Practice to Deceive: A Holland Taylor Mystery

By David Housewright
Read by Brian Emerson

The Holland Taylor Mysteries: Book 2

8.25 Hours 10/01/1998 unabridged
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The brash and resourceful private investigator Holland Taylor takes on an unpromising embezzlement case: an elderly woman has been cheated out of her life savings. But when Taylor tracks down the unscrupulous businessman who handled her investments, he finds that Mrs. Gustafson’s financial ruin is only one strand in a spider’s web of fraud and intrigue. Millions of dollars are at stake, as well as the reputations of the most powerful people in the Twin Cities. With the help of his elegant attorney lady love and an eccentric computer-genius friend, Taylor starts probing under cover into Field’s activities. The game quickly becomes serious when Field is found shot to death and Taylor is suspected of the crime. As a hired killer pursues him, Taylor races to put the last pieces of the puzzle together, find the money, and catch the people who are willing to do anything to stop him.

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Summary

Summary

The brash and resourceful private investigator Holland Taylor takes on an unpromising embezzlement case: an elderly woman has been cheated out of her life savings. But when Taylor tracks down the unscrupulous businessman who handled her investments, he finds that Mrs. Gustafson’s financial ruin is only one strand in a spider’s web of fraud and intrigue. Millions of dollars are at stake, as well as the reputations of the most powerful people in the Twin Cities.

With the help of his elegant attorney lady love and an eccentric computer-genius friend, Taylor starts probing under cover into Field’s activities. The game quickly becomes serious when Field is found shot to death and Taylor is suspected of the crime. As a hired killer pursues him, Taylor races to put the last pieces of the puzzle together, find the money, and catch the people who are willing to do anything to stop him.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A colorful cast of characters.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Clever…believable…lively.” Philadelphia Inquirer 
“Excellent.” Nevada Barr
“Brian Emerson convincingly wends his way through the web of deceit, with Holland Taylor wisecracking and sleuthing all the way…Emerson provides the fluid narration that maintains the delicate tension of the web until all the deception comes undone.” AudioFile
“Housewright follows up his Edgar-winning debut with a greased-lightning tale of scam and counterscam that’s still bubbling merrily when the fat lady sings.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: David Housewright

David Housewright has worked as a journalist covering both crime and sports (sometimes simultaneously), an advertising copywriter and creative director, and a writing instructor. He won the Edgar Award for his first novel, Penance, and the Minnesota Book Award for Practice to Deceive. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English