Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Death, Taxes And Extra-Hold Hairspray-Diane Kelly

Death, Taxes And Extra-Hold Hairspray

Diane Kelly

St. Martin's, June 26 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780312551285

Dallas IRS Criminals Investigations Office chief Lu Lobozinski is on sick leave undergoing chemotherapy. Special Agent Eddie Bardin has been temporarily promoted to replace Lu while she undergoes cancer treatment. Eddie’s partner Tara Holloway is working solo on two complicated cases as no other agent is available; that is except Nick Pratt who is the only she has not asked to assist her.

Nick agrees to join her as long as she does not play her Anne Oakley or “Sperminator “ acts. Tara and Nick visit militant secessionist August Buchmeyer who refuses to acknowledge the IRS as he claims the Lone Star nation is an independent country. Their other inquiry focuses on Pastor Noah Fischer who claims his Ark Temple of Worship mega-church as a tax shelter.

The latest Tara Holloway IRS criminal investigation (see Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte) is an engaging thriller filled with humor and serious issues especially the religious con man pulling the wool over the eyes of his flock. The Lone Star Nation subplot would be amusing except for the Governor making similar statements last year showing there is red meat support for secession. Fans will enjoy Tara’s taxing cases as she finds Nock the most troubling of all.

Harriet Klausner

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