Murder in Exile [NOOK Book]

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Winner of the 2005 Malice Domestic Award, Murder in Exile features the character Frank Cole, a recently bankrupted software designer trying to start his life over. Working as a fact checker for local insurance companies, Frank finds that even a simple hit-and-run investigation might not be what it seems.
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Overview

Winner of the 2005 Malice Domestic Award, Murder in Exile features the character Frank Cole, a recently bankrupted software designer trying to start his life over. Working as a fact checker for local insurance companies, Frank finds that even a simple hit-and-run investigation might not be what it seems.
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Editorial Reviews

The Sunday New York Times - Marilyn Stasio
O'Neil is a polished storyteller with a breezy style and some interesting things to say about abandoned sons and their surrogate fathers.
Kirkus Reviews
Frank's an appealing hero-a younger, more upbeat version of Stuart Kaminsky's Lew Fonesca-and it would be great to see more of him.
The Library Journal - Library Journal
Debut author O'Neil, the 2005 winner of the Malice Domestic/St. Martin's Press Best First Traditional Mystery contest, has a flair for storytelling, and his grasp of the business world, with its mergers, takeovers, and bankruptcy scandals, makes this timely reading.
Amazon - Harriet Klausner
Fans will enjoy this fine whodunit starring a reluctant hero fearing another MURDER IN EXILE, his.
Richmond Times-Dispatch - Jay Strafford
With a Florida locale, an appealing hero, a cast of interesting supporting players and a fast-paced, tightly written story, O'Neil's first time out is as enticing as the prospect of a week at the beach.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012390691
  • Publisher: FNG Press
  • Publication date: 4/17/2011
  • Series: Frank Cole Mysteries , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 228,538
  • File size: 138 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 Worldwise 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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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    When Frank Cole's business went belly up, he had hoped bankruptcy would provide him with a fresh start. Instead, thanks to a bizarre court decision, Frank's future earnings above a certain level are attached to his past debts. Partly to wait out an appeal and partly to spite his creditors, Frank moves down to the small town of Exile, Florida to begin his own exile of sorts until his appeal is resolved one way or another in Murder in Exile (2006), Vincent H. O'Neil's first Frank Cole mystery.

    Still wary of his time as a company head, Frank doesn't much mind the easygoing, low responsibility lifestyle he's created in Exile working odd jobs as a fact checker and playing the odd chess game with Gray Tolliver, a local retiree. In fact, the mellow pace is a nice change from the hectic life he left behind.

    When an insurance company hires Frank to do some fact checking on a hit-and-run, he expects a routine case. But the more Frank investigates, the more obvious it becomes that there is more to this case than meets the eye.

    O'Neil's writing is refreshingly original. On top of that, he's created a really fun protagonist in Frank Cole. The narrative is breezy, light, and willing to crack a joke when necessary. The premise that brings Frank to Exile is not, it is true, the most probable. But it is most enjoyable, as is Murder in Exile itself--a quick, delightful read that delves into the world of fact checking and research just as easily as the world of murder and mystery. On top of that, this novel was also the winner of the Malice Domestic/St. Martin's Press Best First Traditional Mystery Contest.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    Frank Cole is living in Exile, Florida after being forced to declare bankruptcy when his fledgling computer company went belly-up. An inept judge looking to make an example of Frank places an attachment on all of his future earnings, so on the advice of his friend and attorney Frank works as an insurance fact-checker earning subsistence-level wages. It¿s while working on what would seem to be a routine case that he investigates the hit-and-run of a twenty year-old man who suspiciously took out an insurance claim shortly before his death. Although Frank discovers that the man was liked by everyone and had a reason for the insurance policy, another investigator¿s allegations of the his gambling habits has the insurance company canceling the claim that would benefit his pregnant widow, leaving Frank feeling used and guilty. Further prodding the otherwise unambitious investigator is an implicit threat left on his dining room table, and soon Frank is housing bodyguards and coming to the conclusion that Eddie Gonzales may have been at the wrong place at the wrong time and not the intended target of the ¿accident.¿ The winner of the 2005 Malice Domestic/St. Martin¿s Best First Traditional Mystery Contest, Murder in Exile¿s breezy 195 pages speeds quickly to a conclusion that is ultimately satisfying even if justice is not traditionally served. It¿s the character of Frank Cole who carries the novel as he determinedly and somewhat unenthusiastically investigates the murder. Frank¿s investigative mentor, the ethically challenged Bill Haskell, and his two oversized bodyguard employees as well shine, revealing O¿Neil¿s gift for humor and wit. This is an impressive debut, and if the author can return with Frank Cole and a more intriguing investigation he is sure to have a series that will gain readers and attract fans who love weary, cynical, but hopeful investigators.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    Fine debut novel - brains over brawn

    Take a walk with Frank Cole -- a background checker and all-around good guy who gets pulled into a murder investigation while handling the seemingly routine case of a hit-and-run accident victim in his new home of Exile, Florida. You won't regret it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fine whodunit

    Frank Cole files for bankruptcy as his computer business fails, but the judge shockingly decides any income Frank makes before the liens are settled will be considered part of the bankruptcy and subject to remittance to his creditors. Seeing no reason to make any money beyond sustenance survival and heeding his lawyer¿s advice not to bring in a lot of cash, Frank moves to Exile, Florida working not much more than minimum wage as a background fact checker for the insurance industry. --- Jogger Edward Gonzalez recently took out life insurance with Sun Provident Assurance just prior to a hit and run that left him dead. Harvey Webster of the firm hires Frank to investigate the death preferably to uncover a reason not pay Edward¿s beneficiary. Frank makes inquiries, but concludes that Edward was clean, but happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time someone else was the intended victim driver of the stolen SUV that killed Edward. That someone else will murder Frank if he does not end his investigation, which the former dot.com guru is willing to do though the assailant thinks otherwise. --- Frank is the reason that Vincent H. O'Neil won the 2005 Malice Domestic/St. Martin's Press best first traditional mystery contest. He is a fascinating mix as he tries to expedite himself from the murder case, but has no way of communicating his efforts to the culprit, who sees him as a threat. His investigative skills are lacking and are almost amateurish as he digs into the death of Edward. Fans will enjoy this fine whodunit starring a reluctant hero fearing another MURDER IN EXILE, his. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

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    You freaking CAT wierdos stay off the book reviews

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    Posted December 6, 2012

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    Posted November 26, 2012

    Saphire

    Name: Saphire
    Element: Unknown
    Gender: female
    Pelt color: carmel
    Eye color: Blue
    Position: Hunter
    Mate(s): None

    Other things: Is a great Swimmer and a fast runner. Has a very upbeat personality and likes to keep things intresting for everyone. Is still trying to find her element but is sure that one day she will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Aisha

    Name- Aisha
    Element- Ground
    Pelt- Reddish Brown
    Eye color- Brown/Black
    Mate&Pups- none
    Rank- Hunter

    Other: kind but shy and loves pups

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Raven

    A beautiful black wolf pads in. She looked around her gray eyes taking in everything... "My name is Raven. I would like to join..." she swished her fluffy tail back and forth. She shook her shoulders... ~•R@?€n•~

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    The Sunday New York Times Review of Murder in Exile from May 21, 2006

    The fully dimensional world of a long-running series is harder to find in a first mystery. There's nothing tentative, though, about Vincent H. O'Neil's debut novel, MURDER IN EXILE, which drops an engaging young sleuth into a sleepy little burg in the Florida Panhandle and hands him a tough case to cut his teeth on. Frank Cole landed in the coyly named town of Exile when his computer company up North went bankrupt and a nasty judge attached his future earnings. Frank is keeping his head down doing background checks for an insurance company when his investigation of a hit-and-run accident uncovers evidence of corporate corruption. Although you'd never guess it from the silly jacket art that makes his book look like an absurdist Carl Hiaasen knockoff, O'Neil is a polished storyteller with a breezy style and some interesting things to say about abandoned sons and their surrogate fathers. (Article by Marilyn Stasio)

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    Posted December 16, 2008

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