Murder in Exile

Murder in Exile

by Vincent H. O'Neil, Henry V. O'Neil

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The first book in the Frank Cole Mystery series really pulls you in.

Winner of the 2005 Malice Domestic Award, Murder in Exile features the character Frank Cole, a recently bankrupted software designer trying to start his life over. Working as a fact checker for local insurance companies, Frank finds that even a simple hit-and-run investigation might not be what it seems.

Book Two in the Frank Cole Mysteries is called REDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES, Book Three is EXILE TRUST, and Book Four is CONTEST OF WILLS.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012390691
Publisher: FNG Press
Publication date: 04/17/2011
Series: Frank Cole Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 1,841
File size: 158 KB

About the Author

Vincent H. O’Neil brings a wealth of life experience to his writing. He has served as a US Army officer, provided consulting services to a software development firm, managed risk in a major corporation, created marketing campaigns, and worked as an apprentice librarian.

A native of Massachusetts, he holds a Bachelor's degree from West Point and a Master's degree in International Affairs from The Fletcher School. After writing in his spare time for many years, he won the St. Martin’s Press "Malice Domestic" Writing Competition in 2005.

His award-winning debut novel, Murder in Exile, was the first book in a mystery series featuring the background-checker Frank Cole. It was followed by Reduced Circumstances (2007) Exile Trust (2008)and Contest of Wills, which was released in 2010.

He has also written the theater-themed mystery Death Troupe and two horror novels in his Interlands series, entitled Interlands and Denizens.

Writing under the name Henry V. O'Neil, he has also released several military science fiction novels with Harper Voyager. His Sim War series currently consists of Glory Main, Orphan Brigade, Dire Steps, and CHOP Line.

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Murder in Exile 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to tell you what the book was about, you can read that in the description. I will say that I highly enjoyed reading this. It was a fast paced murder mystery. When I thought I had it figured out, I had to figure it out again. I will be reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun quick read about small town life in the south. Plot keeps you guessing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this one to be filled with insignificant facts that seemed to just add words. It appeared to me that this author just rambled along to fill pages.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Sometimes a well written mystery can include a guide to succeeding in business. Crafty and fun.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Thank you for this entertaining, well-written, well-researched book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable - nothing grisly, gory. Plot was evenly paced not a lot of fillers. Will follow up on this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good short read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plus, great insights to how our current times are really affecting people.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you need a "Time Out" from the real world, slow down and spend an afternoon escaping into the world of Frank Cole (almost a PI) in "Exile" Florida. aj west
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
When Frank Cole's business went belly up, he had hoped bankruptcy would provide him with a fresh start. Instead, thanks to a bizarre court decision, Frank's future earnings above a certain level are attached to his past debts. Partly to wait out an appeal and partly to spite his creditors, Frank moves down to the small town of Exile, Florida to begin his own exile of sorts until his appeal is resolved one way or another in Murder in Exile (2006), Vincent H. O'Neil's first Frank Cole mystery. Still wary of his time as a company head, Frank doesn't much mind the easygoing, low responsibility lifestyle he's created in Exile working odd jobs as a fact checker and playing the odd chess game with Gray Tolliver, a local retiree. In fact, the mellow pace is a nice change from the hectic life he left behind. When an insurance company hires Frank to do some fact checking on a hit-and-run, he expects a routine case. But the more Frank investigates, the more obvious it becomes that there is more to this case than meets the eye. O'Neil's writing is refreshingly original. On top of that, he's created a really fun protagonist in Frank Cole. The narrative is breezy, light, and willing to crack a joke when necessary. The premise that brings Frank to Exile is not, it is true, the most probable. But it is most enjoyable, as is Murder in Exile itself--a quick, delightful read that delves into the world of fact checking and research just as easily as the world of murder and mystery. On top of that, this novel was also the winner of the Malice Domestic/St. Martin's Press Best First Traditional Mystery Contest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frank Cole is living in Exile, Florida after being forced to declare bankruptcy when his fledgling computer company went belly-up. An inept judge looking to make an example of Frank places an attachment on all of his future earnings, so on the advice of his friend and attorney Frank works as an insurance fact-checker earning subsistence-level wages. It¿s while working on what would seem to be a routine case that he investigates the hit-and-run of a twenty year-old man who suspiciously took out an insurance claim shortly before his death. Although Frank discovers that the man was liked by everyone and had a reason for the insurance policy, another investigator¿s allegations of the his gambling habits has the insurance company canceling the claim that would benefit his pregnant widow, leaving Frank feeling used and guilty. Further prodding the otherwise unambitious investigator is an implicit threat left on his dining room table, and soon Frank is housing bodyguards and coming to the conclusion that Eddie Gonzales may have been at the wrong place at the wrong time and not the intended target of the ¿accident.¿ The winner of the 2005 Malice Domestic/St. Martin¿s Best First Traditional Mystery Contest, Murder in Exile¿s breezy 195 pages speeds quickly to a conclusion that is ultimately satisfying even if justice is not traditionally served. It¿s the character of Frank Cole who carries the novel as he determinedly and somewhat unenthusiastically investigates the murder. Frank¿s investigative mentor, the ethically challenged Bill Haskell, and his two oversized bodyguard employees as well shine, revealing O¿Neil¿s gift for humor and wit. This is an impressive debut, and if the author can return with Frank Cole and a more intriguing investigation he is sure to have a series that will gain readers and attract fans who love weary, cynical, but hopeful investigators.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Starts out a little slow.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read, good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfolds well
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Frank Cole files for bankruptcy as his computer business fails, but the judge shockingly decides any income Frank makes before the liens are settled will be considered part of the bankruptcy and subject to remittance to his creditors. Seeing no reason to make any money beyond sustenance survival and heeding his lawyer¿s advice not to bring in a lot of cash, Frank moves to Exile, Florida working not much more than minimum wage as a background fact checker for the insurance industry. --- Jogger Edward Gonzalez recently took out life insurance with Sun Provident Assurance just prior to a hit and run that left him dead. Harvey Webster of the firm hires Frank to investigate the death preferably to uncover a reason not pay Edward¿s beneficiary. Frank makes inquiries, but concludes that Edward was clean, but happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time someone else was the intended victim driver of the stolen SUV that killed Edward. That someone else will murder Frank if he does not end his investigation, which the former guru is willing to do though the assailant thinks otherwise. --- Frank is the reason that Vincent H. O'Neil won the 2005 Malice Domestic/St. Martin's Press best first traditional mystery contest. He is a fascinating mix as he tries to expedite himself from the murder case, but has no way of communicating his efforts to the culprit, who sees him as a threat. His investigative skills are lacking and are almost amateurish as he digs into the death of Edward. Fans will enjoy this fine whodunit starring a reluctant hero fearing another MURDER IN EXILE, his. --- Harriet Klausner