For Whom the Minivan Rolls: An Aaron Tucker Mystery

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Bancroft Press, Oct 3, 2002 - FICTION - 261 pages
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Aaron Tucker isn't a detective. An aspiring screenwriter, freelance reporter, stay-at-home dad, and expert on consumer electronics, Aaron actually defies all traditional characteristics of a detective. He's 5'4," and weighs less than Robert B. Parker's leather jacket. And he doesn't have any investigative training. But he's funny, down-to-earth, lovable, and resourceful. He has good and loyal friends, like Jeff Mahoney, the huge rental car mechanic who helps him out of tight situations, and Abigail Stein, his sexy wife, who happens to be a successful criminal lawyer, and whose advice comes in handy a time or two.So he's baffled when the richest guy in his New Jersey town, Gary Beckwirth, insists that Aaron, and Aaron alone, investigate the disappearance of his wife, Mary Beckwirth, who has inexplicably vanished from their home in the middle of the night.Aaron refuses Gary's desperate pleas, but once the editor of the town newspaper offers Aaron $1000 to write the story on Mary's disappearance, Aaron finds himself agreeing to investigate, despite his lack of investigative reporting experience. When the disappearance becomes a murder, he has no choice but to keep investigating, no matter how unqualified he may be.
 

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Aaron Tucker and his family are great to spend time, and this first in the series shines like a new spotlight. It is funny, it is real and it features people as most people know them, just going ... Read full review

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Contrary to popular belief Jeffrey Cohen was not born in the log cabin he helped his father build. Rather he was born in Irvington, New Jersey which has never seen a log cabin that wasn't at one time or another, turned into a tavern. After a childhood of normal duration, Cohen attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, so as to maintain a record of never having left the Garden State for more than two weeks at a time, something which has never been equalled (or attempted) by anyone else. He studied English (when actually attending classes and not lounging at the student newspaper office), but decided to work as a journalist anyway. Finding work (after a fashion) at the Passaic Herald-News, he served as a municipal reporter for well over six months, establishing new lows in news gathering, but managing, in his final work for the newspaper, to quote Chico Marx. Following a hideous foray into public relations, Cohen eventually became a trade journalist, and covered the consumer electronics business until someone asked him to stop. Since 1985, he has been a freelance reporter and writer, writing for such publications as The New York Times, TV Guide, USA Weekend, Premiere, American Baby, and The Newark Star-Ledger, among many others. He is also the author of over 20 feature-length screenplays, some of which are actually good. His work has been published in The New York Times, TV Guide, and Entertainment Weekly, among many others, and his screenplays have been optioned

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