Sorrento Beach

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Santa Monica 1977. Paul Townsend is living an idyllic life on the sun drenched sands that meet the blue Pacific. But Paul’s life is about to be turned upside down. A large man in a suit and tie walks toward the volleyball courts of Sorrento Beach. Jack Rosen, a fellow player, leaves with a stranger and does not return. Will Paul be able to unravel the mystery ... before it’s too late for Jack? More

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About David Grote

This is David Grote’s first venture into novel writing, unless you count Major League Pitcher, the one he wrote as a year-long sixth grade assignment. In the late seventies, Dave lived, worked, and played in the settings of Sorrento Beach, so he knows of which he writes.

Currently, Dave resides in Manhattan Beach, California, where he and his wife, Sherie, have raised three children.

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Review by: pappab on Oct. 10, 2012 :
I found this book held my attention throughout. I think that the different threads of the story were intriguing but for a long time seemee to be seperate from each other. The wasy they came together in end was pretty neat.
I look forward to the next offering from David
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Review by: Rene Natan on Oct. 4, 2012 : (no rating)
Between playing volleyball on a famous Santa Monica’s beach and stringing a tennis racket, protagonist Paul Townsend plays sleuth. His friend Jack Rosen has disappeared and his house ransacked. Jack’s past is a sad one, as his family was wiped out at the end of World War II by the Russian army.

Memories of Paul’s youth at a prestigious high school in Winfield, Kansas surface here and there; his encounters with beautiful actress Jennifer Ryan are full of passion and desire, while a new romance appears on the horizon.

As the search for Jack progresses the name of Jerry Moberg comes up; when Paul and his friend Tom Ruderman pay a visit to Jerry they are mystified by what they learn. Jack Rosen, aka Isaiah Rosenberg is part of a spying ring involving selling cutting-edge technologies to the Russians. Ivan Sokolov, a movie producer from Germany, enters the scene but the man is not who appears to be; the mystery thickens and soon “Townie” finds out that playing detective can be a very dangerous game.
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Review by: Maureen McCormick on Sep. 27, 2012 :
I very much enjoyed this book. A nice, smooth read for a rainy afternoon!
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Review by: C.J. Schmidt on June 22, 2012 :
This is the first book I have ever quit reading before the end. I'm on page 178 of 280, and I just don't care any more. The beginning was pretty good, and I figured from the prologue this would be a pretty good read. He sets up how much Jack means to him and Jack disappearing. But then its a 150 pages of very little to do with Jack's disappearance. I keep waiting for something to happen, anything, at all, but it just doesn't happen. I'm sorry, but it's just not worth my time.
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