Contest of Wills: A Frank Cole Mystery

Overview

When we last saw Frank Cole in EXILE TRUST, he'd solved a twenty year-old murder and had also helped his good friend Gray Toliver uncover a plot to break into the Exile town bank's safe deposit area. He was still saddled with the massive debt from his bankruptcy, was still working as a low-paid fact-checker, and was still dating local photographer Beth Ann Thibedault.

In CONTEST OF WILLS, Frank gets a new job, a new friend, and a new case:

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Overview

When we last saw Frank Cole in EXILE TRUST, he'd solved a twenty year-old murder and had also helped his good friend Gray Toliver uncover a plot to break into the Exile town bank's safe deposit area. He was still saddled with the massive debt from his bankruptcy, was still working as a low-paid fact-checker, and was still dating local photographer Beth Ann Thibedault.

In CONTEST OF WILLS, Frank gets a new job, a new friend, and a new case:

When Frank signs on as a fact-checker for a Tallahassee law firm, he has no idea what's in store for him. The firm's lead investigator, brash Jimmy Hanigan, quickly introduces him to the darker side of private investigations work. Then the firm's owner, Walter Daley, tells them that his old friend and client Chester Pratt has died of a prescription drug interaction-and that Pratt's will is missing.

Frank and Jimmy soon discover that everyone named in the missing will was at Pratt's birthday party the night he died, and that he'd already had a close call with the same medication months before. Frank's photographer girlfriend Beth Ann steps in when Frank and Jimmy get hold of the pictures from the birthday party, and her help doesn't end in the darkroom: Against Frank's wishes, Jimmy Hanigan soon has her working undercover in places where he and Frank would be recognized.

As the trio dig deeper 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453814611
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Vincent H. O'Neil brings a wealth of life experience to his writing. After graduating from West Point, he served as an infantry platoon leader in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York for three years and as an infantry company commander in the 1-508th Airborne Battalion in the Republic of Panama for two years.

He is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute's aggressive one-year Mandarin Chinese language training program, and holds a Master of Arts degree in International Business from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Among his many different experiences, he has provided consulting services to a software development firm, managed risk in a major corporation, created marketing campaigns, and worked as an apprentice librarian.

After writing in his spare time for many years, he won the St. Martin's Press "Malice Domestic" Writing Competition in 2005. His critically-acclaimed debut novel, Murder in Exile, is the first in a mystery series featuring the background-checker Frank Cole. It was followed by Reduced Circumstances, Exile Trust, and Contest of Wills.

He has also released the military science fiction novel Glory Main (under the name Henry V. O'Neil) and the Lovecraftian horror novel Interlands, featuring his first female protagonist.

All of his novels are available in ebook and print versions, and you can read sample chapters at his website www.vincenthoneil.com

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ

    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; in fact, I devoured it in just two sittings, I was that hooked. Highly Recommended, Jan Evan Whitford, author of MYSTIC ISLAND

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    Just released -- the new Frank Cole mystery CONTEST OF WILLS

    The award-winning Frank Cole mystery series continues! 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, brashJ immy 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.

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