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Penance: A Holland Taylor Mystery

Penance: A Holland Taylor Mystery

Written by David Housewright

Narrated by R. C. Bray


Penance: A Holland Taylor Mystery

Written by David Housewright

Narrated by R. C. Bray

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4.5/5 (5 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Jan 1, 2013
ISBN:
9781611748857
Format:
Audiobook

Description

P.I. Holland Taylor reluctantly agrees to help Minnesota gubernatorial candidate and media darling Carol Catherine Monroe with the skeletons rattling in her closest. But the murder of an innocent campaign worker teaches Taylor some sins can never be forgotten.

Holland Taylor is comfortable in interrogation rooms. For years the cold dark cells of the St. Paul Police Department homicide squad were his turf, and with the help of his partner he wrung confessions out of countless killers. But that was long ago. Tonight Taylor is on the other side of the desk. Tonight he is the suspect.

Taylor’s career in the department ended after his wife and daughter were killed in a drunk driving accident. The culprit, John Brown, was sentenced to a measly six years for vehicular manslaughter, and Taylor vowed bloody vengeance in front of open court. After a few months of freedom, Brown is shot dead, and Taylor, now a private investigator, is called in as the obvious suspect.

The death turns out to be linked to Taylor’s current case, involving state representative and gubernatorial candidate Carol Catherine Monroe, who is being blackmailed by an old boyfriend. He didn’t kill John Brown, but he will find out who did even if it means tearing the Twin Cities apart from the inside out.
Released:
Jan 1, 2013
ISBN:
9781611748857
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

A former reporter and adman, David Housewright (b. 1955) has, in the last fifteen years, become one of America’s most successful mystery authors. Born in Minnesota, he pursued journalism from a young age, hand-mimeographing a neighborhood newsletter and editing his high school paper, from which he was fired for printing an editorial condemning the Vietnam War. After high school he went to work, first for the Minneapolis Tribune and later for a small newspaper in southern Minnesota. It was there that Housewright met Holland Laak, the county sheriff who inspired his first detective: Holland Taylor. Taylor’s debut, Penance (1995), was a success, winning Housewright an Edgar Award for best first novel. As he gradually began writing fiction fulltime, Housewright produced two more Taylor novels before publishing A Hard Ticket Home (2004), which introduced Rushmore McKenzie, an unlicensed Twin Cities private eye. In 2011, Housewright published the eighth McKenzie novel, Highway 61, and he has plans for more. He continues to live and work in Minnesota.


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  • (5/5)
    Holland Taylor, ex-homicide cop finds himself the suspect in the case of the death of John Brown, the man who killed his wife and daughter in a DUI car accident. Brown was killed just a few months after his release from prison after serving most of a four-year sentence, so naturally Taylor becomes a suspect. He's sucked into the investigation by his former partner, Anne Scalesi, now a lieutenant in the St. Paul Homicide unit and he’s thrown into the midst of the campaign of C.C. Munro who might become the first female governor of Minnesota. As the dead bodies pile up and connections appear, Taylor has some serious navigating to do through the swamp. It has cynicism, a nifty plot, and humor. Can’t ask for more than that. P.S. He has a pet rabbit. named Ogilvy. An excellent P.I. story. I will definitely read more.