Tango Down by Chris Knopf audiobook

Tango Down: A Sam Acquillo Mystery

By Chris Knopf
Read by Keith Szarabajka

Blackstone Publishing 9781579625016

The Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mysteries: Book 8

7.71 Hours Unabridged
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A routine visit to one of Sam Acquillo’s job sites becomes anything but. The home’s owner, Victor Bollings, is lying in a pool of blood, the back of his head bashed in. One of Sam’s closest friends in the cabinetry trade is quickly behind bars as the obvious suspect. For the cops, this is all standard operating procedure. But as it turns out, nothing about the case is routine, obvious, or standard in any way. Sam and defense attorney Jackie Swaitkowski are used to an uneasy, though often reciprocal, relationship with law enforcement. But when the chief of police tells Sam to stay the hell away, this time he really means it. For Sam and Jackie, words like this are highly motivational, until strange new forces emerge from the shadows. Forces from well beyond the borders of Southampton, from worlds as sinister as they are unfathomable. That doesn’t mean Sam and Jackie still don’t have a responsibility to defend the utterly defenseless: a Colombian immigrant with no legal status, no political power, and no alibi, with the full weight of the judicial system—local, state, national, and international—arrayed against him. The eighth edition of the Sam Acquillo mystery series disrupts the illusion that the Hamptons are safely immune from the struggles that inflame much of the world. It’s an examination of how fear of the unknown ignites prejudice and hate, overturning norms of decency and principle. For Sam and Jackie, it’s also a lesson in the interconnectedness of evil.

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Summary

Summary

A routine visit to one of Sam Acquillo’s job sites becomes anything but. The home’s owner, Victor Bollings, is lying in a pool of blood, the back of his head bashed in. One of Sam’s closest friends in the cabinetry trade is quickly behind bars as the obvious suspect. For the cops, this is all standard operating procedure. But as it turns out, nothing about the case is routine, obvious, or standard in any way.

Sam and defense attorney Jackie Swaitkowski are used to an uneasy, though often reciprocal, relationship with law enforcement. But when the chief of police tells Sam to stay the hell away, this time he really means it. For Sam and Jackie, words like this are highly motivational, until strange new forces emerge from the shadows. Forces from well beyond the borders of Southampton, from worlds as sinister as they are unfathomable.

That doesn’t mean Sam and Jackie still don’t have a responsibility to defend the utterly defenseless: a Colombian immigrant with no legal status, no political power, and no alibi, with the full weight of the judicial system—local, state, national, and international—arrayed against him.

The eighth edition of the Sam Acquillo mystery series disrupts the illusion that the Hamptons are safely immune from the struggles that inflame much of the world. It’s an examination of how fear of the unknown ignites prejudice and hate, overturning norms of decency and principle.

For Sam and Jackie, it’s also a lesson in the interconnectedness of evil.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[In an] entertaining and well-written series…Sam has taken on and bested thieves, killers, drug dealers, crooked businessmen and corrupt cops in his little corner of western Long Island, but Tango Down finds him in over his head…Fans of the series will have faith that Sam’s intelligence and sheer stubbornness with finally achieve at least some measure of justice.” Washington Post
“This eighth entry is a stellar addition to an assured series, with Acquillo more philosophical than ever before as he senses his own mortality.” Booklist
“Knopf’s exciting eighth outing for former corporate troubleshooter turned carpenter Sam Acquillo…The suspense builds as tiny ripples become waves and the fallout from Bollings’ death threatens to sink Sam and friends. Series fans will enjoy getting major news about Sam’s girlfriend, Amanda Anselma.” Publishers Weekly

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Reviews

by JEAN 1/29/2018
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Excellent entry in the San Acquillo Hamptons thriller/mystery Series with all the regulars that make the series work, including Sam's lively dog Eddie, plus an outstanding reading by the very talented actor and Audie award winning audiobook narrator Keith Szarabajka, whose laid-back, gravelly voice is perfect for the smart, inventive, resourceful Sam, and all the other characters as well.
Acquillo is a cabinetmaker who lives in a small house in the Hamptons on Little Peconic Bay on Long Island. His driveway is the only access to his friend (and lover) Amanda's much more elaborate house also on the Bay. Sam, also frequently a detective, can't resist helping those in trouble with the law to find justice. Before he was a cabinetmaker, Sam was a problem-solver for a large corporation until he decked the CEO.
Tango Down begins with finding wealthy Victor Bollings violently murdered in his home where Sam and one of his cabinetmaker friends Ernesto Mazzotti had been working. Ernesto, an immigrant, is arrested. Sam, and his friend and defense attorney Jackie Swaitkowski, think Ernesto is not guilty. Sam and Jackie are convinced there are more dangerous complications when Sam's house is surrounded by men in black balaclavas with heavy artilary and he, and Amanda, are threatened. Nothing is as it seems. The question is, how innocent is Ernesto? Fortunately Ernesto's family relocated before his house was burned down. Sam puts his life on the line, travels to Cartagena, where his very wealthy friend (who also funds Jackie's many pro bono cases) Burton Lewis has contacts and money. Non stop action, familiar characters, outstanding reading make this a winner. Jean Palmer, Editor, SoundCommentary.com.

Author

Author Bio: Chris Knopf

Author Bio: Chris Knopf

Chris Knopf’s mystery novels have received exceptional awards and accolades, with critics likening his character Sam Aquillo to Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, and Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, while repeatedly comparing Knopf’s work to that of Elmore Leonard, John D. MacDonald, and Ross Macdonald. Two Time was one of thirteen mysteries listed as recommended summer reading in the New York Times Book Review, and Publishers Weekly chose it as one of the “Best 100 Books for 2006.” Head Wounds won the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery. Dead Anyway was listed on the 2012 Best Fiction lists of both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Knopf is a sailor, cabinetmaker, and advertising executive in Connecticut. He and his wife Mary also spend considerable time at their Long Island home in Southampton.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 7.71
Audience: Adult
Language: English