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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Crime
  • Language:English
  • Pages:232
  • eBook ISBN:9781667826738
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667826721

Common Criminals

An East Bay Tale

by Ernie Koepf

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Overview
"Common Criminals" is a captivating novel set in the San Francisco Bay area. Filled with adventure, excitement, and crime, this is a must-read for fans of literary fiction! Dive into this story and follow along as a group of friends, led by Zilm, look to make some money.. and make it quickly.
Description
"Common Criminals" is a captivating novel set in the San Francisco Bay area. Filled with adventure, excitement, and crime, this is a must-read for fans of literary fiction! Dive into this story and follow along as a group of friends, led by Zilm, look to make some money.. and make it quickly. Zilm has a bright idea; an opportunity to get rich quick, but he can't do it by himself. He needs people he can trust. Fortunately, he knows just where to find them and they are right here in East Bay neighborhoods, where they have been since grammar school! Now, if they can just be made to see things the right way, they could be set for life. The perfect crime!
About the author
Ernie Koepf resides in the East Bay with his wife Jan Moestue. They live with Elsie the dog and the 20 year old cat, Jenna. He is formerly a commercial fisherman out of Half Moon Bay, Ca. Please feel free to contact him at nearshoreguy@hotmail.com.

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ernie
Common Criminals . So I spent yest and this morning finishing it and I really do like it. It was structurally tight, moved right along ,had great character development and some really wonderful dialogue-Fred Sears Read more
matt
A Motley Crew on a Harrowing Caper I was thrilled to learn that Koepf has penned another novel, having immensely enjoyed his coming of age tale, "Opening Day." Though not a regular reader of crime novels, I gave this a chance and now I know what all the buzz is about. I'm left with the firm belief that the author has to be a second story man - he writes with criminal bona fides! We meet most of the main characters as the book opens with an epic sea battle on San Francisco Bay pitting the rowdy kids on salvaged rowboats against a sleek, immaculate vessel bearing Sausalito Sea Scouts and their foppish captain. The author describes it with a thrilling cinematic scope that he employs throughout the novel, so that I felt immersed in the vivid action. Then we meet the gang as young adults finding little success in their mundane lives, ripe for the one big crime that can "take them over." The author has a gift for developing these unique, colorful characters, their motivation, their manner of speaking. The dialogue crackles throughout. He obviously had the good fortune to grow up with a merry band of impish mates. The story builds as a big caper presents itself and each lad wrestles with committing to the dangerous plan. When they do, the tale really amps up. The author awes with his intricate knowledge of security systems, burglary tools, safe-cracking devices, electronics, law enforcement, firearms, the Coast Guard, Homeland Security and giant construction cranes, where downright harrowing action takes place. The crime unfolds with such extreme tension and suspense, and is so well-described, I was on the edge of my theater seat! The aftermath, with wily cops and seasoned investigators circling, reminded me of when I was a scared kid in trouble. After all this, I was unprepared for the crushingly dramatic, astounding surprise ending that yes, blew me away! What a scene! Ya done good, Koepf! Read more