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The Mayflower Murder

(1996)
(The fifth book in the Aristotle Socarides series)
A novel by

 
 
Kirkus Reviews
A fifth adventure featuring Aristotle "Soc" Socarides, Cape Cod p.i., fisherman, diver, and general knockabout (Feeding Frenzy, 1993, etc.), is that common entertainment-fiction combination of the lethal and fairly harmless. Here, Soc is tapped by an old Vietnam buddy to come to the aid of Native American activist Joe Quint, a charismatic rouser of rabble who's possibly been framed for the murder of a tourist theme-village night watchman. Quint so much doesn't want to talk to Soc that he breaks jail and goes into deep hiding. But evidence found during an underwater archaeological expedition, visits by friendly and hostile Indians, and the desire to protect pretty women, among them Quint's idealistic lover Patty, pull Soc into conflict with corrupt gambling interests. Hyperbolic Quint had once advocated the pulverization of Plymouth Rock; let's just say that, in bomb-happy America, he should have been careful what he wished for.

Kemprecos can be an appealing enough writer ("Peter was a likeable guy. It was going to be tough pushing the down button on his elevator"), but without the beach-bum existentialism of John D. MacDonald and the bankable funniness of Robert B. Parker, Soc seems merely (and inconsistently) a third-string substitute. Many readers, of course, will find that enough.

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for Paul Kemprecos's The Mayflower Murder

Hardback Editions

April 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Mayflower Murder
Author(s): Paul Kemprecos
ISBN: 0-312-14852-6 / 978-0-312-14852-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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June 1996 : USA Hardback

Title: Mayflower Murder
Author(s): Paul Kemprecos
ISBN: 0-312-13644-7 / 978-0-312-13644-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Mayflower Murder (Aristotle "Soc" Socarides) (Volume 5)
Author(s): Paul Kemprecos
ISBN: 0-615-91455-1 / 978-0-615-91455-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Suspense Publishing
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Kindle Editions

November 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Mayflower Murder (Aristotle Socarides series Book 5)
Author(s): Paul Kemprecos
Publisher: Suspense Publishing
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