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Don't Look Twice: A Novel [Hardcover]

Andrew Gross
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March 3 2009

“A master of no-nonsense, good, old-fashioned suspense….Littered with surprises from start to finish, Don’t Look Twice offers the perfect blend of menace and normality.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Venetian Betrayal


Don’t Look Twice, the third solo effort—and third consecutive New York Times bestseller—from Andrew Gross, author of The Blue Zone and The Dark Tide, brings back Detective Ty Hauck and ensnares him in a lethal maze of cover-up and corruption. Gross, who co-wrote several bestsellers with suspense superstar James Patterson, soars to new heights with his intrepid action hero Hauck—whom the Connecticut Post calls, “a Jack Reacher with heart.”

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'[Gross] knows how to deliver a thrill' Daily Mail 'All the hallmarks of the master -- quick-fire action, believable characters, and a none-too-taxing storyline. Perfect holiday fare.' News of the World Praise for 'The Blue Zone': "The Blue Zone' is a tense and chilling thriller with a whole lot of heart.' James Patterson 'Real fear, real thrills, real suspense!real good.' Lee Child 'A spine-chilling mystery with a thrilling twist' Cosmopolitan --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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In this dramatic new novel following the bestselling The Dark Tide, a drive-by shooting rocks the posh suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut, and an innocent bystander is left dead.

Detective Ty Hauck plunges into what seems like a vicious case of retribution and follows the trail to a sinister gambling scheme at an upstate casino. Until Annie Fletcher, a young restaurateur in the midst of rebuilding her life, witnesses something she shouldn't have—and immediately runs to him with what she knows. Suddenly, Hauck is pulled into a rising storm far greater than it first appeared—a storm wide enough to encompass corruption inside Greenwich's circle of wealthy and powerful citizens. And punishing enough to consume Hauck's own family, and tear brothers apart forever . . . if it doesn't kill them first.

Don't Look Twice is a gripping story of profiteering on an international scale and an emotionally resonant domestic thriller from one of the hottest new talents in suspense fiction.

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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Don't Look Twice is an average beach read, if you live somewhere that the beach is warm enough for the purpose. Unpredictability can become predictable, and that's what happens to this book. You keep expecting the next reversal of fortune, and it's not that hard to see most of them coming. The book's main redeeming feature is that the character development of Ty Hauck is reasonably well done. The book's main weakness is that while there are lots of threats of death and destruction, those threats are mostly hollow. As a result, the story lacks the kind of tension that following truly threatened characters provides in terms of making a book exciting, compelling, and hard to put down.

Andrew Gross shows that he's a skilled plotter in this book. With that much talent for keeping lots of balls in the air, it's a shame that he isn't inclined to develop his plot in ways that keep threat seeming more real than here. I suspect that he will become a better writer. The raw material is there . . . the ear for what makes a book fun to read isn't quite developed yet.

The book has a wonderful beginning. There's a tremendous bang that changes the lives of the people involved. But the story drifts into a much lower gear from there as Ty Hauck looks for the killers in a drive-by shooting and what their motives were.

If you happen to live in Greenwich, Connecticut and don't mind allusions to corruption, you may actually like this book better than I did and rate it four stars. I only drive through Greenwich so the local color didn't add that much to the story for me. Now, if a hedge fund manager had been a key player . . . that could have been interesting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars NARRATION DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS! March 20 2009
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It's an exciting time to be listening to audio books - just when you think they can't get any better they do. Christian Hoff's narration of Don't Look Twice is a prime example.

An award winning stage actor, Tony Award for "Jersey Boys," Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award, Hoff brings a wealth of talent to this reading. He has voiced more than 200 characters for an audio book which, by the way, is a world record. Hoff's television credits are numerous (Ugly Betty, ER, etc).

Now, this acclaimed actor brings his stage and screen experience to a can't-stop-listening-to narration of this artfully plotted, suspense laden thriller by Andrew Gross.

Don't Look Twice begins in a disarmingly peaceful manner as Connecticut Detective Ty Hauck prepares for time with his daughter. They stop by a gas station convenience store to buy some groceries when they are suddenly the victims of a drive-by shooting. The girl is unhurt, Hauck is wounded and a federal prosecutor is killed.

Random violence? Don't believe it for a minute when Gross is writing the story. Hauck gets more than he suspected or bargained for as he investigates - in fact, more than he ever wanted to know.

- Gail Cooke
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By GinRobi
Ty and his daughter, Jessie, are at the gas station, stocking up on fuel and supplies before taking the boat out for its final voyage of the year. While standing in line, a red truck slams to a stop outside and bullets start flying. Ty got a look at the shooter, and a partial plate, but when he turns to see if everyone's alright, Jessie is unconscious and covered in blood. Ty flashes back to when Norah, his other daughter, was killed years ago when the car backed down the driveway, running her over. Jessie is fine, but in shock, and the blood isn't hers; the blood belongs to David Sanger, federal prosecutor who was standing in line behind them.

At first, the shooting seemed an act of gang revenge. But looks are deceiving, for as the investigation progresses, and the body count starts to rise, the case goes so much deeper than Ty could have possibly imagined, from the lowest of the low to people high-up in the political chain, including a U.S. senator. Ty discovers that his brother, Warren, is also involved. The questions is - how deep?

**The author writes his characters in such a way that, good or evil, they seem entirely real, entirely human. Ty is a smart detective, tenacious, determined.

I could feel the difference between Ty and Karen (from The Dark Tide.) There was a distance, and I could tell the love wasn't there any more. Truthfully, I don't think it was really there to begin with. And while that really is too bad, a new female character, Annie, a restauranteur, becomes involved when she witnesses a gang member disposing something in the dumpster behind her restaurant - the gun that had been used in the drive-by shooting. I could feel something between them, and I really can't wait to see in the next book if Ty and Annie take it any further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Andrew Gross Aug. 15 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Typical Andrew Gross book, exciting, well written, good read... Lots of colourful descriptions, as usual it was fun to read
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3.0 out of 5 stars captivating Enough May 11 2011
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book2, in the Lieutenant Ty Hauck series

This is the author's follow up to "The Dark Tide", its storyline is captivating enough although heavy on old clichés and a touch formulaic in style. It nevertheless has some of the elements to make it a page turner and leave most satisfied and happy.

This story opens with a bang and keeps a steady pace throughout. It starts one morning with Ty and his daughter waiting in line at the cash of an Exxon station when out of the blue a drive by shooter sprays the establishment with bullets missing them but killing a federal prosecutor in line behind them. Everyone thinks at first it is a revenge gang attack but Ty has other suspicions.

Ty is not only a witness but he is the head detective in the area and is assigned the case. His initial suspicions are quickly confirmed, there is more to this murder investigation than first meets the eye. He realizes he is on a trail of cover-ups and corruption, a deadly maze linked to a dangerous gambling ring with political connections which eventually lead to devastating results in his own family.

This story follows much the same pattern as the previous novel. The first similarity pops up when Ty's investigation reveals the widow of the deceased prosecutor was oblivious to her husband's shenanigans. Another is when he is distracted by a young restaurateur who is being harassed by troublemakers. His urge to become a knight in shining armor and his elevated testosterone are bound to get him in trouble sooner or later.....

I found this novel lacks in character development and originality. After reading the previous novel the structure is predictable and Ty has become a cookie cutter investigator. Nevertheless, I did find the tale interesting.
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