Head Wounds

By Chris Knopf
310 pages. Permanent Press. $28.

“Head Wounds,” the third in Chris Knopf’s series of Sam Acquillo mysteries, is set not among the glittering parties of Gin Lane, but in the barrooms and construction sites of the Hamptons. The acerbic Acquillo has a fondness for Absolut as well as a bad temper. (See the book’s set piece about his revenge on his estranged wife and her new lover.) Once a corporate executive, he is now a carpenter. When Robbie Milhouser, a builder and the scion of a Southampton family, turns up dead after he and Sam have had a public run-in, Acquillo is the most likely suspect. (Robbie’s head has been bashed in by Sam’s construction stapler.) Mr. Knopf’s last book, “Two Time,” was named one of the 100 best books of 2006 by Publishers Weekly.

Source : The New York Times


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