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“What a character. Aristotle Socarides is a diver, a fisherman, and a PI who just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. He’s the brainchild of a genius—Paul Kemprecos—who knows a thing or two about writing action and adventure. I bow to the master and urge all of you to read this latest installment in a first rate series.”
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I am pleased to announce that my book The Minoan Cipher, the second in the Matt Hawkins series, was nominated for a Thriller award by the International Thriller Writers. The book was one of five finalists in the Best Paperback Original category for 2017. The winner was announced at the Thrillerfest awards banquet in New York. The organization’s annual conference brings together a thousand writers, readers, editors and agents. The ITW has around 3800 members in forty-seven countries. Its membership represents more than three billion books in print.

                                                                       released April 10, 2018

                              Shark Bait


                                                                                               Cape Cod has become the world’s hotspot for the Great White shark.
                                                                                                In growing numbers, scores of the fearsome predators patrol local
                                                                                                waters to hunt for their favorite prey among the crowded seal
                                                                                                colonies. But, unlike JAWS, where a shark terrorized an island
                                                                                                community, the beasts that have flocked to the shores of the world-
                                                                                                renowned summer resort have been good for business. The spotter
                                                                                                planes, shark warning pennants, beach closings, and occasional seal
                                                                                                kills have created an air of excitement rather than fear. At least, that is,
                                                                                                until Kirk Munson is found dead in Cape Cod Bay, and the suspected
                                                                                                killer is a Great White named Emma.                                    
                                                                                               
Part-time P.I. Aristotle “Soc” Socarides has been too busy trying to
                                                                                                keep his charter fishing business afloat while attempting to avert a
                                                                                                family crisis to pay much attention to all the shark fuss. But when he and his faithful old pickup truck become collateral damage in what should have been a routine oyster poaching case, he takes Munson’s place steering a boat for a film crew shooting a movie based on the legend of the reputed witch, Goody Hallett, and the notorious pirate, Sam Bellamy.
As if things aren’t complicated enough, an old flame wants Soc to prove Emma is innocent. And a fading movie star Soc has admired for years requests his help dealing with a gang of murderous thugs acting under the orders of an international war criminal. It doesn’t take long for Soc to find himself swimming in dangerous waters, where he learns the hard way that the most dangerous ‘sharks’ are the two-legged species.

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On Saturday, July 14, from noon to 2 PM, I will be at a table outside the Yellow Umbrella bookstore on Main St. in Chatham signing copies of 'Shark Bait'. Although Great White Sharks are pretty much off all our shores, Chatham waters are the epicenter for the shark population. Stop by and say hello if you're in the neighborhood.

For information about the book, check out this recent article in the Cape Cod Chronicle. And this article in the Barnstable Patriot.