Penance

David Housewright, Author Foul Play Press $21 (295p) ISBN 978-0-88150-341-8
Murder intrudes on a Minnesota political campaign in this first outing for St. Paul PI Holland Taylor. A former cop, Taylor is suspected of murdering a drunk driver who killed his wife and child four years ago. Hunting the murderer to clear his own name, he latches onto the gubernatorial campaign of Carol Catherine ``C.C.'' Monroe, a telegenic legislator whose rise began shortly after the mysterious hit-and-run death of an opponent. Apparently on the verge of upsetting two veteran politicos, Monroe is vulnerable: she once made an intimate videotape with her boyfriend, and now blackmailers may be after her. When a likable young Monroe campaign worker learns something dangerous and pays with her life, Taylor finds himself on a truly sordid trail. Some impressive tough-guy sass emerges from the narrating Taylor, and Housewright, a former newspaper reporter, has an intriguing, darkly pessimistic take on American politics and media. But long monologues and a weakness for preaching bog the story down and, in the end, Taylor is more narcissistic than interesting. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 09/04/1995
Release date: 09/01/1995
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 304 pages - 978-0-425-15942-2
Paperback - 260 pages - 978-1-938473-11-1
Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-78408-571-1
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