A Chuck Restic Mystery
By Adam Walker Phillips

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PREVIEW THE BIG CON: The Big Con—Chapter One


The Silent Second
A Chuck Restic Mystery
August 2017
Paperback ISBN 978-1-945551-04-8
ebook ISBN 978-1-945551-05-5

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

Chuck Restic Has a Problem…

…and her name is Julie St. Jean: consultant guru superstar and the bane of Chuck’s existence.

Over his twenty-year career, Chuck—HR manager and part-time private investigator— has been forced to partner with her on inane employee engagement programs whose only value has been to Julie’s sizable bank account. When Julie is suddenly wanted for the murder of an associate, Chuck sees his chance to rid himself of her forever, until the corporate tables are turned on him and he must find the elusive figure or risk losing his job. The search uncovers a dark past of murder and stolen identity, and what begins as a search to save his corporate neck soon turns into one a lot more literal.

Advance Praise for
The Big Con

“The subtly arch first-person narrative gives the third series installment from Phillips (The Perpetual Summer, 2018, etc.) a smooth noir vibe, and the additional wrinkle of an unreliable sidekick adds delicious tension to a plot that unfolds with a satisfying series of twists.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Phillips pokes wry fun at corporate life through his refreshingly humane investigator.” — Publishers Weekly

“…the main appeal here is watching Phillips satirize the HR world and its absurd reliance on corporate-speak.”
— Booklist

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.

Check out his website for PowerPoint humor and more at adamwphillips.com.

Praise for the Chuck Restic mystery series

The Silent Second is Chinatown for the Human Resources Department. Full of humor, outrage, and suspense. 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

“Beneath the surface of every corporate drone is a story waiting to be told. Adam Phillips solves the mystery hidden in each seemingly innocuous word, mannerism, and expression to expose another piece in this twisting puzzle. Surprising and funny, it turns out this HR professional also makes a damn fine investigator and tells a story that feels honest and fantastic at the same time.”
Sarah Cooper, creator of TheCooperReview.com and author of 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings

“The real mystery here is how Phillips keeps elevating the suspense and the humor simultaneously.”
Bob Halloran, author of White Devil and Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward

“If there is such a thing as corporate noir, Phillips nails it, and the literary flavor of these terrifically entertaining mysteries can be best described as Philip Marlowe meets Dilbert.”