several deceased couples' obituaries have been abused in the same way, he cannot let it rest and sets out to find out what's going on and set it right.

When the author contacted me to review his most recent novel, he told me to pull up a beach chair and enjoy. Well, I sat inside in the air-conditioning (can you blame me, it's in the mid-90s!) but I still enjoyed it. How could I not when it was a fast paced thriller I could actually understand! Sometimes when I'm reading a book from this genre I find myself bogged down with details and characters that I don't actually care about, but The Undertaker moved so quickly without boring downtime and useless characters and details.

Aside from that, I also enjoyed that the story takes the readers all over the country as Pete tries to find out who used his wife's death for their own use. The only real problem I has with the novel is that even though Pete forms a romantic relationship with a character named Sandy, I didn't feel any chemistry between the two as I read.

So yeah, in a nutshell I would recommend this to anyone looking for a thrilling, easy mystery to read on the beach. Or your living room, if you prefer.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review March 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
If you like suspense, action and are into conspiracy theories, I recommend this book.

The story line was the first thing to grab me. Here is a man who lost his wife and everything he stood for and now someone is not only using his name but his dead wife's name to bury mysterious people. Not once, but several times! Having nothing else to lose, Pete travels around trying to find out not only who is doing this but why, while trying to get killed for nosing around.

The main character here, Pete, is likable. A bit dense sometimes, I end up rooting for him and worrying for him when he continues to put himself in danger with questionable men. I have to admire his persistence at finding out what people are getting out of this whole plot, yet at the same time I want to scream at him that he is way over his head and to just walk away.

William Brown did an excellent job in pulling me in and keeping my attention throughout the book. There wasn't a rest in the plot and more importantly, no down times. It was constant action and suspense.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss reading this book May 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Mr. Brown's book is an e-pub on Kindle, Sony, Nook, IBook, and all the others.

Two obituaries, two stating he died in Mexico the other stating he and his wife died in Columbus, Ohio....but how could that be....Peter Emerson Talbot was alive and reading the obituary, and he had attended the funeral in Ohio. Attending this funeral sure ended up with a lot of trouble for Peter and also a lot of information that could put a number of folks behind bars. Something was pretty fishy about all of this.

The real Peter stayed in Columbus after "his" funeral and decided to check out obituaries for the past few months to see who had died and if there were similarities in deaths. He found quite a few obituaries of couples who died in unusual circumstances and who had no surviving relatives, but they all had the same funeral director and same attorney. Peter also found a lot of suspicious activity going on and decided to check out the offices of an attorney and a doctor who were involved....bad move, Peter.

Peter knew he got himself into more than he could handle and had to get out of town and mighty quickly, but how? He had no money, no clothes, and no car....they stole everything. He had some ideas, though. He had to bring these guys who were true criminals posing as honest citizens down.

Trying to be an honest citizen when the other citizens were not definitely wasn't a wise choice for Peter.

Peter made even more unwise choices, but he also made some right ones. Peter was witty, clever, and a character you will love.

Don't miss reading this has a little bit of everything.....frightening scenes, clever twists and turns, love, and humor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Think Dexter with Politics August 28, 2011
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From the front cover , I could tell that this was going to be an excellent serial killer novel with a hint of politics - the cover also gives off a Dexter feel to it - think the serial killer series by Jeff Lindsey which was also made into a hit TV show . As I opened the book , I was amazed at the likeness of the serial killer's mo to Dexter and unfortunately for the first few chapters I couldn't get Dexter out of my head as like Dexter - The Undertaker is a clean killer , he lies them on a steel bed that kind of reminded me of a hospital gurney, straps them to the gurney and uses a surgical scapel to kill them , Using a surgical scapel can always result in two ways - a sharp , quick death or a slow and painful torture depending which arteries or veins you slice. As a mystery fan , I found The Undertaker to be a great read as the novel was fast-paced and kept the reader thrilled as I'm not one of those readers who like too many details in my murder mysteries - The Undertaker was more James Patterson and Jeff Lindsey rather than Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwall in writing style. The Undertaker begins with a computer technician reading in the paper one day - a death notice for him and his wife , however he doesn't mind his name used though he is eager to find out why, but using his wife's as she died a few months ago by Cancer and Paul Talbot is still grieving . As the novel reads on we see Paul team up with Sandy , who becomes Paul's girlfriend of sorts to try and get to the bottom of this and clear up his and his wife's name. The odyssey takes Paul and Sandy into a whirlwind world of corruption, politics , danger and finally murder. As the two get deeper in , can they find themselves a way out or will Paul and Sandy fall victims to the serial killer known as "The Undertaker
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Undertaker
I like Pete and Sandy, I can't imagine how there will be a two. But I will be looking for it.
Published 1 day ago by Sharon Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Good guys and bad guys
An intriguing story that is fantastic and deserves to be read by anyone interested in a most enjoyable reading. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Don L
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Will read more by this author
Good book. Will read more by this author.
Published 11 days ago by Jean ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Another great book from this author. While it does end well as one might expect, you will certainly not be able to predict that ending. I could not put it down.
Published 17 days ago by G. Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and compelling
a good thriller with an embedded warm love story. it will be good to hear more from Pete and Sandy.
Published 24 days ago by day reader
5.0 out of 5 stars This easy to read spell binder holds your attention and takes ...
Another solidly entertaining read by this author. This easy to read spell binder holds your attention and takes you through a fast pace, non stop, suspense thriller. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kenesq050
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a run of the mill read.
Really interesting plot concept. Good read w/lots of blood & mayhem.
Published 2 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars A change of pace
A bit more tart and sassy than William Brown's normal times it reminded of a Nelson De Mille novel as to the crisp dialogue This change of pace is what made the book... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dutchman
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
Started out kind of interesting but it soon got too odd, and, I'm sorry, but too boring as well. The main character, Pete, was outraged about his wife, but he didn't seem to use... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tom O. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Undertaker - William F. Brown
A very good book! Mr Brown is an excellent writer and has a great style. I was hooked after the first chapter and could not stop. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Terry Conley
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More About the Author

I am the author of six mystery and suspense novels, five of which have been released as e-books to date, all five of which have also been released as audio books on Audible, the Amazon and ITunes subsidiary.

My newest thriller novel, 'Burke's War' - think 'The American Sniper' meets 'The Godfather,' or 'Bob Lee Swagger' takes on the Gambinos. What would you do if your airplane was coming in to land, you looked out the window, and saw a murder taking place on a rooftop as it flashes past below? And who would believe you? That might stop you or I, but not Bob Burke. An ex-Army Ranger and Delta Force Commander, nothing much could.

'Aim True, My Brothers,' my newest, has 30 Five Star! Reviews out of 35, a 4.8 average. It is a contemporary, American political action thriller, as Middle East terrorism explodes on American shores. Ibrahim Al-Bari is a skilled Hamas commander who has battled Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan and now takes his private war to the heart of the American government itself -- and the clock is ticking. It can be found at

'The Undertaker,' is a snarky, fun, fast-paced domestic thriller with a slug of humor, romance, and stark terror! Someone with a sharp scalpel and an embalming table is planting bodies und other people's names. If Pete Talbott doesn't stop them, he'll be next on the list. It has already garnered a 4.3 rating on 180 Kindle reviews, including 91 Five-Stars and a 4.3 Star average. Check it out at

Amongst My Enemies, with a 4.3 rating on 179 Kindle reviews, including and 100 Five-Stars, is a fast-paced Cold War action adventure story filled with international intrigue, espionage, revenge, and an old German U-boat filled with a fortune in gold bars, treasure, and a secret that will tear NATO apart. You can find it at

'Thursday at Noon,' a Joan Kahn Book originally published by St. Martin's Press in hardback, in paperback by Harlequin's Gold Eagle, is set in Egypt in 1962 and deals with murder, espionage, an Army coup, and new rockets aimed at the heart of Israel. Reviewed favorably in the "New Yorker" and other major publications it was released as an e-book and already has a 4.4 rating on 92 Kindle reviews, including 52 Five-Stars! You can find it at

Finally, 'Winner Lose All,' has a 4.5 rating on 110 Kindle reviews, including 68 Five-Stars! It is set in the closing months of WWII. As one war winds down, all eyes are on the next one, it is a tale of fast-moving international suspense and espionage. As alliances begin to shift, old enemies become tomorrow's friends, and everyone wants their piece of the revolutionary new German weapons technologies. It can be found at

In addition to the novels, I've written four award-winning screenplays. Preview Chapters from all six suspense novels, can be found on my web site

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