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"Tight suspense with wonderful laugh out loud moments. Richard Hacker is a master storyteller."  
Pam Binder, Pacific Northwest Writers Association President and author of the NY Times Best Selling anthology, A Season in the Highlands

"Many times I found myself getting strange looks because I was laughing out loud...Highly entertaining and sure to be enjoyed by fans of mysteries with humor. I highly recommend it and hope that there will be more stories to follow."  

Paige Lovitt for Reader Views
 

Product Details

  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Champagne Books (August 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TBXWO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Richard Hacker's novel, TOXIC RELATIONSHIP, released August, 2012 by Champagne Books was a 2011 Writer's League of Texas (WLT) finalist, where in addition, SHAPER EMERGENCE won best novel in the Science Fiction category. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. 

After living many years in Austin, Texas where he worked as a leadership coach, public speaker and management trainer, he moved with his high school sweetheart to Seattle. While he misses the big skies of Texas, Richard has grown fond of the Pacific Northwest. His writing partner, a springer spaniel named Jazz, helps with proofreading and ball fetching.

Richard is currently working on a fantasy entitled INKER WARS: THE FIVE PENS OF JOHANN.

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Format: Kindle Edition
It took me fifty pages to become invested in this story....I think it was the first laugh out loud moment that hooked me and I ended up loving what I initially thought I wouldn't care for. The first pages were building the story pages and were indeed necessary. It was there we first met Carl, (a rather dim witted,farm boy, headed for his hiding spot) that he finds occupied by young black lovers. When it becomes obvious that someone is watching the young lovers, the male takes off after the pervert. The girl is screaming, her young marine in pursuit, he trips and knocks himself out and Carl runs smack into a tree, knocking himself out as well! There is a lot of action during this read, but the absolute best parts were hearing the inner thoughts of two backwoods farmers, Carl and his uncle, Junior who are rednecks and without a lot of education. Junior who wanted to be somebody and wanted to walk the easy road to success, is obviously thrust into mayhem as his own paranoia and bad luck made him somebody who attracted trouble. These two characters made the book for me! The main Character was Nick Sebelious, a burnt out cop turned private investigator, who had been hired by Aiyisha's dad to find his daughter and bring her back. Yes, she was the girl with her marine lover that Carl stumbled across in the beginning. She and Delton's story was terrifying to say the least.

The characters in this story are awesome. The story is steady, we meet a man changing into a woman, the doofusses, a love story gone wrong, a psychopath dentist with higher aspirations than sense, and a killer who was scarier than zombies. I think for a mystery, adventure and laugh out loud funny read, you wouldn't go wrong with Toxic Relationship. Rather a fast read too!
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"Toxic Relationship is more than standard crime-fiction fare. First, it's funny. Not grab-your-gut-and-roll-over-laughing funny, but a comfortable shade of subtle, light humor that makes you crack a smile or snort every few pages... If you've ever spent time in Texas, and love it like I do, you'll catch yourself nodding and smiling as Hacker masterfully weaves his plot through the cultural fabric of the Lone Star State... It's a smart novel chocked full of great characters and light humor. With full Texas flavor, Toxic Relationship is anything but toxic..."
Read the rest of my review at Undergroundbookreviews dot com
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One of the most enjoyable books I have read in quite a while, this book was remarkably easy for me to get into. I loved the characters, in particular, the bad guy characters! I often laughed out loud at the imbecilic stunts and conversations. There would be all these grand plans that would never work out quite as expected. Just too funny! But, the reason it resonated so well with me is because I have known people with similar traits, attitudes, and quirks that could be substituted in a few of the roles with little difficulty - and that is just so sad, really! Sad, but positively hilarious, too.

The story also has outstanding structure, the pacing fits the voice of the tale, and overall tone of the narrative is country-friendly and laid-back, but the author still manages to maintain the suspense throughout. The mystery is complex enough for me that I was kept fully engaged but not so convoluted that I ever had trouble keeping track of the various characters. If you are looking for something just a bit different, something that will seduce you into forgetting about your undone chores, then this book is for you, too.

This book was provided free to me by the author and Reading Addiction Book Tours in return for my honest review. I have not received any other compensation, and the opinions stated are solely my own.

Reviewed by Laurie-J
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I think I've been reading too many chick lit/family drama books lately(a downside of the books coming up for review and giveaway here, LOL) , as it took me til about the fourth chapter to really get into this book! It may have also been the 'Three Stooges' effect of two of the main characters, Carl and Junior- I've never been a fan of theirs, so I just wasn't seeing the humor as much. Once the story really got underway, the author found his groove and it settled into a pretty good crime fiction book!

Characters and humor sorta overflow- psychopath dentists, cop gone bad, trying to be good, concerned parent, a woman who isn't what 'she' seems, a fisherman in the wrong place at the wrong time, and a soldier on leave. But the biggest characters if the proverbial 'Murphy's Law'- if it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen to these characters, and that is where alot of the laughs come from!

It's really hard to pinpoint the book- at it's heart it is crime fiction, but it really is such a study of characters, that you may find yourself reading just to see what the characters will do next, versus keeping up with the plot line!
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I just finished this book. It is really funny and easy to read. It reminded me of a cross between Carl Hiiason and Harlan Coben. Great first novel!
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At first when I started reading the book I thought I am not sure if it would keep my interest. After I started reading a few pages I couldn't put it down. Even though this is a crime novel, it was a bit humorous. The charters were well described and the story held my interest.

Poor Junior no matter how hard he tried things just kept backfiring on him and his nephew. They were trying to hide a toxic waste dump on the farm that Junior owns, but when a couple wondered on the property they thought they were FBI agents, so Junior captured them and hide them in his barn. This is when Nick Sibelius, the handsome private investigator becomes involved trying to find the couple. He meets up with Mary Lou a reporter from Houston. Things start to happen.

I don't want to give anything away - but I suggest you read this book and see what you think. There is a lot of humor, a bit of a love story, and a lot to keep you interested.
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