- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 18, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312352077
- ISBN-13: 978-0312352073
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,487,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Murder in Exile: A Frank Cole Mystery Hardcover – April 18, 2006
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When Frank Cole's computer business goes bankrupt in O'Neil's fast-paced debut, the judge in the case unexpectedly rules that any money Frank earns before the claims are settled will be treated as part of the bankruptcy. Months later, Frank is living in Exile, Fla., where he works as a lowly fact checker for an insurance company and makes very little, on his lawyer's advice. When asked to investigate a routine case, a young man's hit-and-run death, Frank quickly scents something fishy. Digging further, Frank concludes that the "accident" was really murder, and that the victim was mistaken for the actual target, a high-profile businessman. The proverbial can of worms has split open, and Frank has to stay alive long enough to get the goods on the murderer. With his breezy, low-key narrative style, Cole makes an engaging sleuth. This entertaining novel won the 2005 Malice Domestic/St. Martin's Press best first traditional mystery contest. (Apr.)
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His good friend, an attorney, advised him to go live in Florida and earn very little. He helps get him started getting jobs doing simple investigations for insurance companies, lawyers and private investigators.
An insurance company has him investigate the claim for a young man killed in a hit and run because its unusual for a college kid to buy insurance.
I liked this book, it's well written and interesting. Likeable characters. Frank is intelligent and keeps the story going well. I question the motives of his attorney friend and the appeal to his bankruptcy, but the main investigation is good as a plot itself.
Editing needs work. Some incorrect word usage and grammar are distracting in a few places. Nevertheless I will probably read the next in the series.