Dearly Departed (Holland Taylor Series #3)

Dearly Departed (Holland Taylor Series #3)

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by David Housewright
     
 

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St. Paul private eye Holland Taylor is back in Edgar Award-winning author David Housewright's third lively tale. Private investigator Holland Taylor has a low opinion of sleazy lawyer Hunter Truman and listens reluctantly to Truman's plea to help him find the missing Alison Emerton, whom the police suspect has been murdered. But when Truman plays the tape Alison left

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St. Paul private eye Holland Taylor is back in Edgar Award-winning author David Housewright's third lively tale. Private investigator Holland Taylor has a low opinion of sleazy lawyer Hunter Truman and listens reluctantly to Truman's plea to help him find the missing Alison Emerton, whom the police suspect has been murdered. But when Truman plays the tape Alison left and shows Taylor her photograph, the elusive woman captures his curiosity. Could it be that Alison is not dead but has disappeared to start life under a new identity? If so, why? As Taylor investigates, he meets people who loved her, or hated her--sometimes both. They include her secretive parents; her handsome, angry ex-husband; a wary former lover; her very loyal women friends; and the man the police had once held as the chief suspect. Taylor's investigation leads him to a rural Wisconsin town, where he meets two men very much involved in Alison's life and uncovers big-money plans involving a resort and proposed gambling casino: schemes with stakes high enough that they will cost not only fortunes but lives. As Taylor exposes the motives of the players and untangles Alison's strange story, events come together in an explosive finale.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sleazy lawyer Hunter Truman sends cop-turned-Twin Cities PI Holland Taylor after a missing woman in Housewright's disappointing third novel. Alison Emerton has either been murdered by Raymond Fleck, a convicted rapist who was stalking her, or has left to start over someplace far from Fleck and her insensitive husband, a man clearly more concerned with collecting the insurance money for her presumed death than with grieving for her loss. Taylor is smitten by an alluring photograph of Allison and quickly becomes emotionally involved in the case. His search leads out of St. Paul to a lakeside town enveloped in a debate over Native American casino rights. Housewright's Penance (1995) won an Edgar for best first novel, and once again he shows a sure narrative touch through the voice of his engaging and quirky shamus. Yet the novel hits several wrong notes. An overly dogmatic antidrug tirade, an obvious final twist and a murky series of legal/business machinations over casino and water rights all detract from what has been a singularly pleasurable series filled with light crime tones. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
212 days after Alison Emerton disappears, her husband's attorney asks Holland Taylor if he'll start looking for her. Since litigation-happy lawyer Hunter Truman's closest prior approach to Twin Cities p.i. Taylor (Penance, 1995; Practice to Deceive, 1997) was to sue him, Taylor wonders why Truman's chosen him for this work—and why Alison's boorish husband Stephen seems so little concerned about Alison's reports that rapist Raymond Fleck was stalking her. When he starts to talk to the people who knew Alison best, though, Taylor gets the first inkling that this is going to be a chimera of a case, one as hard to hold onto as a greased pig. Fleck guilelessly admits his interest in Alison but says she returned it with interest. When Taylor attacks Fleck's alibi and gets the cops to arrest two different suspects, at least one of whom is obviously covering for the other, it ought to be a great day (even if it'll mark the last of Truman's $400 daily paychecks). But Taylor, still unsatisfied, suddenly gets a completely new idea about what happened to Alison, and takes off for the Wisconsin town of Deer Lake to dodge bullets, dish dirt about a new local casino, share drinks and conversation with its presumptive Native American owners, and follow Alison's loyal friends around very, very closely. Understated, literate, and tricky as they come, even if the last few surprises aren't up to the first dozen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393047714
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Holland Taylor Series, #3
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.05(d)

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Dearly Departed (Holland Taylor Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I just completed reading Dearly Departed, by David Housewright. I really thought the whole story was fascinating. Although there were numerous characters I still enjoyed the overall story. The setting was also interesting because the novel occurs in places in Minnesota and Wisconsin, so if you¿re from one of these areas you get a nice visual image of the setting throughout the whole story. I also enjoyed the ending a great deal, so you will have to read it to find out for yourself! I would give this book five stars because it was exciting, adventurous, and intriguing and that is what I look for in a good novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished Reading, Dearly Departed. I enjoyed the setting a great deal and the ending was wonderful. I did find it annoying to keep track of all the small characters but in the end it I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes a good plot and exciting ending!