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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Pr Pub Co (December 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579621643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579621643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. At the start of Knopf's super second mystery starring ex-boxer and retired engineer Sam Acquillo (after 2005's The Last Refuge), Sam is enjoying a drink with a lady friend at an East Hampton restaurant when a nearby car and its driver are firebombed out of existence. In the aftermath, Sam, assisted by his old buddy, retired cop Joe Sullivan, looks into who might have had it in for the victim, wealthy consultant Jonathan Eldridge. After talking to Eldridge's agoraphobic widow and suspicious-acting lawyer, Sam continues to investigate—and the more he pokes around the more data he turns up suggesting a complex deception involving financial transfers, angry clients who may or may not be Mafia-connected, the murdered man's estranged artist brother and out-of-it mother. A sly depiction of the east end of Long Island and the Hamptons as they really are, combined with strong plotting, solid characters and hard-boiled dialogue worthy of Elmore Leonard or John D. MacDonald will make this a beach read that you won't be able to put down even under threat of sunburn. (June)
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Knopf has a touch I like - cool, careful, reflective - and a great ear for the comic eccentricities of the human voice. The New York Times "Two Time is delightful. We forget, with all the emphasis on Long Island money, that it used to be farmland, populated by working-class people. Knopf works the conflicts and changes into the setting, and his characters will have readers returning." The Globe and Mail "It is difficult to imagine this is only Knopf's second novel - it is pure gold. Everything about it (characters, plotting, setting) is brilliant." Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Chris Knopf is the author of Dead Anyway (winner of the 2013 Nero Award), Cries of the Lost and the Sam Acquillo mystery series, including The Last Refuge, Two Time, Head Wounds (which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery), Hard Stop, and Black Swan.

Chris has been writing himself out of trouble since he talked a teacher into accepting a short story in lieu of an essay, and an essay in lieu of a multiple choice exam. A college professor wrote a comment on a friend's paper that would have also applied to him: "You write well, which is good because you have very little command of the subject matter."

To support his fiction habit he started working in marketing communications. That evolved into a career as an advertising copywriter and later a creative director at Mintz & Hoke Advertising and PR, which he and his wife Mary Farrell took over in 2000.

His preferred environment involves a lot of saltwater, having summered as a youth on the Jersey Shore. He lives with his wife Mary Farrell in Connecticut and Southampton, NY, where he sets sail on the Little Peconic Bay.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on July 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the first few pages of his second appearance (after "The Last Refuge"), Hamptons native and recent returnee Sam Acquillo nearly gets blown up while sipping Absolut on the deck of a dockside restaurant in East Hampton.

Sam's skills and powers of observation as an ex-boxer and engineer save him and his lawyer friend Jackie from the fate of the other patrons when a car bomb kills its target and five others. Alerted by the color of the roiling fire inside the car after the initial blast, he vaults the deck railing and manhandles Jackie to relative safety before a second blast - a lot stronger than the fire explosion Sam expected - all but vaporizes the fellow drinkers he'd been casually denigrating just moments before.

Sam, a bit of a brooder and misanthrope, doesn't like too many people but he's loyal to the few he calls friends. He's been back in the Hamptons for five years, licking his wounds and drinking to the sunsets over Little Peconic Bay behind the cottage his mean-drunk father built when Sam was a kid.

A couple months after the blast, with Jackie still undergoing surgeries to repair her face and Sam's hearing slowly returning, his cop friend Joe Sullivan asks Sam to help out in the stalled investigation. The dead guy was an investment analyst with a roster of fancy clients and Joe thinks Sam, with his corporate background and MIT education, might have a better idea what questions to ask than the local cops.

From the wealthy agoraphobic wife and her controlling lawyer to the unhappy mob-connected client and the flamboyant artist brother, Sam follows a few false leads and attracts a fair amount of violence before wisecracking his way to a clever conclusion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allison M. Campbell on April 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Two Time starts off with a bang as Sam and Jackie are injured in when a car bomb outside the restaurant in which they'd met explodes. Cop Joe Sullivan asks Sam to talk to the widow of the car bomb victim. Reluctantly spurred on by his guilt over Jackie's injuries, Sam becomes embroiled in the victim's shady dealings in his financial consulting business, a performance-artist brother, an odd widow, and angry clients. In The Last Refuge, Sam starts out as completely withdrawn from the world and gradually begins to make connections with people. I was pleased to see that there is no regressing in Two Time (a pet peeve with me in series fiction is inconsistent character development), but that Sam is still very much a work in progress. He uses his engineering background in a methodical yet insightful way, approaching the murder as a problem to solve. This makes for a fascinating mystery novel, and Sam is an irresistible protagonist. Knopf's caustic wit is a fine counterpoint to the hardboiled action.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C. Mahieu on January 10, 2013
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"Two Time" is the second in Knopf's 5 book series about Sam Acquillo, a former head of research (Technical Support and Services) at a major industrial company, former prize fighter, former engineering student, former husband. So what is he now? Well, he's not a cop, nor a PI but he winds up investigating major crimes. And it is this stretch that finally had he coming away from book 2 a good bit more critical than I had been after book one. And I started to get tired of all the clever repartee - it seems the author really likes clever repartee since a number of characters use it, correction - overuse it. And let's get real - Sam is just an engineer, a techie, and we all know that engineers don't speak like grad school professors of Comparative English Literature. But Sam does. Most of this was a carbon copy of the first book, same characters, same dialog, same setting, same tones, same,same, same. I found myself wishing it would just end. Never a good sign. One book was fine, I think I rated "The Last Refuge" at least a 4.0 This one starts with an exploding car that kills a number of people, almost including Sam. And it's another financial scam theme. A 3.0 is probably generous. I am on the fence about reading book three, but if I do it won't be for quite a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJ Moir on October 12, 2011
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I heard about the book by word of mouth. I like it so much I wanted to come back and do a review. The telling of the story is full of detail and in hind sight gives some clues as to the outcome but you are never quite sure until the end, which is revealed very efficiently and interestingly. I have already ordered my second Knopf book and I expect good things from that one.
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