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!

Advance Praise

The Silent Second is Chinatown for the Human Resources Department. Full of humor, outrage, and suspense. Adam Phillips’s book is everything a thriller should be.”
Phoef Sutton, New York Times–bestselling author of Heart Attack and Vine and Wicked Charms

“Bodies are piling up. It’s the ultimate people problem. This guy in HR can handle it.”
Joe Toplyn, Emmy-winning writer for such shows as Monk and Late Show with David Letterman and author of Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV

“I love it when a writer ‘gets it.’ Doesn’t take him- or herself too seriously. In that sense, Adam Walker Phillips not only gets it, he takes it to a revolutionary, unique, and often hilarious, new level—all at the expense of several sleepless nights while burning through pages of The Silent Second, one of the most engaging and refreshing novels to hit the market this season. Think Monk meets Moonlighting, with a whole bunch of The Office tossed in for good measure—that is, a burned-out HR director who’s a hybrid of Marlowe and Michael Scott. Like me, you’ll laugh your ass off while immersed in the mystery.”
M. William Phelps, New York Times–bestselling author of Dangerous Ground: My Friendship with a Serial Killer


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

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About the Author

Adam Walker Phillips is a 20-year veteran of Corporate America. He has endured countless PowerPoint decks, offsite retreats and visioning sessions, synergies and synergistically-minded cross-functional teams, to bring you the Chuck Restic mystery series. He lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles.

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