Practice to Deceive

Practice to Deceive

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Release Date: Now Available
ISBN: 978-1-938-473-12-8
“Housewright follows up his Edgar-winning debut with a greased lightning tale of scam and counterscam.” – Kirkus Reviews

Book Description

Now Back in Print!

From Edgar Award Winning and N.Y. Times Best Selling Author

A real estate scam tips Holland Taylor off to a widespread, deadly conspiracy
When a drunk driver kills her entire family, Florida retiree Irene Gustafson
is left rich and alone. Between savings and life insurance, the death of her
son and his family leaves her with nearly $300,000—a veritable fortune
in a community where most live off social security. Following the advice
of Ann Landers, Mrs. Gustafson hands the money over to an investment
manager. The returns are steady until he starts investing in Willow Tree,
a low-income housing development on the fringes of the Twin Cities.
The money vanishes, and Mrs. Gustafson is destitute.
That’s where Holland Taylor, St. Paul private detective, comes in.
His recently retired parents are Mrs. Gustafson’s neighbors, and they
want Taylor to recover the old lady’s money. It seems impossible, but as
he investigates Willow Tree he finds a twisted real-estate conspiracy with
deep roots in city politics—and a vicious killer hired to protect the secret.

About the Author

A former reporter and ad-man, David Housewright has, in the last fifteen years,
become one of America’s most successful mystery authors. As he gradually
began writing fiction full-time, Housewright produced two more Taylor novels
Penance and Dearly Departed before publishing A Hard Ticket Home (2004),
which introduced Rushmore McKenzie, an unlicensed Twin Cities private eye.
In 2012 Housewright published the ninth McKenzie novel, Curse
of the Jade Lilly, which won the 2012 Minnesota Book Award for Best Genre
Fiction. His latest Rushmore McKenzie novel The Last Kind Word was released
in June 2013. He continues to live and work in Minnesota.