Genre: Hard-Boiled Mystery
“Zack Taylor's life is once again in shambles. Having narrowly escaped
death, guilty over the pain he's caused a loved one, he's hurting and angry.
When looking into the disappearance of a reporter, Zack's death wish may be his
cure for his troubles as he uncovers a world of corruption and evil in a world
of politics, passion, and power.”
Dale Phillips has written several books in the Zack Taylor Mystery
series, a supernatural thriller, non-fiction, and a ton of short stories and poetry.
In the words of Weird Al, he also lost on Jeopardy (in spectacular fashion
according to his bio on Amazon).
For more, visit Phillips’ website.
This was a good read. A mystery that kept me guessing what the answer
to what was at the bottom of the rabbit hole that protagonist Zack Taylor
started down when he went looking for a reporter who had gone missing. Possibly
needless to say, there was a lot to find, much more than Zack or I would have
While the mystery was good and kept me on the edge of the seat, the
character of Zack is what set this book apart from a typical mystery, even of
the hard-boiled type. That’s because Zack has a questionable past. He’s done
some things he shouldn’t have and now regrets. He’s trying to do good, at least
in part to make up for those things in his past. Sometimes this gives him
insight into the wrongdoers that someone else might not get. It also means that
Zack doesn’t always feel as restrained by social and legal norms as most people
would. This just adds to the tension and the not being sure what to expect
element of the story. I guess you could even say that Zack can be a bit of a
Some adult language.
No significant issues.
word count: 45-50,000 words