Origin and Cause

By Shelly Reuben
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11.32 Hours 09/01/2002 unabridged
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Television mogul Stanfield Standish wrote the book and broke the rules in the news and entertainment industry. When his charred body is found inside the burnt-out remains of his classic 1930 Duesenberg sedan, his family files a multimillion-dollar lawsuit. They blame the fatal incident on Courtland Motor Company, the firm that restored the antique. That’s when Courtland’s attorney, Max Bramble—suspicious, sharp, and inquisitive—takes over. His first move: hire private detective and ace arson investigator Wylie Nolan. As Nolan brilliantly dissects the fascinating anatomy of a fire, Bramble digs deep into the Standish empire and discovers that the media tycoon scalded many on his way up the ladder. It’s just possible that one of them paid him back with hot-blooded murder.

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Summary

Summary

Television mogul Stanfield Standish wrote the book and broke the rules in the news and entertainment industry. When his charred body is found inside the burnt-out remains of his classic 1930 Duesenberg sedan, his family files a multimillion-dollar lawsuit. They blame the fatal incident on Courtland Motor Company, the firm that restored the antique. That’s when Courtland’s attorney, Max Bramble—suspicious, sharp, and inquisitive—takes over. His first move: hire private detective and ace arson investigator Wylie Nolan.

As Nolan brilliantly dissects the fascinating anatomy of a fire, Bramble digs deep into the Standish empire and discovers that the media tycoon scalded many on his way up the ladder. It’s just possible that one of them paid him back with hot-blooded murder.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Reuben, a licensed arson investigator with infectious enthusiasm for her profession, draws on solid technical expertise to take the reader through arcane forensic details like burn patterns and the relative volatility of flammable liquids.” New York Times Book Review
“A fascinating look into the intricacies of arson and murder…This book gives readers the excitement of the case as Max and Wylie investigate, the bonus of learning both about arson and product liability, the intrigue of courtroom drama, a fascinating plot, plus a large and varied cast of wonderfully drawn characters.” Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama)
“Successful on every front…giving us two unforgettable sleuths…Reuben also brings specialized lore of antique cars and arson to the rapt attention of her readers.” Publishers Weekly 

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Reviews

by maggie_tommo 9/13/2017
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A wonderful novel

When attorney Max Bramble hires retired New York City fire marshal Wylie Nolan to figure out the origin and cause (title…get it?) of a fire in a 1930 Duesenberg, an A-Team is born. Stanfield Standish is found dead in the classic car, and his family wants to sue Max’s client for product liability. Max believes that the car fire was accidental until Wylie proves that the obnoxious TV mogul was murdered. Attorney Max Bramble brings intelligent innocence to the case, while Wylie Nolan, with his cynicism, professionalism, and irreverent humor, teaches us how to investigate a fire. A millionaire car collector, his mistress, an honorable journalist, a local cop, an heiress, and other intriguing characters will leave you dazzled. This is a fantastic book.

Author

Author Bio: Shelly Reuben

Shelly Reuben has written numerous novels. Her first, Julian Solo, was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award and by the Libertarian Futurist Society for a Prometheus Award. Her novel Origin & Cause was nominated for a Falcon Award by the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan. She also writes two newspaper columns and regularly contributes short stories to the Forensic Examiner. She lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 11.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English