Contest of Wills

Contest of Wills

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by Vincent H. O'Neil, Henry V. O'Neil
     
 
When Frank Cole takes a job as an in-house investigator at a Tallahassee law firm, he has no idea what's in store for him. The firm's lead investigator, brash Jimmy Hanigan, takes him under his wing right away. Then the firm's owner, Walter Daley, tells them that his old friend and client Chester Pratt has died under mysterious circumstances--and that Pratt's will is

Overview

When Frank Cole takes a job as an in-house investigator at a Tallahassee law firm, he has no idea what's in store for him. The firm's lead investigator, brash Jimmy Hanigan, takes him under his wing right away. Then the firm's owner, Walter Daley, tells them that his old friend and client Chester Pratt has died under mysterious circumstances--and that Pratt's will is missing.

As Frank and Jimmy dig into the case, they learn that Pratt's death may have indeed been an accident, that no one in his family seems to want his fortune, and that an old nemesis from Frank's first case is dogging their steps. In no time at all, it's a true contest of wills in sunny Florida.

Editorial Reviews

Jan Whitford
Okay, think legal thriller meets hardboiled mystery. If you're looking a cerebral mystery, then CONTEST OF WILLS is the book for you. In this intelligent, well-written tale, nothing is as it seems. Suicide? Maybe. Murder? Could be, but there's no plausible motive and, in fact, no one really even cares to be a beneficiary in the victim's will. Frank Cole and his supporting cast of compelling characters and the wonderfully serpentine plot will keep you turning pages
E.E. Justice
I've been feeling something missing from my life. I didn't realize what until I read Vincent O'Neil's latest Frank Cole adventure, Contest of Wills. I'd been missing Frank, who after the earlier three episodes, has become like a trusted buddy. I missed his self-depricating charm - a dude like many of us who has screwed up royally in life but soldiers on. I'd also been missing O'Neil's deft, facile prose. Like the other Exile books, this one made me smile a lot as I followed Frank and his crew
John Surdu
Vincent O'Neil has created a great character in Frank Cole. The mysteries are unique in setting and tone. Frank is a great character. I loved the first three books and loaned them to my mom, who is an enthusiastic mystery reader. She loved them too. I was VERY excited the see this fourth book available. It is the best yet in this really under-appreciated and not-well-known series of books. If you like a good mystery where all the clues are there for you to piece together, you'll like this book.
Ann Meier
The fourth in the Frank Cole series is a fun read for mystery fans who like to solve puzzles. Vincent O'Neil provides a manageable group of suspects that are introduced to the reader in a way that makes it easy to keep everyone straight and yet difficult to decide who 'dun it'. The author plays fair with the reader giving the reader all the facts Frank Cole has and plenty of time to weigh the available evidence. The suspects are refreshing and act in ways that you might not expect
Amazon - Jan Whitford
Okay, think legal thriller meets hardboiled mystery. If you're looking a cerebral mystery, then CONTEST OF WILLS is the book for you. In this intelligent, well-written tale, nothing is as it seems. Suicide? Maybe. Murder? Could be, but there's no plausible motive and, in fact, no one really even cares to be a beneficiary in the victim's will. Frank Cole and his supporting cast of compelling characters and the wonderfully serpentine plot will keep you turning pages
Amazon - E.E. Justice
I've been feeling something missing from my life. I didn't realize what until I read Vincent O'Neil's latest Frank Cole adventure, Contest of Wills. I'd been missing Frank, who after the earlier three episodes, has become like a trusted buddy. I missed his self-depricating charm - a dude like many of us who has screwed up royally in life but soldiers on. I'd also been missing O'Neil's deft, facile prose. Like the other Exile books, this one made me smile a lot as I followed Frank and his crew
Amazon - John Surdu
Vincent O'Neil has created a great character in Frank Cole. The mysteries are unique in setting and tone. Frank is a great character. I loved the first three books and loaned them to my mom, who is an enthusiastic mystery reader. She loved them too. I was VERY excited the see this fourth book available. It is the best yet in this really under-appreciated and not-well-known series of books. If you like a good mystery where all the clues are there for you to piece together, you'll like this book.
Amazon - Ann Meier
The fourth in the Frank Cole series is a fun read for mystery fans who like to solve puzzles. Vincent O'Neil provides a manageable group of suspects that are introduced to the reader in a way that makes it easy to keep everyone straight and yet difficult to decide who 'dun it'. The author plays fair with the reader giving the reader all the facts Frank Cole has and plenty of time to weigh the available evidence. The suspects are refreshing and act in ways that you might not expect

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012479327
Publisher:
FNG Press
Publication date:
04/20/2011
Series:
Frank Cole Mysteries , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,125,697
File size:
175 KB

Meet the Author

Vincent H. O’Neil brings a wealth of life experience to his writing. He has served as a US Army officer, provided consulting services to a software development firm, managed risk in a major corporation, created marketing campaigns, and worked as an apprentice librarian.

A native of Massachusetts, he holds a Bachelor of Science from West Point and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. After writing in his spare time for many years, he won the St. Martin’s Press "Malice Domestic" Writing Competition in 2005.

His award-winning debut novel, Murder in Exile, was the first book in a mystery series featuring the background-checker Frank Cole. It was followed by Reduced Circumstances (2007) Exile Trust (2008)and Contest of Wills, which was released in 2010.

He has also been published in two anthologies: "Finish the Job", his tale of a father-daughter team of art thieves who have some trouble breaking into a museum, is featured in Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers from Level Best Books (2009) and his darker story, "Blood Tells", about a money launderer who makes a big decision in a short span of time, appears in Bad Cop - No Donut from Padwolf Publishing (2010)

Harlequin Worldwide Mystery just purchased the paperback rights to both Murder in Exile and Reduced Circumstances and will be releasing them sometime in 2011.

His newest mystery novel, Death Troupe, is the first book in a theater-based mystery series featuring playwright Jack Glynn and the unusual members of the Jerome Barron Players theater troupe.

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