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Gray Matter (Thomas Prescott Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Nick Pirog
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All of us with kindles watch for the bargains - admit it. I got this book because it was a bargain and had good reviews. It was simply put, terrific. The mystery was excellent from the get-go and the main character, Thomas Prescott, is very funny: "I'm not into politics. The last time I voted was for Carrie Underwood."

In the opening scene, Prescott is in Maine suffering from depression on Thanksgiving. He hops a plane to his home town of Seattle and almost immediately finds a dead body adrift on the shore outside his boyhood home. Even though he is an ex-cop and retired consultant to the FBI, he can't keep his hands out of the investigation. The investigation leads him to different suspects, investigators, supporting cast members and locales.

The book has the very good mystery, the excellent main character, very good supporting characters (no matter how minor, none are cutouts) and there is the added element of a bit of science thrown into the mix. To divulge it would be a small spoiler, so I won't, but I always like to learn a bit of something while being thoroughly entertained.

Halfway through the book I ordered Mr. Pirog's other two books. I then thought: "Uh oh, what if the ending isn't any good?" After the ending, I was even happier I will have two more of Mr. Pirog's books to look forward to reading. --Richard A. Mitchell

Book Description:
MEET THOMAS.
THOMAS IS HAVING A ROUGH GO.
HIS GIRL LEFT HIM.
HE'S ALONE ON THANKSGIVING.
HE'S OUT OF WAFFLES.
AND NOW SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KILL HIM.

His love life in shambles, Thomas Prescott returns to Seattle, the very place he fled from after his parents' deaths nearly a decade earlier. Just as Thomas is getting settled in, he sees a body floating in the private cove behind his boyhood home. It is a woman. But not just any woman. The governor of Washington.

As the suspense ratchets, and the twists unfold, Thomas is thrown into the middle of the biggest murder investigation in Washington state history. Prescott is forced to confront the demons from his past and unearths a new enemy, one that couldn't possibly be human, one that has haunted man since the dawn of time...

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Pirog engages readers with a tight plot, well-developed characters, historical context, and just enough pop culture to keep you begging for more. Thomas Prescott is witty, arrogant -yet generous, and operates on just enough id to make him adorable. He is my favorite naughty character by far! Every page begs to be turned, every chapter begs to be completed, and the end leaves you begging for the next book! --Tami

I read approximately 8-10 books a month and have for years so that should give an idea of how impressed I am with his author. I am writing this review because this author DESERVES to be read. Refreshingly funny, quirky and still produces a many layered well thought out mystery thriller. "Gray Matter" adds even more than just chuckles and a thought provoking who done it, this story even went as far as to throw in tears. I was mesmerized from the first page by not only the main plot but by the sub plot as well, the ending left me surprised and with tears in my eyes. WOW! --Tif Saucer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: nickthriller.com (June 15 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1IZ8O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars My second "coup de coeur" for Nick Pirog! May 31 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading "3:00 am" and also reading the teaser from "Gray Matter" that Nick Pirog had placed at the end of the book. I went to buy my Kindle copy and started to read it at once!

This story is about an ex-cop who seems to be a bit lost with his own life... After deciding to go to his parent's house, overlooking Pugget Sound near Seattle, Thomas Prescott settles in this old victorian house atop the cliffs to celebrate Thanksgiving all by himself. But something catches his eye as he is admiring the view from above: what looks like a corpse is floating on the waves that smash against the rocky shoreline!

Thomas decides to get down there and eventually manages to grab what's left of this woman's torso. Badly bruised, fed upon by whatever living creatures of the sea, what's left of this lady will eventually be identified as Ellen Gray, Governor of Washington. Ellen also has a bullet hole in her forehead...

Being an ex-cop, Thoms Prescott just cannot keep his nose off the case and cute detective Erica Frost is another reason for him to be interested in finding the truth behind this murder. But Erica's partner is an obstacle and Ethan Kates will do everything to get Thomas away from the investigation and Erica.

The plot is complicated and there are a few suspects; husband and top-notch lawyer Adam Gray being numero uno on the list.

I just LOVE Nick Pirog's humour, as it flows well through the story, without disturbing the mystery being unfolded. It adds a welcomed touch to this book and it made me become a fan of this young writer. Everything in the story is believable. Every character introduced has its role to play and is meant to keep you questioning yourself until the very end. The "who dunnit" aficionados will truly enjoy this book.

I look forward to read all of Nick Pirog's books!
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  360 reviews
64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love mystery and humor. This is the series for you. July 14 2011
By Christy Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Nick Pirog is a fantastic new talent. I enjoyed both of his novels equally. They are well crafted, quickly paced, and highly entertaining. I especially appreciated Thomas Prescott's hilarious sense of humor. Both Unforscene and Gray Matter remind me of the Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais. I wish Amazon would do more to promote this young author. These books are so much better than the "cookie cutter" murder mysteries that are being put out by some of the "big name" bestselling authors. Please give these books a try. You won't be disappointed.

Christy Hughes
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirog does it again! Nov. 1 2011
By Tif Saucier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the second Nick Pirog book I've read and only the second review I've ever written. The first review being Mr. Pirog's first novel, "Unforeseen". I read approximately 8-10 books a month and have for years so that should give an idea of how impressed I am with his author. I am writing this review because this author DESERVES to be read. Refreshingly funny, quirky and still produces a many layered well thought out mystery thriller. "Gray Matter" adds even more than just chuckles and a thought provoking who done it, this story even went as far as to throw in tears. I was mesmerized from the first page by not only the main plot but by the sub plot as well, the ending left me surprised and with tears in my eyes. WOW! I have his third novel "Arrival" already downloaded and can't wait to get it started. I hope this writer keeps writing because this is one reader who will keep reading his work!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great New Detective Sept. 4 2011
By Aarwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
First, I have to say this book was great. If it were not for some erroneous information about the habits of the shy, beautiful North American Grey Wolf, I wouldn't have hesitated to give it a five star rating. Pirog is a refreshing new voice in the mystery genre, and his detective Thomas Prescott is unique. Gray Matter and Pirog's previous book Unforseen are a marvelous departure from the stereotypes of some of the more successful,
prolific and increasingly similar best sellers we have had to endure lately.

In Gray Matter Thomas Prescott has run away from the heartbreak and bloody memories in Philly to his family home in Seattle, Washington. No longer a cop, no longer an FBI consultant, he is basically intent upon denning up and nursing his considerable wounds. When a chance stroll along the cliffs reveal a body floating in the surf, Prescott is plunged into the mystery of the murder of Washington's female governor. From then on it's high priced lawyers, beautiful female cops, a sassy forest service ranger, an old enemy from the past, and one bloody murder after another.

If you are looking for a fast-paced, surprise-a-minute mystery with an unexpected twist at the end, this is the book for you. As gratifying as Gray Matter is as a top-notch mystery, the human-interest story intertwined with it is even more appealing. Add Nick Pirog to your list of "must reads."
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advid Reader - First Time to Submit a Review Oct. 7 2012
By CowboyBidz - Published on Amazon.com
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I stumbled across this book by pure chance and I'm so very glad I did. I could go on about the mufti-layered story-line and the wonderfully twisted sense of humor of the main character, but instead I think I'll just copy & paste the comment I posted to the authors Facebook page last night.

"A close friend of mine is having a really hard time right now. I gave her a copy of your book, hoping it would raise her spirits. She called me late last night, crying. All I could make out was...."my phone is almost dead" and something about a message on her answering machine. I had my keys in my hand and was heading for the door when I realized she wasn't crying.....she was laughing! And there wasn't a message on her answering machine......she was reading the first chapter of your book! Thank you so much, for making my friend laugh"

I'm probably not supposed to do this, but I can blame in on my being a novice. In regards to the review that criticized the use of "the Puget Sound". It's a book meant for enjoyment, not the manual for the United Nations, Jeeezzzz. ~ Zondra Dunaway
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up for Thomas Prescott Oct. 30 2012
By Rich - Published on Amazon.com
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It was an interesting book and a good follow up to his first book. Great character and a funny guy (quick witted, smart mouth kind of way). The first book (Unforeseen) was so original I found myself laughing out loud when reading it, five stars, and this book continued in the same vein. It was a slightly different story from the first in that none of the characters, other than mentions of his sister and Alex, appeared in this second novel. Overall was a great book and I found it interesting how the older gentlemen was weaved into the story. I have been hooked for such a long time with the Harry Bosch series from Michael Connelly, which I think covered about 16 books with the same character, as well as the Sigma series from James Rollins, which was about 7-8 books, so I would love to see another book in the Thomas Prescott series. I will have to check out Nick's new series.
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