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The Shoulders of Giants (A Jake Abraham Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Cliff
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Book Description

A missing girl. A ruthless killer. A rookie P.I.

Jake Abraham is a child of the 80s, brought up by Jim Rockford, Thomas Magnum and three beautiful girls who worked for a man named Charlie. He's loving his new job as a Private Investigator and already has his first client - a disgraced former police captain whose daughter has disappeared.

When the girl shows up dead, Jake is drawn into a dangerous world of organised crime, police corruption, infidelity and serial murder.

With a terrified city in the grip of a killer who's always one step ahead of the police, how can a raw young P.I. hope to make a difference?

The Shoulders of Giants is a fun, fast paced thriller in the mold of Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker.

Praise for The Shoulders of Giants:

"Plenty of intrigue with a heart stopping finale - it kept me guessing til the end"

"Jake is a truly engaging character with just the right amounts of nerd, geek and intelligence to make you care."

"The book has wit, suspense and is very well written - it was hard to put down and I was very sleepy today at the office!"

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About the Author

Like his protagonist, Jake Abraham, Jim Cliff grew up in the 80s, watching Columbo, Rockford and Bogart movies and wanting to be a detective. He wrote his first book at the age of five - a short story about a lion and a family of water snails - and has been writing ever since. When he's not writing, Jim makes videos for the web and lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his beautiful wife and amazing children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 349 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147764265X
  • Publisher: Jim Cliff (16 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RZBN3E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a huge fan of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series, and pretty much devoured everything he wrote during the last twenty years.

American crime fiction in general has always been my genre of choice, with other authors I enjoy including Ed McBain, Gregory McDonald, Patricia Cornwell, Sara Paretsky and Carol O'Connell.

I guess this is the reason that I decided to write a detective novel set in the US even though I am British. It made the research a bit harder, but I didn't shy away from trying to get the details right - especially regarding the forensics and evidence.

I have more stories featuring Jake, Scott and Abby planned - all I need to do now is find the time to write them down!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A compelling mystery made very easy to read 30 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This mystery novel has a different feel from most of the suspense/thrillers that I have previously read. The protagonist labours under none of the usual 'grunge' stereotypes - he doesn't spend time agonising over his alcoholism or his relationship with his family; he doesn't appear to be under constant financial pressure; and although he is sometimes caught in shady underworld situations, they don't have the underlying feeling of grime that permeates the genre. Jake Abraham is a very likeable detective, who appears to have no problem charming everyone from mob bosses to press-shy police. Indeed, I occasionally found jarring the ease with which he seemed to get answers from people who started off not particularly interested in helping. Either Jim Cliff has a nobler view of humanity than other authors, or he's setting up for a twist in a sequel.

This was a fun read, and kept me interested to the end. The first couple of chapters don't do the work justice, so my advice is to persist. I particularly enjoyed Jake's relationship with his friend in the police force, which will come in very handy for future novels. I hope to see more of Jake Abraham in future.

Recommended for fans of British police drama rather than American spy novels.

(I was given a free copy of this book in return for a review.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A giant of a book ... 9 Nov. 2012
By Sharon
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed the way this book was written. The main characters were engaging and there was a good level of humour between them and also in Jake's private thoughts.

I liked the way that Scott explained various forensic terms and police procedures to Jake, and therefore the reader, which helped me to understand and follow the direction of the police investigation.

The story kept me entertained and it didn't follow a predictable course, but kept me guessing until the end. One of the better books I have read for a while and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. 4.5/5 rounded upto 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slick Suspense 28 Mar. 2015
By tassy
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The Shoulders of Giants by Jim Cliff is a brilliant detective thriller worthy of Chandler or Hammett. Full of slick detective work, ruthless criminals, a monstrous killer and above al the PI who loves Rockford and Magnum as does this reader. Highly enjoyable with enough twists and turns to keep this reader guessing. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The shoulders of giants 1 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book I have read from this author and I really enjoyed it. An easy book to read and didn't take me long to finish it
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3.0 out of 5 stars More a typical detective story than a mystery 5 Dec. 2013
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An easy to read short, conventional ''serial killer'' crime/detective story with a likable main character. For the most part I enjoyed the story but the letdown was the ending which felt bolted on and rushed.
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I wasn't sure what to make of this novel by an author I haven;t heard of before, but I needn't have worried. It's a well written and ingeniously plotted detective thriller that mixes one part Ed McBain, another part Sue Grafton and a third part - the largest part, at least for me - of Carl Hiassen.

I have some interest in forensic pathology myself, and, as another reader has noted, the sections where the green Jake is schooled in the art are particularly strong (and interesting). It's an old literary trick to use an inexperienced central character as a proxy for the inexperienced reader, thereby easing the way into an unfamiliar and exciting world, and Cliff really does nail it.

In a world where detective protagonists are very often not the most likeable of characters, Cliff has created in Jake a gumshoe with whom I would happily share a beer.

The pacing is good, especially once the introductory paragraphs are out of the way, and I found myself with a case of the "just one more chapters" that I was unable to resist. A late night ensued!

Very highly recommended, and I'll be looking out for more from Cliff (and Jake, I hope).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "The Shoulders of Giants" by Jim Cliff 2 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Jake Abraham, a young private investigator takes on his first case, and it's a doozy. Perception and reality are at odds in Chicago, and Jake does his best to unravel the truth for his client. He encounters corruption, revenge, and a variety of fascinating characters along the way. Rough and tumble is balanced by tenderness and compassion as we bear witness to the welcome erosion of Jake's inexperience.

This was an engaging and well-crafted story. It makes me want to see how Jake handles his next cases. He's motivated, he's fresh, he's got heart, he cooks, and he's in for the long haul. He's someone you will want to get to know better.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff 15 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a fan of crime thrillers and The Shoulders of giants didn't let me down. I was hooked from the very first chapter; Jake is the likeable main character and narrates the story along with smart dialogue with the story's believable, well rounded characters. The story unfolds quickly with twists and turns and a gripping storyline. I found this novel to be exciting and full of suspense. I especially enjoyed the friendship between Jake and Scott. I won't be a spoiler but this has an exciting climax. I really enjoyed this novel and will be looking for more from this author.
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A good read, that deserves a follow up. I for one would like to see this.
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Oh, how I love this book! I wish it would go off and have babies right now so I can read more of it. I really liked Jake Abraham as a protagonist. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating & Entertaining
'The Shoulders of Giants' is the story of rookie P.I. Jake Abrahams as he investigates a disappearance that turns into a murder case.

I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by chettsgenie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good detective thriller
Enjoyed reading this, evidently the first of a planned series, an American whodunnit. Not too demanding in working out who did do it, but an engaging read nonetheless.
Published 22 months ago by Stress Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars shoulders of giants brilliant
i got this one free a few weeks ago, started it and couldnt leave it alone a realy refreshing new character, like jake i was a jim rockford fan, cant wait for next one
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4.0 out of 5 stars The shoulders of giants
I like a good crime thriller, this one was good, kept interested and didn't work out until near the end. Good read.
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