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Black Swan (A Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery) Hardcover – May 1, 2011
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Despite its title, Sam Acquillo s fifth adventure has nothing to do with the movies, at least not movies about high-strung, overworked ballerinas. As a favor to his wealthy lawyer friend Burton Lewis, engineer-turned-carpenter Sam and his girlfriend, banker-turned-contractor Amanda Anselma, are sailing Burton s boat, Carpe Ma ana, down from Maine when rough seas on Long Island Sound force them to put in at Fishers Island. Christian Fey, the retired computer genius of Subversive Technologies, is less than enthusiastic about putting them up at the Black Swan, the inn he recently purchased, and his son Axel, an autistic savant, is no more effusive. But Fey s daughter Anika welcomes Sam with open arms and bedclothes. The Edenic temptations she offers are complemented by the arrival of the serpent Derrick Hammon, Subversive s new CEO, with an entourage that includes his put-upon female companion Del Rey; Bernard t Hooft, who s more than just muscle, and Jock and Pierre, who are just muscle. The guest list is completed by Subversive co-founder Myron Sanderfreud, who s barely checked in when he checks out, and his wife Grace, whose role is limited to screaming. When the island s sole law-enforcement officer is beaten nearly to death and her replacement locked in a cell in his own jail, it s obvious that the winds have blown in quite another screenplay, this one from Key Largo, and that only Sam has the stuff to play the Bogart role --Kirkus Reviews
Praise for the Sam Acquillo mysteries: 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
Top Customer Reviews
I found the book entertaining and suspenseful. At times the descriptions became a little too technical but I did not feel it detracted from the overall feel of the book. I am sure some of those descriptions were beneficial to someone who knows more about boats but to people, like myself, who do not know much about boats it was too much to truly comprehend.
The character development was well written. Although I had not read the previous books, I did not find it made it hard to read this book. Knopf did a good job giving background on the characters so new readers would understand them but not so much detail that previous readers would be bored.
With "Black Swan" Mr. Knopf is definitely back in form. All the usual suspects (Amanda Eddie, Burton) are blended seamlessly into a new setting on sparsely populated Fisher Island. Connecticut. In this setting, Knopf is able to construct an action/adventure/mystery without all the tiresome kvetching about the aberrant ways of the super rich, those of the merely rich, those of the upper middle class wanna be rich, that are all eventually outdone by various middle class local minions whose authenticity and commonality somehow have made them just bright enough and energetic enough to stand aside while Sam brings about the kind of rough justice we all secretly long for.
Enough with the bitching. Knopf is totally back with "Black Swan". Eddie the dog gets his licks in, Amanda matures nicely, and Sam remembers to draw more on his engineering skills without forgetting how to throw a left hook. The cops back to where they should be in a true mystery. Knopf gives us excellent plotting that is cleverly enhanced by the use of coastal storms and treacherous waters that keep everything in flux. All leading up to a plausible and barely predictable climax. Way to go from a 3 to a 5. Read the book.
Knopf's writing is clean, smooth,and moves effortlessly. I've read several of his books. They are very good and Black Swan is up to his high standard. He has a wonderful feel for the humor in the human condition. This makes these mysteries more than 'who-done-it?' books. Very enjoyable to read.
Highly recommend you read Black Swan.
While Sam waits for parts to repair his boat, he and Amanda seemed to be intrigued by the folks at the Black Swan. When one of the guests is found hanged in the shower, everyone assumes suicide by Sam suspects murder. He has to tell everyone not to touch anything to allow a forensics team to properly collect evidence, however with weather conditions it will be a long time before a forensics team will arrive.
Sam then puts his detective hat on and decides to solve what had happened. I had a hard time getting into this book and felt no connection with anyone at the hotel or Sam and Amanda for that matter. Some of the reviewers said that Sam is a wise cracking individual (I was picturing David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter) but I found Sam to be quite dull. As he and Amanda have appeared in other books maybe you need to read those first to get an appreciation for their characters. I know that this book did very little for me. The only thing I found interesting that there could actually be an Island of snobs like the one described in the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Missed some of the usual characters but fun seeing Sam among strangers. One of my favorite series from one of my favorite authors.Published 2 months ago by Engel Hicks
Black Swan is a great read, spinning out a murder mystery with a muscular prose style while providing insights into the world of sailing and of life among the swells of Fishers... Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by William Wells
Black Swan is the fifth of author Chris Knopf's Sam Acquillo Hamptons mystery series and the first where the action doesn't actually take place in the Hamptons. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Sheila Deeth
Unrealistic tough guy goes from one moment to having a broken hand to the next having a grip contest with another meat head?