The Silent Second


By Adam Walker Phillips

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Coming August 2017

Paperback | $16
ISBN 978-1-945551-04-8

Ebook | $9.99
ISBN 978-1-945551-05-5

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Meet Chuck Restic

Chuck Restic has achieved the American dream: a successful career with a large corporation, his own home, and the best health insurance and retirement package money can buy… but he’s crumbling inside. Twenty years in Human Resources have pushed Chuck into an existential crisis. Only when he sets out to find a missing employee from his L.A. firm does he feel alive again. Applying his HR skills and wit to his moonlight detective work, Chuck unravels a web of crooked L.A. real estate deals and three murders, staving off a fourth: his own.

This smart, witty, fast-moving mystery launches a new Everyman detective—stay tuned for more Chuck Restic coming soon!


The Perpetual Summer
A Chuck Restic Mystery
January 2018
Paperback ISBN 978-1-945551-12-3
ebook ISBN978-1-945551-13-0

About the Author

Adam Walker Phillips is an executive at a global financial services company who has endured countless PowerPoint decks, offsite retreats and visioning sessions, synergies, and synergistically minded cross-functional teams, all in service of his work as a novelist to tell the story of an HR man-turned-moonlighting detective.

Phillips holds an MFA in film from Columbia University, where his short films were featured in dozens of festivals worldwide, including Clermont-Ferrand and Palm Springs International. He was also the winner of New Line Cinema’s development award for his film, Bibles.

He lives in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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