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Fiction: Mystery & Detective
Unabridged   8.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/01/2013

Edgar Allan Poe Award - First Novel


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Digital Download ISBN:9781611748857


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.

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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.


“R.C. Bray delivers a perfect raspy-voiced private eye who is dragged into a murder case that the cops really want him to solve since it’s a political flytrap.”

“A surprisingly accomplished first novel with a likable everyman protagonist and a clever plot.”

“An intriguing, darkly pessimistic take on American politics and media.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“As long as authors like David Housewright build first novels as good as Edgar-winner Penance, readers will come.”
      —The Armchair Detective

Author Bio

A former reporter and ad-man, DAVID HOUSEWRIGHT won an Edgar award for best first novel for Penance, featuring P.I. Holland Taylor. Housewright has gone on to write additional Taylor novels as well as another series featuring Rushmore McKenzie, an unlicensed Twin Cities private eye. He lives and works in Minnesota.

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