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The Silent Second: A Chuck Restic Mystery


“Position your colossal failures as part of the necessary path to success .” – Dale Carnegie

Key Qualifications

  • 15 plus year cubicle denizen / 1 year in an office
  • Long track record of inappropriate humor
  • Los Angeles native (since 2001)
  • Numerous appearances on HR’s watchlist
  • Poster child for the Peter Principle
  • Has read The Long Goodbye ten times
  • Dislikes cops, Glendale PD in particular

Work Experience

Un-named Global Corporation (2001-present)
  • Executive at a fantastic company (and want to keep it that way)
  • Only interaction with Human Resources has been on the wrong side of them
  • Surliness (once a liability) now helping to establish a reputation as a “critical thinker”
  • Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
Creative Artists Agency (2001)
  • Covered scripts; fired for being too negative
  • Provided validation that my writing was just as bad as the stuff getting bought
Harlem Methadone Clinic (1998-2000)
  • Researcher at “Lexington 125” (as the Velvet Underground would say)
  • Location of many of my most depressing and hilarious memories
Oceana (1995-1997)
  • Waited tables at an upscale NYC restaurant
  • Bolstered my disdain for humanity and love of kitchen banter – “corner!!”
Segol Distributors (1994-1995)
  • Worked to place a generic drug line at Russian pharmacies; undone by too many crooks
  • Well-positioned to focus a future installment of the series on the Russian mob
  • Will continue to pepper books with obscure Turgenev references
Johannsen Brothers Painting (1989)
  • Painted houses for a summer; only fell off a roof twice
  • Long hours of silent contemplation while inhaling paint fumes helped creativity process


Columbia University, MFA in Film (2001)
  • Directed two mediocre short films that played in numerous mediocre film festivals worldwide
  • Wrote his first screenplay; lives in fear that someone has a copy and will blackmail him
The American University, BA in International Studies (1993)
  • Soviet Politics major until the collapse of the Soviet Union wiped out the degree
  • “Studied” at Kiev State University but mostly drank vodka, froze ass off, and had ego boosted by beautiful women who wanted to live in America.


  • Family - resides with wife and two kids in Eagle Rock
  • Los Angeles - knows all the shortcuts (even before Waze) and where to find the best tacos
  • Detective fiction - the two MacDonalds, Chandler, Raoul Whitfield, James Crumley
  • Cooking - everything by Lidia Bastianich

Key Deliverables

“You’ve accomplished little. And it’s taken too long to do it.” – Jack Welch

The Silent Second: A Chuck Restic Mystery

August 15, 2017

The Perpetual Summer

January 9, 2018

The Big Con

Summer 2018

Best Practices

“No one likes HR, for good reason.” – anonymous HR director

Chuck Restic is no legend of the Human Resources discipline. He actually knows very little about the function and is wildly ineffective in his role. That makes him the ideal person to serve as your corporate mentor.

Follow him on Twitter for practical (i.e. inappropriate) HR tips, de-motivational quotes and a forum to ask direct questions to an icon in the industry.

Connect with him on LinkedIn to unravel your job search efforts and to see "5 Things to..." articles that will help build your corporate apathy.


“I used to talk into a mirror. Now people pay me to speak.” – Patrick Lencioni

  • August 21, 2017



    Adam Walker Phillips discusses and signs The Silent Second: A Chuck Restic Mystery

  • Ocotober 12-15, 2017

    Toronto, Canada

    Bouchercon 2017 Speed Dating 8-11 a.m. on Thursday, October 12 in Grand East and Meet the Bouchercon New Authors Event at 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 13

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“Self-praise is the quickest path to undeserved confidence and enduring success.” – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Phoef Sutton

New York Times–bestselling author of Heart Attack and Vine and Wicked Charms

“The Silent Second is Chinatown for the Human Resources Department. Full of humor, outrage, and suspense. Adam Phillips’s book is everything a thriller should be.”

Joe Toplyn

Emmy-winning writer and author of Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV

“Bodies are piling up. It’s the ultimate people problem. This guy in HR can handle it.”

M. William Phelps

NY Times bestselling author of Dangerous Ground: My Friendship with a Serial Killer

“Think Monk meets Moonlighting, with a whole bunch of The Office tossed in for good measure—that is, a burned-out HR director who’s a hybrid of Marlowe and Michael Scott. Like me, you’ll laugh your ass off while immersed in the mystery.”

Jim Heimann

executive editor at Taschen America and author of Sins of the City and Los Angeles: Portrait of a City

“Just when you thought detective fiction had hit a plateau, along comes The Silent Second. Adam Phillips takes us into new territory, running a tight ship, sniffing out LA in detail, and then covering it with a steely patina of darkness in true noir fashion. This taut, smart, fast-paced thriller is from a fresh author to

Sarah Cooper

creator of TheCooperReview.com and author of 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings

“Beneath the surface of every corporate drone is a story waiting to be told. Adam Phillips solves the mystery hidden in each seemingly innocuous word, mannerism, and expression to expose another piece in this twisting puzzle. Surprising and funny, it turns out this HR professional also makes a damn fine investigator and tells a story that feels honest and fantastic at the same time.”

Bob Halloran

author of White Devil and Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward

“The real mystery here is how Phillips keeps elevating the suspense and the humor simultaneously”

Publishers Weekly

“An] absorbing first novel and series launch... the insights into the workings of the corporate mind and the machinations of L.A. real estate are worth the price of admission.">

Kirkus Reviews

“Compassion blossoms into obsession, turning a corporate middleman into a neophyte sleuth.... Chuck's engaging first-person narrative effectively puts the reader into his unsteady shoes in this promising series kickoff”


"Phillips' prose overall is smart and supple, with a humorous bent, and this debut kicks off a promising series."

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