- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: McCaa Books (March 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996069569
- ISBN-13: 978-0996069564
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,234,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Touch of Redemption: A Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker Detective Novel Paperback – March 13, 2016
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"Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker, the crime-fighting, prejudice-battling duo from Alabama, are back in Waights Taylor Jr.s Touch of Redemption. It's an entertaining detective novel set in the Jim Crow south of the 1940s written in the style of James M. Cain."--Stett Holbrook, editor of the North Bay Bohemian
About the Author
Waights Taylor Jr., born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, lives in Santa Rosa, California. His professional career included twenty-four years in the aviation industry and then twenty-two years in management consulting. When his professional career was coming to an end, he turned to writing. He is an author, a poet, and a playwright. His first book, Alfons Mucha’s Slav Epic: An Artist’s History of the Slavic People, was published in 2008. His award-winning book, Our Southern Home: Scottsboro to Montgomery to Birmingham—The Transformation of the South in the Twentieth century, was published in October 2011. Next came the award-winning novel, Kiss of Salvation: A Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker Detective Novel, published in 2014. His newest novel, Touch of Redemption, is the second in the Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker series. Taylor has also written a number of short stories and plays. His first chapbook of poetry, titled Literary Ramblings, was published in early 2011.
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To heighten the urgency of his time-frame and give his novel solid architecture, Taylor prefaces each chapter with a provocative title and a specific time and place ("The Tained Transcript, Tuesday, January 27, 1948"). Likewise, Taylor's maximum dialogue and minimal prose move the action and reader along with almost machine-gun like staccato ("Protocol, is that what you call it? It's racism! That's what it is!").
But beneath the discovered corruption, the frightening confrontations and the many murders and mayhem of the period, there is a contemporary resonance that can deeply disturb: Is this really Alabama in 1948 or Chicago in 2016? Is this black-white struggle really 68 years ago or just 68 days ago? Are these de-humanizing separatist laws not still redolent of the South's problems today (who can vote, who can marry, and who can use which public toilet)? These are yet more reasons to read Taylor's engrossing saga.
Joe’s father, a local attorney, was murdered. It’s a cold case, 24 years old, but not to Joe. He smells a rat and is hot on the trail when he’s warned away by a brick through his mother’s window and later the gruesome murder of an associate in his new detective agency. The storyline begins slowly, but gains momentum by the middle of the book. The hook is in and we eagerly read on.
Along the way, Taylor treats us to an authentic look at Southern culture, using personal detailed knowledge of the environs and effective use of dialect. Even the sentence structure and choice of words takes us back to the 1940s. It’s a period piece that immerses us in a time of segregation long past and hopefully behind us.
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