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Corning - Southeast Steuben County Library 1 FIC PHI New books
Elmira - Steele Memorial Library 1 MYSTERY New books

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A missing teenage girl leads LA corporate HR exec-turned-private eye Chuck Restic to a high profile fight over a new art museum and a forty-year-old murder that won't stay in the past. Anyone could be behind the teenager's disappearance: her fitness-obsessed mom, switchblade-toting chauffeur, personal life coach, or even the girl herself. This is the second book in the Chuck Restic mystery series.

Adam Walker Phillips is a Los Angeles-based executive at a global financial services company who has endured countless PowerPoint decks, offsite visioning sessions, and synergistically minded cross-functional teams, all for the sake of his Chuck Restic mystery series. Phillips holds an MFA in film from Columbia University, and was also the winner of New Line Cinema's development award for his film,Bibles.

Author Notes

Adam Walker Phillips is the author of the Chuck Restic Mystery Series, which follows a burnt-out HR man who moonlights as a private detective. Phillips is a 20-year corporate vet who has endured countless PowerPoint decks, offsite retreats and visioning sessions, and synergies and synergistically-minded cross-functional teams in order to bring this mystery series to life. His sardonic take on corporate life brings a fresh voice to the classic detective novel. Phillips lives with his wife and children in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A number of professions have intriguing similarities to detective work like reporter, or psychiatrist, or even historian. But an HR executive for a megacorporation? Chuck Restic, narrator of this densely packed novel, has been absorbing what Orwell called duckspeak core deliverables, key dependencies long enough to know that if he doesn't take this quacking seriously, he'll be at the mercy of people who do. Salvation comes in the person of megabucks developer Carl Valenti, whom Chuck helped out in Phillips' earlier The Silent Second (2017). Valenti wants him to find his missing 16-year-old granddaughter, and Chuck pokes deeper into this unhappy family. It's a bit of a tangled plot a battle over land use is at the heart of it and some of the set pieces require a knowledge of L.A. to be appreciated fully. But not to worry. This one's all about style, and the juicy bits are all in the evocative writing the wonderfully sad pink of an early Sunday morning and the offbeat information: to see in darkness look out the corner of your eye. For the idiosyncratic mystery reader.--Crinklaw, Don Copyright 2018 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Phillips's entertaining second Chuck Restic mystery (after 2017's The Silent Second), Carl Valenti, who doesn't trust private investigators, hires the L.A. HR exec to look for his missing 16-year-old granddaughter, Jeannette. Valenti has caused Chuck trouble in the past, but, postdivorce, Chuck could use the extra cash. As he starts to dig, with Valenti's right-hand man, stone-faced Hector Hermosillo, in tow, what at first seems the case of a rebellious teen acting out starts to look more serious. Chuck must also contend with Jeannette's parents, who are separated and have their own agendas involving Valenti's vast wealth. Chuck's sharp, wry insights into the absurdity of the corporate world reveal his existential need for more meaning in his life, and many scenes are genuinely funny, such as the one in which Chuck and Hector pose as building inspectors, riffing off each other with ease and breaking the ice between them. Phillips's clever blend of the absurd and the serious will have readers looking forward to Chuck's next adventure. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

HR executive Chuck Restic is bored at work, but he is promised $100,000 by real-estate tycoon Carl Valenti (whom he met during the events of The Silent Second) if he can find Valenti's missing granddaughter. But there are strings attached, with Valenti's driver escorting Chuck and reporting back to his boss. Chuck juggles corporate politics with his search for the girl, whose disappearance may be linked to her grandfather's proposed museum and his old relationships. Along the way, Chuck has a run-in with a cop, a teen is killed, and his driver indicates he knows how to use a knife in a fight. In this darkly humorous crime novel, Phillips nicely contrasts Chuck's action-packed sleuthing with his humdrum corporate battles. Well aware of the irrelevance of his HR position, the budding Philip Marlowe narrates in the same wisecracking style of so many old-school detectives. VERDICT This atmospheric mystery vividly captures a diverse, contemporary Los Angeles that will still be recognizable to readers of Raymond Chandler.-Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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