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No Wake Zone (Last Exit Series Book 2) by [Grundler, C.E.]
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Hazel Moran, the tough truck-driving amateur sleuth introduced in C. E. Grundler’s debut novel, Last Exit in New Jersey, returns in this dark and twisting sequel.

Seven years ago, someone destroyed Jake Stevenson’s dreams by murdering his fiancée, Helen Matthews, and her family. Since then, tracking down the one responsible—and making the person pay—has consumed his life. Stevenson thinks the truth behind the killer’s identity and motive might still lie in the most elusive place—buried within the mind of a semi-mad man. But Stevenson may have found the means to unlock Hammon’s suppressed memories, and cleverly he draws Hazel into his hunt. Can she trust Stevenson, or does he have a hidden agenda? Hazel has her suspicions—but she has her own reasons for playing along.

While there’s no question he’s insane, Hammon still has enough sense to question Stevenson’s motives, and his loyal companion, Annabel is even more concerned. To protect Hazel from becoming the next casualty of a forgotten history now repeating itself, they must retrace a treacherous path of deceit and murder. But Annabel thinks Hammon is going about everything entirely wrong, and she has decided it’s her turn to start calling the shots, whether Hammon likes it or not. And when, again, someone very close to Hazel dies, she’s pushed to the edge. The facts all point to suicide, but Hazel isn’t buying that. She’s determined to prove it was murder, and she’s closing in on answers, only to find someone is changing the questions. No one she trusts will hear her out; they’re all certain she’s in denial and becoming potentially unstable. But when has presenting a serious threat to herself and others ever stopped Hazel?

As her hunt travels from New Jersey to a Manhattan rave and a vacant construction site outside LaGuardia Airport, it’ll take all of Hazel’s tough, fearless, no-nonsense smarts to navigate a complex and dangerous trail of clues. How far will some people go to hide the truth? And how far will she go for vengeance?

About the Author

C. E. Grundler, a self-described “diesel-driving, double-clutching Jersey girl who spends too much time fixing boats and trucks, sailing, writing, and not behaving according to expectations,” has sailed the region’s waters single- handedly since childhood. Devouring her father’s old hard-boiled mysteries as a child planted the idea for a tough, resourceful woman, and Hazel Moran, the diminutive but deceptively hard-nosed heroine, made her debut in Grundler’s first novel, Last Exit in New Jersey. It was named one of the top three mysteries in the 2010 Red Adept Annual Indie Awards.

When not writing, she spends her free time aboard Annabel Lee, her thirty-two-foot Cheoy Lee trawler. She lives in northeast New Jersey with her husband, three dogs, and an assortment of cats. No Wake Zone is her second novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (May 22 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00773A5PS
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling May 27 2012
By David Saemann - Published on
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C. E. Grundler's No Wake Zone is an excellently paced thriller. The action builds slowly, but accelerates as the plot gets more involved. Hazel Moran is a splendid protagonist, a mix of Jersey Girl and James Bond who immediately engages one's sympathies. The whole cast of characters is beautifully drawn. There are small fry business types, Hazel's beloved with a delightful second personality, and a host of New Jersey shore types. As a fellow New Jerseyan, I am very taken with Grundler's use of particular Jersey locales that she seems to know to their very core, down to the lingerie department at Nordstrom's in the Garden State Plaza. My only hesitation in giving the novel five stars is that I felt that Grundler's prose, while always engaging, at times is stilted and even cliched. Nevertheless, I found myself hanging on from chapter to chapter as the book progressed. The tactic of alternating chapters between Hazel and her beloved works out solidly, providing two interesting and complementary narrative streams. I look forward to the next return of Hazel Moran.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel May 22 2012
By Ann Looker - Published on
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I've been waiting "No Wake Zone" to come out ever since reading the tantalising first chapter at the end of the previous book, "Last Exit in New Jersey". I think it is essential to read this series in order and I can easily understand the confusion of readers who have read this book in isolation. I read it in a single marathon session. The characters are just as fascinating this time around and there's a lot of fun to be had sorting out the goodies from the baddies. I hope the author intends to continue this series. I'm quite hooked.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read #1 First! June 28 2012
By moolane - Published on
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When I ordered this book I missed the fact that it is #2 in a series. It appears that I'm not the only reviewer who made this mistake.

When I started reading "No Wake Zone," I was totally baffled....I felt like I was picking up a book and trying to read it from the middle - NOT from the beginning. The characters were well defined and the plot seemed to be fully established. Then I discovered that it is #2 in a SERIES of books. Boy did I feel stupid!

I am basing the number of stars for this review on the writing style of the author and the little bit of the plot that I understood (which, admittedly, was very little). After I read book #1 I will then try to read this book again and revise my review accordingly.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YesTo Tails of New Jersey Aug. 16 2012
By katey t. - Published on
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I chose to read this book because I had read the first book "Last Exit in New Jersey". I was excited to read it being that I am a Jersey Shore girl, born and bred in Jersey.
This book,"No Wake Zone" continued on in its fashion, being a very good read and having the same characters as the first book. It had me from the first page. Held my interest right away and continued thru the whole book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a solid story with humor and excitement in all the right places.
Happy Reading,
Kathleen Tillotson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, until the very end Aug. 8 2012
By Kurt G. Schumacher - Published on
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I enjoyed the frist book in this series, "Last Exit in New Jersey". And I highly recommend that you read that book before reading "No Wake Zone". There are a lot of characters in these books, and a lot of twists and turns. If you jump right into "No Wake Zone" without the background from "Last Exit in New Jersey" you might be very confused for a while. At the very least you'll be missing a lot of important background information.

I was looking forward to this book, and I enjoyed it as much as the first. Right up to the very end. At the point where where everything is explained, the main character points out the guilty party and reveals their motivation, seemingly out of thin air. It was one of the biggest "What the ... ??" moments I've ever had at the end of a book. I skimmed through the book a couple of times looking for a clue, and finally found one paragraph early in the book that explained the motivation, a seemingly random comment made at a party. Then I found another very subtle cluelet (I just made that word up) that would only make sense if you knew something about the topic of the other comment. There was one other comment almost at the end of the book that was somewhat related, but there was no indication at all that the main character noticed it or made any connection to the case.

Jumping from that to the herione figuring out the crime after all the twists and turns in the book stretched my credibility too much. If the author was going to make me believe that the heroine figured out the killer's motivation, there needed to be a lot more evidence. It almost felt like the author needed to wrap things up, picked something the make the killer do what they did, and then went back and threw in a couple of "clues".

I gave the book three stars only because it was quite good up to that point. I'm not sure I would recommend this book to anyone given the disappointing ending. If you're willing to forgive that, you might enjoy the book.