Smile Now, Cry Later (Chuck Restic Mystery Book 1) by Paul MacDonald

Posted June 21, 2015 by oladar in Reviews / 1 Comment

Smile Now, Cry Later (Chuck Restic Mystery Book 1) by Paul MacDonaldSmile Now, Cry Later by Paul MacDonald
Narrator: Paul Dake
Series: Chuck Restic Mystery Series #1
Published by Self Published on 8 April 2015
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Modern Detective
Format: Audiobook
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Chuck Restic is wasting away in a soul-crushing job in Corporate America. As an HR exec he spends his days avoiding lawsuits. But when Chuck ventures out of his Los Angeles skyscraper to investigate the disappearance of a colleague, he starts to feel alive again.
Chuck's not your typical Private Investigator (he prefers a passive-aggressive approach over the old-fashioned fisticuffs kind) but he is amusingly effective at solving crimes. And at last he is able to apply that HR experience -- the same one that gives him so much consternation -- to a finer purpose.

This first book in the humorous mystery series takes Chuck from the shady underworld of Armenian mobsters to the billion-dollar land developments that serve as the lifeblood of Los Angeles. Murder lurks at every turn and this amateur sleuth needs to find the killer before his name is added to the list.

The Chuck Restic Series is a fun romp that mashes traditional mystery with a scathing send-up of Corporate America. It's a new kind of noir that delivers a fresh take on the classic Los Angeles detective novel and will have you wanting more from Chuck Restic, Private Investigator.


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Smile now, cry later is the first book in the series “Chuck Restic Mystery” by Paul MacDonald, which is Published in January 2015, narrated by Paul Dake. The genre of this book is modern detective.

Chuck Restic is a normal office worker in Human Resources for a large corporation, when a man in his corporation disappears suddenly. Only Chuck’s bad emotional state (his very near divorce) and his free time, made him start looking in this case, where he discovers that this disappearance is just the surface for something much bigger than he could have imagined.

The settings are very real, it screams bureaucracy of corporate America. However, what was really realistic was the characters, they were very, logical, understandable, and cool (and I’m talking about a bunch of NORMAL BORING peoples) ….. Let me take a moment to explain how much I liked the style of the characters in this story (sorry about that, but I have to rant or I won’t be able to sleep tonight.)

So here we have the protagonist “Chuck” who is unlike most heores in detective stories. He isn’t a macho man with all the charm that makes each female sown to the ground. He isn’t a hero with skills in Karate or an expert marksman the likes of a Matrix character. He is a BORING OFFICE WORKER, and you know what that’s okay, he gets beaten up, and threatened, but doesn’t go back to avenge his manly pride, he feels vulnerable, sad, and motivated to help another human being, his only weapon is his knowledge of psychology and HR skills (which is awesome by the way).

okay I’m done….

The events here are told form Chuck’s narrative point, they are fast paced, but not so predictable as part of the plot, we can see the plot is logical, fun, and surprising.

The narration of Paul Dake was very good at moving along with the events, he showed the suitable voice for each scene, he really could deliver the emotional states and the thoughts of Chuck with ease. However, there were some moments I just laughed out loud, he really did a great job with the story.

About Paul MacDonald

Paul MacDonald 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, to bring you the Chuck Restic mystery series.

He lives with his wife, son and blind dog in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles and its environs is a main character in the Chuck Restic series. Its diversity of neighborhoods and people play a large role in each story.


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