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It's bad enough when someone you know is brutally murdered, it's worse when the guy was a paranoid schizophrenic helplessly bound to a wheelchair. Sam Acquillo and Jackie Swaitkowski tried to look after Alfie Aldergreen, as had others around the Village of Southampton, but now they were forced to wonder, what else could they have done? One thing is for certain, Alfie's kill It's bad enough when someone you know is brutally murdered, it's worse when the guy was a paranoid schizophrenic helplessly bound to a wheelchair. Sam Acquillo and Jackie Swaitkowski tried to look after Alfie Aldergreen, as had others around the Village of Southampton, but now they were forced to wonder, what else could they have done? One thing is for certain, Alfie's killers are about to know what it means to murder a friend of Sam, former corporate troubleshooter, former professional boxer and all-around ornery bull dog, and Jackie, a defense lawyer often described as an avenging angel. This sixth installment in the Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery series brings back Knopf's ensemble of famously eccentric and involving characters, not the least of which is Sam's mutt Eddie Van Halen. Not just a crime story, it examines the fraught intersection of wealth, culture, politics and the ravages of an ugly war. Combine beautiful watery settings with a unique look into the underbelly of the Hamptons, it's a mystery you won't find anywhere else.


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It's bad enough when someone you know is brutally murdered, it's worse when the guy was a paranoid schizophrenic helplessly bound to a wheelchair. Sam Acquillo and Jackie Swaitkowski tried to look after Alfie Aldergreen, as had others around the Village of Southampton, but now they were forced to wonder, what else could they have done? One thing is for certain, Alfie's kill It's bad enough when someone you know is brutally murdered, it's worse when the guy was a paranoid schizophrenic helplessly bound to a wheelchair. Sam Acquillo and Jackie Swaitkowski tried to look after Alfie Aldergreen, as had others around the Village of Southampton, but now they were forced to wonder, what else could they have done? One thing is for certain, Alfie's killers are about to know what it means to murder a friend of Sam, former corporate troubleshooter, former professional boxer and all-around ornery bull dog, and Jackie, a defense lawyer often described as an avenging angel. This sixth installment in the Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery series brings back Knopf's ensemble of famously eccentric and involving characters, not the least of which is Sam's mutt Eddie Van Halen. Not just a crime story, it examines the fraught intersection of wealth, culture, politics and the ravages of an ugly war. Combine beautiful watery settings with a unique look into the underbelly of the Hamptons, it's a mystery you won't find anywhere else.

30 review for Cop Job

  1. 4 out of 5

    CarolineFromConcord

    An enjoyable, competent mystery with a complex plot -- maybe a few too many clues left until the end, but lots of suspects and lots of atmosphere. In this series by Chris Knopf, former boxer, former corporate executive Sam Acquillo helps solves problems the police can't handle alone. "Cop Job" starts with the murder of a deranged homeless man, an Iraq War veteran, who was periodically lucid. Other murders follow and although at first they seem not to be connected, of course they are. Sam works in An enjoyable, competent mystery with a complex plot -- maybe a few too many clues left until the end, but lots of suspects and lots of atmosphere. In this series by Chris Knopf, former boxer, former corporate executive Sam Acquillo helps solves problems the police can't handle alone. "Cop Job" starts with the murder of a deranged homeless man, an Iraq War veteran, who was periodically lucid. Other murders follow and although at first they seem not to be connected, of course they are. Sam works in Southampton on Long Island, where his day job, finish carpentry, puts him in contact with the wealthy. His investigative partner is an attractive woman lawyer with his same concern for underdogs and his same way of working close to the edge. When Sam's feisty daughter is attacked in her New York City apartment and left for dead, things get really serious. I liked the seaside setting and the trip to Providence, too. The locales felt accurate. And I'm always grateful if major characters are likable and problems get resolved.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Sam Acquillo and Jackie Swaitkowski tried hard to take care of Alfie Aldergreen. Alfie, an invalid, and using a wheelchair to get around after his stint in the service due to injuries inflicted while overseas in Iraq. Someone had killed Alfie and a couple of other CI's [confidential informants] for the police. Who done this and why? Sam, a former corporate troubleshooter, professional boxer, all around bulldog and Jackie, a defense attorney were trying to find the answers but kept coming up short Sam Acquillo and Jackie Swaitkowski tried hard to take care of Alfie Aldergreen. Alfie, an invalid, and using a wheelchair to get around after his stint in the service due to injuries inflicted while overseas in Iraq. Someone had killed Alfie and a couple of other CI's [confidential informants] for the police. Who done this and why? Sam, a former corporate troubleshooter, professional boxer, all around bulldog and Jackie, a defense attorney were trying to find the answers but kept coming up short. After Sam's daughter was attacked and hospitalized with serious injuries, that Sam knew this was somehow related to the killings of the CI's. Why would they harm his daughter and what did they want from her? What did she know? They find that their tiny village has some secrets that everyone from the top down are trying to keep under wraps. This is a very good read. I won this book through the Good Reads giveaways. I am glad that I did. Chris Knopf is a great writer.

  3. 4 out of 5

    William

    This series is fun, and I have read almost all of them, with no clunkers among them. The best aspect of this episode is the snappy dialogue and quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. Really the humor and the plot carry this, since the characterization is moderately effective at best though Sam's relationship with his daughter is believable. Still, read this just for Sam Aquillo's wisecracks. The plot is a bit intricate (and, perhaps as other reviewers have indicated, a somewhat far-fetched), but it g This series is fun, and I have read almost all of them, with no clunkers among them. The best aspect of this episode is the snappy dialogue and quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. Really the humor and the plot carry this, since the characterization is moderately effective at best though Sam's relationship with his daughter is believable. Still, read this just for Sam Aquillo's wisecracks. The plot is a bit intricate (and, perhaps as other reviewers have indicated, a somewhat far-fetched), but it gets untangled, and certainly held my interest Even if this book is far from significant in a literary sense, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily Higgins

    When Sam Acquillo finds out that a mentally disabled man he had befriended was brutally murdered, he set out to find the culprit. He subsequently finds out that another man has been murdered and rumor has it that both men were undercover informants for the local police.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diana Fuchs

    Always a twist you did not expect, but pretty predictable on how Sam will handle every situation.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Killer Nashville

    When Alfie Aldergreen, a paranoid schizophrenic helplessly bound to a wheelchair, is brutally murdered, friend Sam Acquillo takes it personally in Cop Job, the forthcoming novel from author Chris Knopf and The Permanent Press. Acquillo isn’t your typical detective, and that’s what makes reading this adventure so fun. A former corporate troubleshooter and pro boxer turned carpenter, Acquillo’s headstrong attitude doesn’t make his investigation any easier. Fortunately, his bullish attitude is temper When Alfie Aldergreen, a paranoid schizophrenic helplessly bound to a wheelchair, is brutally murdered, friend Sam Acquillo takes it personally in Cop Job, the forthcoming novel from author Chris Knopf and The Permanent Press. Acquillo isn’t your typical detective, and that’s what makes reading this adventure so fun. A former corporate troubleshooter and pro boxer turned carpenter, Acquillo’s headstrong attitude doesn’t make his investigation any easier. Fortunately, his bullish attitude is tempered somewhat by the cool wit and sharp analytical mind of his friend, attorney Jackie Swaitkowski, who also happened to be an advocate for the recently departed Alfie Aldergreen. Together, the pair begins methodically interviewing anyone and everyone who may have known Alfie, past and present, in an effort to determine who had it in for him. They have a decent relationship with the investigating officer on the case and are able to launch their own line of inquiry with little police backlash. They even have the blessing of District Attorney Edith Madison, who confides in them that Alfie was acting as a confidential informant for the police department. What’s more, they learn Alfie’s death was only one of three murders of late involving confidential informants. Suspicion immediately points to a possible police cover-up and the plot, as they say, thickens. Knopf handles the ensuing narrative with deft skill as Acquillo and Swaitkowski follow breadcrumbs to Alfie’s former associates: a wild assortment of oddball characters who demonstrate varying degrees of cooperation. The parade of suspects and questions seem to be going nowhere fast before Acquillo’s world is rocked a second time after his daughter is subjected to a brutal attack. After seeing to her safety, Acquillo jumps back on the case, ultimately connecting all the dots, including his daughter’s attack, to the perpetrators in an action-packed finale on the high seas. Cop Job is the sixth novel from Knopf to feature Acquillo, but readers don’t need to rush out and buy the others before diving into this one. Knopf easily sets the stage – in the upscale Hamptons where Acquillo makes his home — without burdening readers with what has gone on before. Robert Frazier is a former journalist and editor, having worked at several newspapers in the Midstate. He is a reader for the Nashville Film Festival’s annual screenwriting competition, serves on the La Vergne Library Board, and is an active member of the Nashville Writers Meetup and Tennessee Screenwriters Association. He is currently juggling work on a mystery novel and a screenplay, along with a half dozen short stories in various phases of incompletion. Killer Nashville's Review of Cop Job Killer Nashville's Past Book Reviews

  7. 5 out of 5

    MisterLiberry Head

    Unfortunately, I never bought into the central premise of COP JOB: that Sam Acquillo and his female tornado of an attorney would accept an “unofficial” investigative assignment from the Southampton DA and cop shop – who probably dream at night of putting the nosy pair in jail forever. Likewise, Sam would never put himself and his loved ones at risk to solve the already-under-investigation murder of a casual acquaintance like the paranoid-schizophrenic vet Alfie Aldergreen. But, even if the narra Unfortunately, I never bought into the central premise of COP JOB: that Sam Acquillo and his female tornado of an attorney would accept an “unofficial” investigative assignment from the Southampton DA and cop shop – who probably dream at night of putting the nosy pair in jail forever. Likewise, Sam would never put himself and his loved ones at risk to solve the already-under-investigation murder of a casual acquaintance like the paranoid-schizophrenic vet Alfie Aldergreen. But, even if the narrative lacks believable motivation and plausible logic, COP JOB still delivers the ingredients that give Chris Knopf’s ongoing Hamptons mysteries such appeal: memorable minor characters, attention to details and a flexibly appealing location. “Venality flourishes in a place where the haves have so much more than the have-nots that you begin to wonder if we come from the same species” (loc.3401). Amen to that.

  8. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    First Sentence: I got there just in time to see the crane hoist Alfie Aldergreen out of Hawk Pond. Who would kill a wheelchair-bound, paranoid schizophrenic? Or is that all he was? Sometimes investigator for defense lawyer Jackie Swaitowski, Sam Acquillo is determined to find out. But things get complicated when there realize this is much more than a simple murder of one person, and that there are people involved at levels one wouldn’t expect. A very good opening takes us immediately into the st First Sentence: I got there just in time to see the crane hoist Alfie Aldergreen out of Hawk Pond. Who would kill a wheelchair-bound, paranoid schizophrenic? Or is that all he was? Sometimes investigator for defense lawyer Jackie Swaitowski, Sam Acquillo is determined to find out. But things get complicated when there realize this is much more than a simple murder of one person, and that there are people involved at levels one wouldn’t expect. A very good opening takes us immediately into the story, introduces a couple of the main characters and tells us why the protagonist happens to be on the scene. Even better; there’s nothing as good as an effective plot twist and one set at the beginning of the story is effective, indeed. Knopf has an excellent storyteller’s voice. It’s easy, comfortable and humorous, although the sarcasm can feel rather heavy-handed toward the end. However, it’s his relationship with live-next-door lover Amanda, and his wonderful mutt Eddie Van Halen that makes Sam appealing, interesting and helps us realize there’s more to Sam than meets the eye. One appreciates that Knopf neither assumes readers have read nor remembers the details of the previous books in the series, but provides us with nuggets of background and information about the character as we go. …”More than anything, this was the musical score accompanying my life. I liked how it sounded, though I didn’t know exactly where it came from, or how long it would last. But who knows anything about good fortune, tight-lipped and capricious that it is.” Knopf writes very good, natural dialogue. An attack on Sam’s daughter leads to a very effective and telling scene between Sam and his daughter’s boyfriend, Nathan. The plot is good, but does slow down at points, making the reader wish he'd get on with it. However, as one who knows that part of Long Island, it can be appreciated that Chris depicts the Long Island of the everyday people, rather than focusing on the wealthy and famous. “Cop Job” is a well done, character-driven mystery with a very good ending. COP JOB (Lic Inv-Sam Acquillo-New York-Contemp-G+ Knopf, Chris – 6th in series The Permanent Press – Sept 2015

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Fans of Chris Knopf’s Sam Acquillo mysteries will great this latest entry with delight. But strangers to the series will enjoy the novel just as well—a mystery set among fascinating and never confusing characters, with a wonderful sense of history, culture and place. Even with no knowledge of the Hamptons, a reader will soon greet this book’s locations and neighbors with happy familiarity. Narrator Sam Acquillo tells the tale, with spade’s-a-spade cynicism, strong loyalties, and dogged determina Fans of Chris Knopf’s Sam Acquillo mysteries will great this latest entry with delight. But strangers to the series will enjoy the novel just as well—a mystery set among fascinating and never confusing characters, with a wonderful sense of history, culture and place. Even with no knowledge of the Hamptons, a reader will soon greet this book’s locations and neighbors with happy familiarity. Narrator Sam Acquillo tells the tale, with spade’s-a-spade cynicism, strong loyalties, and dogged determination. Together with dog, friends, neighbors, and an estranged daughter who ends up much closer to her father than expected, Sam tackles the mysteries of a veteran’s death, police force rumors of corruption, and family tragedy, with equal aplomb. He seeks clues in city and country, interviews sources, and meanwhile balances his unique individuality with the companionship of an intriguing neighbor. Author Chris Knopf brings readers up to speed on his characters with spare and natural details from the past. Wonderful dialog brings everyone to life, filling the page with good humor, bad grace, and everything in between. And powerfully evocative descriptions will leave readers eager to leave the city, desperate for a chance to watch the waves, and eager to sail on the bay. Meanwhile there’s a mystery or two to be solved, and Sam’s retreat from emotions into analysis is wholly convincing, even as the adrenalin rush of danger draws too close. Red herrings, well caught clues, a touch of local politics, rich fund-raisers and small-town diners, they’re all here, in a character driven mystery with deep emotional roots, a wise sense of the recent past, genuine social concern, and a plot that rushes, twists and turns like a boat driven by the tide. Cop Job is a great read, whether or not you’ve followed the series, and it’s a wholly satisfying addition to the annals of Sam Acquillo. Disclosure: I was given a free preview edition by the publisher and I offer my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Charissa Wilkinson

    I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads Program for the purpose of a fair review. Overview: Sam and Jackie have a new case. One of her clients, Alfie Aldergreen, was murdered in a cruel way. Like tied to his wheelchair and submerged in Hawk Pond. Who would want a harmless schizophrenic dead? Likes: Alfie, Joe, and Ross, where some of the highlights in this book. Dislikes: I didn’t care for the cigarette-bashing, the institutionalizing for the mentally-disturbed, and other liberal I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads Program for the purpose of a fair review. Overview: Sam and Jackie have a new case. One of her clients, Alfie Aldergreen, was murdered in a cruel way. Like tied to his wheelchair and submerged in Hawk Pond. Who would want a harmless schizophrenic dead? Likes: Alfie, Joe, and Ross, where some of the highlights in this book. Dislikes: I didn’t care for the cigarette-bashing, the institutionalizing for the mentally-disturbed, and other liberal ideals being spread through the story. Stories are supposed to be fun, and this seemed like a preachy one to me. Also, I had no respect for Sam. He was ticked over his marriage failing, and gave bad relationship advice all the way through the book. Conclusion: It is simply my tastes. If you are more liberal, then you ought to enjoy it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brucie

    Completely adequate murder mystery with almost memorable characters and nearly charming location and mildly interesting resolution. If you like an arrogant best-of-everything handyman sleuth, you will love the Sam Acquillo series. I don't. No sympathy for me, I was just an observer of this episode. Certainly not in the same league as Sam Spade or Spenser or Matt Scudder, although his alcohol intake reaches those heights. Sam seems to stay fit without working out and sexy without putting his hear Completely adequate murder mystery with almost memorable characters and nearly charming location and mildly interesting resolution. If you like an arrogant best-of-everything handyman sleuth, you will love the Sam Acquillo series. I don't. No sympathy for me, I was just an observer of this episode. Certainly not in the same league as Sam Spade or Spenser or Matt Scudder, although his alcohol intake reaches those heights. Sam seems to stay fit without working out and sexy without putting his heart into it = unreal.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Chris Knopf brought Long Island to life. I loved reading about the different villages and restaurants. I'm ready to go back for another visit. Of course, he did mix it with mystery, violence, intrigue. What more could one want? Thank you for for an entertaining poolside day. I'm ready to read more of the Sam and Jackie adventures. My kind of people! This was a goodreads winner for me. I've shared with a fellow goodreads person already. I'm planning on passing this to a very dear friend who lives Chris Knopf brought Long Island to life. I loved reading about the different villages and restaurants. I'm ready to go back for another visit. Of course, he did mix it with mystery, violence, intrigue. What more could one want? Thank you for for an entertaining poolside day. I'm ready to read more of the Sam and Jackie adventures. My kind of people! This was a goodreads winner for me. I've shared with a fellow goodreads person already. I'm planning on passing this to a very dear friend who lives on Long Island ---- perhaps not in the Hamptons! But who always opens her cottage to me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Grey853

    In this latest addition to the series, a friend of Sam is murdered. The man is a disabled, mentally unstable veteran in a wheelchair. Why would anyone kill him? It's up to Sam and his lawyer friend Jackie to find out. I really love this series. The characters are fleshed out and the writing intriguing. It draws you in and makes you wonder what's going on. This had me guessing until the end. You really don't have to read the earlier books to enjoy it. In this latest addition to the series, a friend of Sam is murdered. The man is a disabled, mentally unstable veteran in a wheelchair. Why would anyone kill him? It's up to Sam and his lawyer friend Jackie to find out. I really love this series. The characters are fleshed out and the writing intriguing. It draws you in and makes you wonder what's going on. This had me guessing until the end. You really don't have to read the earlier books to enjoy it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lance Wright

    This novel is superb as a mystery, with an intricately devised and well-thought out plot. The author has a literary, almost lyrical, way of constructing narrative and is a pleasure to read. A superfluous, if also at times touching, subplot, with a rather flimsy explanation for its inclusion, is possibly its only flaw. Read our full review, here: http://www.mysteriousreviews.com/myst... This novel is superb as a mystery, with an intricately devised and well-thought out plot. The author has a literary, almost lyrical, way of constructing narrative and is a pleasure to read. A superfluous, if also at times touching, subplot, with a rather flimsy explanation for its inclusion, is possibly its only flaw. Read our full review, here: http://www.mysteriousreviews.com/myst...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charline Bonham

    I won this book on Goodreads. Sam was nosing around about the police department to see if someone in the department was the crook. The DA and the Police Chief had asked for his help. This caused someone to beat his daughter badly. Even a crook should know better than to mess with a man's family. Sam was even more relentless until he got to the bottom. The ending was a bit of surprise but I had some of it figured out. Will be reading more of Chris Knopf mysteries. I won this book on Goodreads. Sam was nosing around about the police department to see if someone in the department was the crook. The DA and the Police Chief had asked for his help. This caused someone to beat his daughter badly. Even a crook should know better than to mess with a man's family. Sam was even more relentless until he got to the bottom. The ending was a bit of surprise but I had some of it figured out. Will be reading more of Chris Knopf mysteries.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Enjoyable, easy read. Solid mystery. Enjoyed the characters and setting. This is my first Sam Acquillo book. I will probably go back and read #1 at some point. I picked up the book thinking it was set on the part of Long Island I am familiar with, it was not. Not sure the series will find it's way into my crowded rotation. Enjoyable, easy read. Solid mystery. Enjoyed the characters and setting. This is my first Sam Acquillo book. I will probably go back and read #1 at some point. I picked up the book thinking it was set on the part of Long Island I am familiar with, it was not. Not sure the series will find it's way into my crowded rotation.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    2.5 I've liked this series well enough, but this one just didn't do it for me. There were a couple good surprises at the end, but the protagonist was more of a jerk than I remember in previous books. 2.5 I've liked this series well enough, but this one just didn't do it for me. There were a couple good surprises at the end, but the protagonist was more of a jerk than I remember in previous books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. this was another one in the sam series! his daughter almost gets killed. she is recovering next door to her dad there is a vet who was taped to his wheel chair and drowned. the cops asked sam and his attorney friend to look into it and found out other conf informants were killed as well.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gary Carper

    This was a interesting read for me. I don't read a lot of detective novels. And this was book 6 in the series. So I wasn't in the up and up of previous characters and storylines. But this was good. I liked the main character Sam. And his little dog too! This was a interesting read for me. I don't read a lot of detective novels. And this was book 6 in the series. So I wasn't in the up and up of previous characters and storylines. But this was good. I liked the main character Sam. And his little dog too!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    A good mystery. A little hard to like Sam, but all the characters are very real. I'll be going back to start the series. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. A good mystery. A little hard to like Sam, but all the characters are very real. I'll be going back to start the series. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Terri B

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barb

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jorge J Ruiz

  24. 4 out of 5

    Toby

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robert E. Czeizinger

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katevavforte

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janie Knopf

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tim Richardson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen

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