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Toxic Relationship [Kindle Edition]

Richard Hacker
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nick Sibelius moved to the small Texas town of Pflugerville, turned Austin suburb, to set up a private investigation business, find some peace and maybe, himself, after a murdered partner, a cheating wife and a lost job in Houston. When a couple disappears and a bass fisherman turns up dead, he finds himself drawn into a web of toxic relationships: MaryLou, a beautiful woman with a mysterious past, Junior, a failed farmer whose best intentions seem to always result in a dead body, and Barry, a sociopathic dentist turned illegal toxic waste entrepreneur with visions of grandeur.
When the felon who killed his partner in Houston joins forces with Barry, Nick must not only stop the toxic waste dumping while finding his client’s missing daughter, but keep from being killed in the process. In the end, MaryLou’s dark secret will either help him or kill him—whichever comes first.

Editorial Reviews


"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: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Champagne Books (August 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TBXWO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,202 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 Amazingly Written Characters--A real Hoot!! September 27, 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A full-flavored Texas novel worthy of your attention! September 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"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..."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as hell! August 15, 2012
By BobEd
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Fresh and Suspenseful January 9, 2013
By Asenath
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first thing I noticed was that it was a page-tuner. The swiftly moving story pulled me right in. Then I noticed how well written it was, and then how funny it was. The characters are the best. They are so fresh, so believable, and so memorable. It has a great mixture of suspense, action, humor, sex and romance as well as a great ending, so it pretty much scratches all the itches without wasting a page. I'm very glad I read this book and I hope to see more from this author in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Push on through November 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Don't give up on this book. The first good amount of the book is needed to build up the story and to give you insight into the land and lifestyle. But it gets better. Just keep reading. This is a great book to spend a lazy afternoon reading. It has just enough light humor to keep you light hearted and keep reading. The Mystery and suspense keeps you guessing and the characters will have you feeling like one of the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Toxic Relationship October 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Romp through Texas
Richard Hacker delivers a tale that could only unfold in Texas. The characters, all only too human, had me alternately laughing and groaning as they find their way through this... Read more
Published on January 24, 2013 by Yazmin Mehdi
4.0 out of 5 stars hard to pinpoint the book....
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... Read more
Published on October 1, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
I could not put this book down. The characters are quirky, some utter imbeciles. The Texas setting captures the local culture and may explain some of the character traits. Read more
Published on September 28, 2012 by Sheila Armitage
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was very well written. It held my interest well, the plot was easy to follow, and the characters were totally believable. Hope Mr. Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by Janet Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, fun read!
I loved this book. From the get go, Hacker weaves the reader into the lives of Toxic Relationship's dysfunctional and wacky characters. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by ruachzeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is fast paced, full of humor and very imaginative. It keeps your attention and has you admiring the broad spectrum of scenarios presented by the author.
Published on September 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Entertaining!
I loved the characters and the setting of this book. Couldn't put it down. Thanks Mr. Hacker for a great time this summer. Looking forward to whatever comes next.
Published on August 16, 2012 by R. Brenizer
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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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