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Death in Deep Water

Kemprecos, Paul

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ISBN 10: 0385423799 / ISBN 13: 9780385423793
Published by Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1992
Condition: Very Good Plus Soft cover
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posted may 2009. clean, tight copy. very minor edgewear. inscribed by author jan/1995. This uncorrected proof has a green paperback format. The inscription reads, "Jan. 1995 - For George and Nancy, Movers Extrodinoine(sp)! Best wishes always, Paul Kemprecos. Bookseller Inventory # 007601

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Title: Death in Deep Water

Publisher: Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: Uncorrected Proof

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Hired to prove that Oceanus Aquatic Park's star killer whale, Rocky, is not responsible for the drowning death of abusive trainer Eddie Byron, Soc goes undercover as a park employee to find out the truth.

About the Author:

My fiction-writing career owes it start to the bad navigation of an 18th century pirate. For it was in 1717 that a ship, the Whydah went aground, reportedly carrying a treasure. In the 1980s, three salvage groups went head-to-head, competing to find the wreck. The controversy over the salvage got hot at times and I thought there might be a book in their story. I developed my own detective, an ex-cop, diver, fisherman, and PI named Aristotle “Soc” Socarides. He was more philosophical than hard-boiled. Making his first appearance in “Cool Blue Tomb,” the book won the Shamus award for Best Paperback novel. After many years in the newspaper business, I turned to writing fiction and churned out five more books in the series. Clive Cussler blurbed: “There can be no better mystery writer in America than Paul Kemprecos.” Despite the accolades, the Soc series lingered in mid-list hell. By the time I finished my last book, I was thinking about another career that might make me more money, like working in a 7-11. Several months after the release of “Bluefin Blues,” Clive called and said a spin-off from the Dirk Pitt series was in the works. It would be called the NUMA Files and he wondered if I would be interested in tackling the job. I took on the writing of “Serpent” which brought into being Kurt Austin and the NUMA Special Assignments Team. Austin had some carry-over from Soc, and another team member, Paul Trout, had been born on Cape Cod. The book made The New York Times bestseller list, as did every one of seven NUMA Files that followed, including “Polar Shift,” which bumped “The DaVinci Code” for first place. After eight NUMA Files I went back to writing solo. I wrote an adventure book entitled, The Emerald Scepter, which introduced a new hero, Matinicus “Matt” Hawkins. I have been working on the re-release of my Soc series in digital and print, and in 2013, responding to numerous requests, I brought Soc back again in a ninth Socarides book entitled, Grey Lady. Christi and I live on Cape Cod where she works as a financial advisor. We live in a circa 1865 farmhouse with two cats. We have three children and seven granddaughters. To learn more about Paul Kemprecos, check out his website at

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