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Publisher's Summary

The next in the series by the author of the 1996 Edgar Award winner, Penance.
The brash and resourceful St. Paul 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 Levering Field, the unscrupulous businessman who handled her investments, he finds that more is at stake - Mrs. Gustafson's financial ruin is only one strand in a spider's web of fraud and intrigue.
With the help of his elegant attorney lady love and an eccentric computer-genius friend, Taylor starts probing undercover into Field's activities and soon finds that someone seems anxious to derail his investigation. The game quickly becomes serious when Field is found shot to death and Taylor is first suspected of the crime and then shot at himself.
Frightened at the dangerously widening net but determined to get answers, Taylor follows a trail to computer records that reveal a list of prominent people with large investments in Field's operations. Millions of dollars are at stake, as well as the reputations of the most powerful people in The Cities. As a hired killer pursues him, Taylor races to put together the last pieces of the puzzle, find the money, and catch the people who are willing to do anything to stop him.
©1998 David Housewright (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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By MA Reviewer on 06-04-16

David Housewright and Narrator Michael Kramer...

Where does Practice to Deceive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

David Housewright and Narrator Michael Kramer are a winning combo and this book ranked in the top tier of all of the Audible titles I have listened to. This is my second Housewright/Kramer book and it did not disappoint. The book was fast paced, witty, riveting and impossible to put down.

What did you like best about this story?

The book had a very likeable protagonist and an exceptionally well developed plot. This being said, it was easy to see why this author earned the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Just like the first David Housewright I listened to, I was unable to guess the ending and this fact alone scored big points with me.

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I am a huge fan of narrator Michael Kramer and I discovered this David Housewright book when I searched for titles that Michael Kramer had narrated. Michael Kramer's narration of this book was superb.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I do not want to reveal any "spoilers" so I am going to pass on this question.

Any additional comments?

Strongly recommend.

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By Nancy on 06-30-15

Great book

A fascinating mystery with many twists and turns...great character development and a plot that leaves you guessing until the end.

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