A Chuck Restic Mystery
By Adam Walker Phillips

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PREVIEW THE SILENT SECOND: The Silent Second—Chapter One


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

The Big Con
A Chuck Restic Mystery
August 2018
Paperback ISBN 978-1-945551-26-0
ebook ISBN 978-1-945551-27-7

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 LA firm does he feel alive again. Applying his HR skills and wit to his moonlight detective work, Chuck unravels a web of crooked LA 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!

Praise for The Silent Second

“Compassion blossoms into obsession, turning a corporate middleman into a neophyte sleuth…Chuck’s engaging first-person narrative effectively puts the reader into his unsteady shoes in this promising series kickoff.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[An] absorbing first novel and series launch… the insights into the workings of the corporate mind and the machinations of LA real estate are worth the price of admission.”
Publishers Weekly 

“Phillips’ prose overall is smart and supple, with a humorous bent, and this debut kicks off a promising series.”

“Just when you thought detective fiction had hit a plateau, along comes The Silent Second. Adam Phillips takes us into new territory, running a tight ship, sniffing out LA in detail, and then covering it with a steely patina of darkness in true noir fashion. This taut, smart, fast-paced thriller is from a fresh author to watch.”
Jim Heimann, executive editor at Taschen America and author of Sins of the City and Los Angeles: Portrait of a City

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

“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

“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

“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.”

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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, all in service of bringing 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.