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Nod Road Paperback – June 30, 2011

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About the Author

William received his Associate's in Engineering degree from Roger Williams College and his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Western New England College. He spent his teenage years sailing and fishing the waters of Narragansett Bay in and around the state of Rhode Island. His career path took him through positions within the paper and printing industries and he wrote and presented a published paper on 'Rotogravure Applications' for the decorative laminate industry. While he pursued his career, he continued his interests in boating and became an avid sailor, scuba diver, and captain. He and his wife, Lee, spent considerable time cruising waters from New York to Cuttyhunk, the Caribbean, and eventually coastal Florida. In 1992 they moved from Connecticut to Florida and took residence on the St. Johns River in northern part of the state. In 2002, he purchased and operated a marina business on the St. Johns River. He is a former member of the Duck Island Yacht Club, as well as, the North Florida Cruising Club. He has owned several sailing vessels and currently operates his 34 foot Mainship trawler "Knot So Fast" out of his home dock on the St. Johns. He has published poetry in the 'Edge of Twilight' along with his new novel 'Nod Road' and has several other works in progress. In addition to his scholastic credits, he is a certified diver and holds a United States Coast Guard captain's license.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461154022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461154020
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,005,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was emailed to me by the author for review as an ebook, soon to be available in that form. Never heard of this author, but methinks he has a bright future ahead of him. This is what I call an almost cozy. Small town cop leading ideal life has his world turned upside down by a 60 year old mystery that happens right on his little farm in Connecticut. I looked up Nod Road. It's quite a busy thoroughfare in that state. CT denizens should delight in the landscape and atmosphere of the story.

But I digress. Smith is a talented writer with a deffinite sensitive side, despite regaling us with the horror of a town discovering that they have a mass murderer loose and still killing after 60 years. Smith's antagonist is an 80 year old man, and that's a nice twist on the usual suspects. The narrative gets a little technical at times, but I liked Gordy and Emily and all of the cops that get involved in this mystery.

The ending is action packed and shows us that a small town cop can be very brave indeed.
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I found this to be a great story. Well written with believable characters, all set in a section of Connecticut that I've lived in. The accidental death of a local woman and her daughters open the way to the discovery of a 60 year old murder. The central characters find themselves swept up in a drama that they never see coming, and once they are involved there's no turning back.

As the characters become engaged, the story led me through a trail surrounded on both sides with murder, rape, difficult relationships, and finally to resolution. There were no emotions left untouched as the author walked me into events, both past and present, that eventually unravel the tangled threads of the central mystery.

While the novel winds its way to a action packed ending, it exposes the reader to skills in sailing, scuba diving, local history, police work, and many of the Connecticut Shoreline's attractions. Smith impressed me with way Nod Road packaged so much of what I was familiar with while I was living there. Except for some minor indenting issues, this a great read and you won't be disappointed. Natalie
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This is a definite page turner. This reviewer reads paper books - not Kindle or Nook books. It is worth noting that despite the problems with indentation (noted by reviewer Natalie Fleming) that sometimes made this a slow read, one always felt the need to find out "what comes next". It is an excellent photo capsule of New England life. The reviewer who called this an almost "cozy" mystery nailed it. This will be read will much enjoyment by a lot of folks who are mystery readers. It doesn't contain too much blood and gore and keeps the suspense up until the end. Mystery readers will not be disappointed by this writer's book. It even has a romantic touch.
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It is a real treat to find a new author with great style. The characters and settings have tremendous charm. The story is so engrossing I missed my stop on the subway. This is a quick, exciting, sexy summer read. I highly recommend it to anyone enjoying mystery, history, and romance.One Man's Music
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And there's no sequel yet. Please hurry, Mr. Smith!
I loved "Nod Road" from the first page, and was thoroughly captivated before the middle of the book. Thank you for your full and sensitive character development. You have written such generous and accurate portraits of ordinary people. We readers even share some of the disappointing and corrupting episodes as they occurred in the antagonist's youth.
Whether it's a second book with these main characters, or with another set of characters equally well drawn, my "checkbook" is ready.
I bought the book in its Kindle version. I read the book on Amazon's new Cloud Reader and on my iPod Kindle app. These work well for me, especially as my wrist heals from a summer vacation misstep. So consider getting Nod Road
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Loved this book. The story was engrossing, a real page turner. It is so refreshing to have a leading character, Gordy, who is not in, coming out of, or headed for recovery. He is a genuine nice guy. The book screams for a sequeal, or two.

If this is an example of Mr. Smith's story telling, I can't wait for his next book to come out.
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