A Chuck Restic Mystery
By Adam Walker Phillips

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ISBN 978-1-945551-12-3
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PREVIEW THE PERPETUAL SUMMER: The Perpetual Summer—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 Big Con
A Chuck Restic Mystery
August 2018
Paperback ISBN 978-1-945551-26-0
ebook ISBN 978-1-945551-27-7

Chuck Restic Returns

Our favorite HR man-turned-detective
is back!

A missing teenage girl leads L.A. corporate HR exec–turned–private eye Chuck Restic to a high-profile fight over a new art museum and a 40-year-old murder that won’t stay in the past. Anyone can be behind the teenager’s disappearance: her fitness-obsessed mom, switchblade-toting chauffeur, personal life coach, or even the girl herself.

This second in the Chuck Restic series takes aim at the absurdities of corporate America and the realities and eccentricities of life in Los Angeles, while captivating readers with a first-rate detective story.

Praise for The Perpetual Summer

“This one’s all about style, and the juicy bits are all in the evocative writing—“the wonderfully sad pink of an early Sunday morning”—and the offbeat information: to see in darkness look out the corner of your eye. For the idiosyncratic mystery reader.”

“Nuanced character portraits and slowly building suspense make this both an involving human story and a crackling crime yarn.”
Kirkus Reviews

“In this darkly humorous crime novel, Phillips nicely contrasts Chuck’s action-packed sleuthing with his humdrum corporate battles. Well aware of the irrelevance of his HR position, the budding Philip Marlowe narrates in the same wisecracking style of so many old-school detectives.This atmospheric mystery vividly captures a diverse, contemporary Los Angeles that will still be recognizable to readers of Raymond Chandler.”
Library Journal

“Chuck’s sharp, wry insights into the absurdity of the corporate world reveal his existential need for more meaning in his life, and many scenes are genuinely funny… Phillips’s clever blend of the absurd and the serious will have readers looking forward to Chuck’s next adventure.”
Publishers Weekly

“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.”

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 Silent Second

“With his melancholy attitude and knowledge of HR jingoism, Chuck Restic makes a perfect narrator…The Silent Second, introduces an amateur sleuth worth following.”
Lesa’s Book Critiques

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