David L. Hoof

Triple Jeopardy

Greed and mutual deceit pit the wills of rich husband and wife Richard Speckt and Cynthia Speckt in an attempt to win all in a marriage gone sour. The lady strikes first. In order to defeat a draconian clause in the pre-nup, Cynthia hires a team of kidnappers headed by tough guy Tim Lath to spirit her husband away to a magical island and create evidence of his infidelity, the only condition under which Cynthia is not financially eviscerated by divorce.

Unknown to her or Lath’s elite team, Richard, through a felonious former associate, Ernie Gompf, has hired a half-wit hit man, Mongo DelVecchio, to kill Cynthia. If Mongo is successful, Richard Speckt, as sole survivor of the marriage, will instantly inherit Cynthia’s own seventy million.

Caught in the middle and starting clueless of the underlying intrigues is Denny Potemkin, a dead ringer for Richard, an unknown, unemployed L.A. method actor and impressionist who, while standing (and lying) in for the kidnapped Richard, also needs to keep the world’s economy from toppling.

Gradually learning more and more of Richard Speckt’s secrets, Denny begins to wonder if in the end he becomes the man who knows too much.
While Denny Potemkin plays the role of his life, with his life itself in the balance, the real Richard Speckt plays out his own intrigues in a primitive tropical society ruled by a tyrannical headsman, Namohcam (macho man backwards), who treats Richard Speckt as Richard usually treats others. Most odious of all indignities to the free-wheeling capitalist is Namohcam’s edict that even in an isolated Neolithic island economy, Richard must be “regulated.”

The tone is wickedly irreverent, a no-holds-barred satirical romp, a blend of Wall Street, The War of the Roses and A Midsummer Night’s Dream staged on Fantasy Island. Triple Jeopardy irreverently mixes a delicious combination of malice, rage and paranoia that, like the adversarial spouses, is served cold but often simmers hot.

Enlisted in both tropical and urban theaters, a is a cast of supporting characters banal, evil, scheming, creative, desperate, duplicitous and petulant.

Unpredictably but inevitably, the plot turns sudden and unexpected corner with last-second revelations of secret counterplots and hidden surprises. Well-developed integral subplots engage a range of delightful cameos, from secret lovers with their own greedy ambitions to an eccentric, reclusive artist who is made into an overnight sine qua non. In an ending where nothing and everything changes, both partners get what they most want, but not all they want, and certainly not without unanticipated consequences.

Praise for Triple Jeopardy


"One of the characters in Triple Jeopardy says, "I'm feeling dislocated. As if something I wanted or the way I wanted it is suddenly spinning out of control." Characters don't know where they are or how they got there. But Hoof never loses control in a taut narrative so mesmerizing that it pulls the reader into an unforgettable Wonderland."

- Thomas B. Allen, author of Possessed

David L. Hoof weaves a tale of revenge, greed and image control that manages to garner laughs and create suspense at the same time in Triple Jeopardy. Filled with non-too-innocent characters possessingtheir own agendas for the roles they play in the Speckt’s absurd lengths to annihilate one another instead of divorcing in order to protect their excessive wealth and status. Centered around the arrogance and excess of the rich in America, Triple Jeopardy exposes the tricks the wealthy use to create the appearance of wealth and power and to gain more. Kidnapping, murder, rape and greed all play roles in Triple Jeopardy. Hoof’s use of language, vivid imagination, and study of human nature in Triple Jeopardy will entertain, intrigue, and provide the reader with a guilty sense of delight at watching the rich fight to maintain their self-created, self-inflated images equated with money and power.

-- T.L. Cooper Author of All She Ever Wanted


If you are in for a bit of a romp, enjoy word play, with a touch of fantasy thrown in, you’ll find it all in Triple Jeopardy by Dave Hoof.


-- Peter Abresch Author of Capitol Coven,



"Before he married his wife Cynthia, multibillionaire Richard Speckt crafted an almost airtight pre-nup preventing her from absconding with his massive fortune; however, when the relationship goes sour, Cynthia hires kidnappers to steal Richard away to a tropical island and supply proof of his infidelity -- which will ensure that she receives a sizable chunk of his vast estate...little does Cynthia know, though, Richard has trumped her efforts by making arrangements for her to be executed -- which, endering him sole survivor, will entitle him to all her assets...
meanwhile, unknown, unemployed method actor Denny Potemkin (who's been hired to stand in for the absentee Richard) soon begins to learn all of the powerful tycoon's dark, dangerous secrets -- which may just lead to his own untimely demise...in the end, a host of supporting twists and turns ultimately proves that even the best laid plans are far from guaranteed...

Trashing along at a supremely blitzing pace, Triple Jeopardy reads like "The War of the Roses" on Speed. In his wildly imaginative suspense thriller, author David Hoof interweaves drama, intrigue, and murder plots gone afoul to forge a powerfully cautionary tale of the perils of basic human greed. Furthermore Triple Jeopardy doubles as a stinging expose of the profligate excesses characteristic of the rich and wealthy, a rather timely message in this modern era of lavish responsibility.

Deliciously irreverent, Triple Jeopardy is a well-crafted sendup of the extremes to which deep-seated malice and envy can take anyone. A thoroughly entertaining read."

- Renee Washburn
Apex Reviews
Official Apex Reviews Rating: Four Stars



"Feeling rather careworn, and in need of some humorous diversion, I fortunately happened upon David Hoof's explosively entertaining satire, Triple Jeopardy, the perfect antidote for seasonal sadness, economic despair -- or any other quandry requiring some fast, legal mood elevation.

Hoof craftily weaves an uproarious tale of crosses, double-crosses and off-the-wall capers botched by a cast of characters that makes Nixon's 'plumbers' appear like a sober-suited cadre of the most skilled and smooth operatives. In this congeries of plots and plans, everything goes awry for everybody but the reader. In this novel, David Hoof deliver one of the very best comic effects of the year! Read it. You'll like it."

David E. Tolles
Five stars



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