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Nantucket Five-Spot
by Steven Axelrod


Overview - Henry Kennis, Nantucket island's poetry-writing police chief who will remind readers of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone and Spenser, works a second challenging case in Nantucket Five-spot. At the height of the summer tourist season, a threat to bomb the annual Boston Pops Concert could destroy the island's economy, along with its cachet as a safe, if mostly summer-time, haven for America's ruling class.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Henry Kennis, Nantucket island's poetry-writing police chief who will remind readers of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone and Spenser, works a second challenging case in Nantucket Five-spot. At the height of the summer tourist season, a threat to bomb the annual Boston Pops Concert could destroy the island's economy, along with its cachet as a safe, if mostly summer-time, haven for America's ruling class. The threat of terrorism brings The Department of Homeland Security to the island, along with prospects for a rekindled love affair--Henry's lost love works for the DHS now. The "terrorism" aspects of the attack prove to be a red herring. The truth lies much closer to home. At first suspicion falls on local carpenter Billy Delavane, but Henry investigates the case and proves that Billy is being framed. Then it turns out that Henry's new suspect is also being framed--for the bizarre and almost undetectable crime of framing someone else. Every piece of evidence works three ways in the investigation of a crime rooted in betrayed friendship, in delity, and the quiet poisonous feuds of small town life. Henry traces the origin of the attacks back almost twenty years and uncovers an obsessive revenge conspiracy that he must unravel--now alone, discredited and on the run--before further disaster strikes.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781464203442
  • ISBN-10: 146420344X
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 298
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds

Series: Nantucket Fivespot #2

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-11-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

Near the outset of Axelrod’s satisfying follow-up to 2014’s Nantucket Sawbuck, island police chief Henry “Hank” Kennis thinks a bomb threat—to blow up the summer Boston Pops concert, where political and business elite gather—is a teenage prank, so he’s surprised when Department of Homeland Security agents Jack Tornovitch, with whom he tangled on an earlier case, and Frances Tate, a romantic interest from that same case, arrive on Nantucket. Meanwhile, Zeke Beaumont, a former U.S. Army sergeant who served 10 years for drug dealing in Iraq, also comes to the island, to take vengeance on the military officer he blames for his incarceration. Hank’s knowledge of Nantucket and its residents pits him against Jack, who focuses only on local suspects. Suspense builds when Hank discovers a frame-up within a frame-up, and he races the clock to identify and stop the bomber. Despite a pasteboard villain and a far-fetched climax, Axelrod crafts an enjoyable, fast-paced read. (Jan.)

 
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