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A Memory of Grief Paperback – June 10, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Zack Taylor Mystery Series

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Dale Phillips writes a clean, efficient prose and spins a yarn that's as gritty
as any I've read in recent years. There's humor, violence, ghosts, and
sex--all the good stuff that has driven stories forever. "
---David Daniel is author of the prize-winning Alex Rasmussen series and,
more recently, Coffin Dust.

From the Author

Maine is a wonderful place, a land of mystery, magic, and madness. Driving there from elsewhere in the country requires that you first pass through New Hampshire--some sort of test. Maine is the extreme, almost-forgotten corner of the country, jammed up against Canada. Parts of it are years behind the rest of the country, and going there can be like going back in time, like a Twilight Zone episode about a place that doesn't change.
What happens in a place like that is great fodder for art, especially for writing. It is no accident that Stephen King was raised there, and has based so many disturbing tales in that land. And yet while I have placed the adventures of Zack Taylor in Maine, it is not the Maine of Real Life. No real persons are represented in these pages, and towns exist only as a scenic backdrop to the tale, not as the places they actually are.
While Zack's travails can be read as a ripping action yarn, there are also greater themes represented. A Memory of Grief is from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the most ancient recorded stories of our species. Gilgamesh was a king whose actions caused such a ruckus that the gods sent down a companion, Enkidu. After adventures, Enkidu dies, and the sorrow of Gilgamesh sends him off the rails. Zack is a flawed character, who finds that a life of grief and anger cause one to commit great harm, even while trying to do good. Doing the right thing may not be easy, but it must be done, despite the cost.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Briona Glen Publishing, LLC (June 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618070002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618070005
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,858,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The fourth book of my Zack Taylor mystery series is now out, joining the first three, "A Memory of Grief," "A Fall From Grace," and "A Shadow on the Wall."

Stephen King was my college writing teacher, and I've got a number of short story collections published. I've also published a supernatural thriller, over 50 short stories, poetry, and a non-fiction career book, How to Improve Your Interviewing Skills.

I've appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, Throg. I competed on two nationally televised quiz shows, Jeopardy and Think Twice, losing on both in a spectacular fashion. I co-wrote and acted in The Nine, a short political satire film. I've traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe. Visit me at www.daletphillips.com

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Format: Paperback
In Memory of Grief, Zack Taylor, doesn't believe his friend committed suicide and sets out to find the killer. Zack wisecracks his way through deadly situations, woos the beautiful Allison, and finds the truth, one stinking fact at a time.

Next time you're in Portland, Maine, linger over a cup of coffee in the corner diner and keep a look out for Zack. You never know when he'll show up next.
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Zachary Taylor (yes, just like the president) is an ex-con living in Miami. The novel A MEMORY OF GRIEF opens with Zack sitting in a bar after a fight, not feeling so hot, even though he won. Zack has demons. He's an angry man. He's haunted by his brother's death, which he feels is his fault. He's spent his life drifting aimlessly.

Now he's sitting in a bar, feeling like hell. Then something happens. Something has to happen, right? :) A kid gives him a letter from his best friend Ben's ex-wife, which says that Ben, his best friend in the world, has committed suicide. Shot himself in the head.

Zack ain't buying this for a New York minute. Even though he's in Miami. And he has to go to Maine to prove otherwise. And visit the Carolinas on the way.

The letter moves Zack into action. He takes what's known as "the hero's journey."

Zack is convinced someone killed his friend and his mission is to find out who did it and avenge his friend's death. To do this, he must go up to Maine, where his friend lived.

The trip to Carolina is to see the friend's ex-wife and see just WTF is up with her, anyway. Turns out, she's living in an abusive relationship with a redneck so-and-so, or words to that effect. He ends up being sympathetic to her plight and swears that when he figures out what really happened to Ben, he's going to come back and help her out.

So, now he has TWO missions! In two different parts of the eastern seaboard. Is this guy a saint or what?

Well, he is a drifter, so ... Carolina to Maine and back. No biggie, right? :)

When Zack gets to Maine, he gets right to work. Thing is, everywhere he goes, people basically tell him to go pound sand. Or words to that effect.

This gets a bit frustrating for Zack.
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A Memory of Grief features Zack Taylor, a man who has drifted through life in a haze of self recrimination and grief until his best friend, Ben, dies and Zack refuses to accept it was a suicide. Determined to find the truth, Zack travels to Maine and begins his own investigation into the circumstances of Ben's death stepping clumsily on the toes of the local police force, a martial arts expert, a gang of bikies and a drug dealing operation.

A hardboiled mystery with a noir-ish edge, there is plenty of action but Phillips also explores deeper themes like guilt and redemption and there is a touch of romance and even humour amongst the gritty realism of violence. The story gets off to a bit of a slow start, as Phillips establishes his characters and circumstances, but soon picks up the pace building suspense as Zack hunts for the truth.
Zack is an interesting protagonist, his life has mostly been a morass of alcohol, violence and questionable associations. It is Ben's tragic death that finally provides him with purpose and Zack attacks his investigation with the aggressiveness that has long been part of his life. Despite Zack's rough edges he is a likeable guy who sincerely wants to do the right thing by his friend. I liked his persistence even though his choices were largely unwise and avidly cheered him on as he meted out punishment to the guilty.

Memory of Grief is an exciting and strong series debut by Dale Phillips whose writing experience shows in his well crafted prose. I enjoyed being introduced to Zack and look forward to A Fall Of Grace due out in the next few weeks.
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Zack Taylor is tough and uncompromising and nothing is going to stop him getting to the truth about his friend's death. I'm not going to give away any more of the plot except to say that I thought this plot was very well executed and I kept turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. The construction of the novel is complicated but everything stacks up and author Dale Phillips has done a good job in writing a convincing tale with some unusual twists. I thought a great strength of the novel was its dialogue: it's sharp and real and provides much of the forward drive of the story. There are some scenes of violence in the book but it is not gratuitous.
I found there was something odd with the lay-out of the dialogue in places which is indented for no apparent reason. This doesn't spoil the story in any way but it takes a bit of getting used to. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Memory of Grief and I liked Zack Taylor sufficiently to want to read the sequel.
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Zack Taylor, the main character in this novel, is a good guy that is carrying some baggage and he's a bit rough around the edges. I couldn't help but like him. He wants to prove that his best friend didn't commit suicide--that he was murdered--and he goes about solving the crime and finding justice. He doesn't tend to go by the rules, either. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is well-written and engaging. And I am happy to know that this is the beginning of a series of books with Zack Taylor as the main character. Kudos to the author, Dale Phillips, and to Briona Glen Publishing.
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