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    Wayne Zurl(Author)

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Sam Jenkins never thought about being a fish out of water during the twenty years he spent solving crimes in New York. But things change, and after retiring to Tennessee, he gets that feeling. Jenkins becomes a cop again and is thrown headlong into a murder investigation and a steaming kettle of fish, down-home style. The victim, Cecil Lovejoy, couldn't have deserved it more. His death was the inexorable result of years misspent and appears to be no great loss, except the prime suspect is Sam's personal friend. Jenkins' abilities are attacked when Lovejoy's influential widow urges politicians to reassign the case to state investigators. Feeling like "a pork chop at a bar mitzvah" in his new workplace, Sam suspects something isn't kosher when the family tries to force him out of the picture. In true Jenkins style, Sam turns common police practice on its ear to insure an innocent man doesn't fall prey to an imperfect system and the guilty party receives appropriate justice. A NEW PROSPECT takes the reader through a New South resolutely clinging to its past and traditional way of keeping family business strictly within the family.

The voice and style read effortless and consistent. Dispensed with laid-back ease, the pace is a quick draw and the plot doesn't step out of sync. Plotted well through and through. --Ephraim Rodriguez on Authonomy.com (Harper-Collins' author's site)Sam Jenkins has just become a favorite character of mine. I generally have a weakness for cops but Sam is not your ordinary hero. --You Gotta Read Reviews A NEW PROSPECT won Eric Hoffer (2012) and Indie (2011) Book Awards. It placed as a finalist for A First Horizon Book Award and a Montaigne Medal. This is the debut novel in the Sam Jenkins mystery series.

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  • PDF | 276 pages
  • Wayne Zurl(Author)
  • Black Rose Writing (January 20, 2011)
  • English
  • 9
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By Brenda C on July 24, 2011

    Are you a fan of small town mysteries set in the south? If so then your in for a real treat because Wayne Zurl gives us just that! This one is set in the tiny town of Prospect, TN. Sam Jenkins had been retired from his job as a New York police detective for 14 years when he decides to apply for the job of Police Chief in Prospect, after the former chief was forced into an early retirement for uhh hum illegal activities. Who would have ever guessed that one the first day of Sam's job a murder would take place, I mean after all murder never happens in Prospect!!!Turns out during a car show, Sam and his partner for the day are called to a local car show to take care of a disorderly drunk. The drunk turns out to be Cecil Lovejoy one of the towns most prominent citizens, whom most people really didn't like. Later in the day they are called back to the car show because of a murder, and guess what the murder victim is none other than Cecil. Sam decides because of his former experience with the NYPD his office will take care of the murder investigation but soon it become obvious that Cecil's family wants him off the case; but Sam doesn't let that stop him from trying to solve the case!I loved this one! When a book starts out with someone having a life altering experience in the Walmart you just know its going to be a good read! This is one of those books that really grabbed me from the first pages and held me through out. I actually read it in one sitting. The writing is smooth and really captures the flavor of the south, I could even hear the southern dialogue in my head while reading! I love the laid back style of Sam Jenkins, not to mention his often sarcastic sense of humor.The character of Sam seems to fit perfectly into his new role, and the secondary characters in his little department are great! I also love when an author includes a dog in the story and for this one we have Sam's little Scottish Terrier Bitsey.Its easy for me to see why this book was an Indie award winner, and for anyone who loves a good mystery, set in a small town with a southern flavor, this book is going to be right up your alley!

  • By Michael Phelps on April 15, 2012

    PROSPECT, TENNESSEE is a sleepy-hollow type of town in the valley of the Smokie Mountains in Eastern Tennessee. It has a thirteen member Police Department, one female and one African-American, who happens to be a former LAPD Officer.SAM JENKINS retired after twenty years as a Detective Lieutenant on the Suffolk County Police Department in Long Island, New York. A Veteran of Viet Nam, where he rose through the ranks from Private to an Officer, he took his 20 year retirment party, commendations, pension and a wristwatch, packed up his loving wife of 25 years and moved to a few acres of what he intended would be their little patch of earth providing peace and tranquility. Divorce and alcoholism is a serious 'occupational hazard' for Police Officers. Although Sam Jenkins sizes up the women who pass by him, I have no doubt he has never strayed, and his love for his wife is more important to him than anything. Kate plays a big role in his life. He is a really, lucky guy. Fourteen years of working his land, tending to his vegtable garden and making friends, he notices a job opening for "CHIEF" of the Prospect Police Department. He is hired immediately and will report directly to the boyish mayor, Ronnie Shields.He is asked to begin work the following Friday. That is moved up by the 'retirement' of the foremer Chief, and Sam is asked to work starting on Thursday, and to work the Auto Show on Saturday. He agrees, after all, the Mayor had met his large salary and a new Ford Police Interceptor, unmakred police car demands. No one in Prospect had memory of a murder in Prospect. Yet, indeed, the murder of a wealthy and powerful contractor-homebuilder happens at the end of the Auto Show. Chief Sam Jenkins has no short list of suspects. Yet, he is ordered to relinquish the investigation to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations. He had solved more murders in his 20 years as a New York Cop than there were members of the TBI. Strange; he found it, the victim's family wanted him off the case.Chief Sam Jenkins is immediately welcomed by his small cadre of police officers, and they form an aliegence to him quickly. With help of his 'volunteer' cops persist in conducting their own, 'discret' investigation. One problem Chief Jenkins faces early on is that one of his close friends is immediately considered a suspect, and eventually arrested by the TBI. Chief Sam knows in his ';gut', his friend is innocent.A NEW PROSPECT is one of the very, very best books I have read about police work in quite some time. I discovered Author WAYNE ZURL here on Amazon and purchased "SCRAP METAL & MURDER", then "A MURDER IN KNOXVILLE", also by Author WAYNE ZURL. Now that I have read "A NEW PROSPECT", I know the back-story of "Chief Sam Jenkins", his devoted wife, "KATE", and the officers of Prospect Police Department. I enjoyed "SCRAP METAL & MURDER" and "A MURDER IN KNOXVILLE", now having read the first in this series, "A NEW PROSPECT", I also have "A LABOR DAY MURDER" and "BULLETS OFF BROADWAY", on my Kindle and I see there are a few more by this very prolific Author.I know there is a long list of COPS who, in retirement, with nothing but time on their hands have turned to WRITING. Joseph Wambaugh, (Sgt. LAPD-Retired) jumps in my mind. AUTHOR WAYNE ZURL is, in my opinion one who has made the daunting challenge seem too easy. He is in the "BIG LEAGUE" of Detective Novelists. Having spent 14 years or so in Tennessee, he has even gotten their dialect down to a science. His character development, descriptions of every scene is perfect. Personally, I believe AUTHOR WAYNE ZURL is, in fact "CHIEF SAM JENKINS". I believe he has drawn on some of his actual cases and just moved them to Prospect, Tennessee."A NEW PROSPECT", "SCRAP METAL & MURDER", "A MURDER IN KNOXVILLE" each give the reader a really interesting mystery to read, and a lot of fun in the process. I cannot recommend this brilliant Writer too highly. FIVE STARS for each of the three books I have read, and I am eager to read his other works.Michael PhelpsAuthorMiami Shores, Florida


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