terrifying tape recording convinces the world that
brilliant and beautiful Alison Emerton has been
murdered. But was she? The police can't find a
body. Or a clue. And the convicted rapist accused
of the crime has nothing to say. Finally, her
unprincipled attorney hires Twin Cities P.I.
Holland Taylor to learn the truth once and for all
-- no matter what the cost.
begins Taylor's odyssey into the life and death of
the twenty-seven-year-old woman, a violent and
puzzling journey that takes him from the mean
streets of Minneapolis to the gravel-road glamour
of a Native-American gambling casino in Northern
Wisconsin. Along the way he'll meet an astonishing
assortment of misfits and malcontents -- some who
loved Alison, many who hated her and all with their
own motives for making sure she stays dead and
his efforts, the former homicide investigator will
be threatened, stalked, arrested, beaten and shot.
And in a blazing finale, he'll discover a hard and
terrible truth: Living well isn't always the best
revenge. Sometimes dying is.
literate, and tricky as they come.
-- Kirkus Reviews
you're looking for (a) satisfying and well-written
story to read on these first cold nights, you won't
go wrong with 'Dearly Departed' by David
Housewright . . . several well-drawn,
idiosyncratic characters draw the reader into the
story. This is a skillfully plotted, surprising
novel. The dialogue is crisp and believable, and
there are some unusual twists...
-- St. Paul Pioneer Press
third entry in the Holland Taylor series is an
entertaining missing-person yarn . . . shades of
the movies Laura and Vertigo . . .
Overall, this is an enjoyable mystery with a corker
of an ending.
again (Housewright) shows a sure narrative touch
through the voice of his engaging and quirky
shamus... a singularly pleasurable series filled
with light crime tones.
-- Publishers Weekly