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To Account for Murder

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  11 reviews

Loss haunts Charlie Cahill. He has lost his belief in the great game of the law, a game that is fixed from the beginning. He lost his father, who drowned during Prohibition smuggling whiskey across the Detroit River. He lost his left arm below the elbow to German machine-gun fire on D-Day. And he may lose the one thing that still matters to him, the woman who rescued him f

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Permanent Press (NY)
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William C. Whitbeck’s novel, To Account for Murder, recounts far more than just a simple murder. Frankie’s father, the legendary Charles Cahill, is dying and insists on telling one last tale before the end, a Rubik’s cube of a tale where every angle is a different color and every detail needs to shift before it finds its place. The elder Cahill left his arm on the battlefield in World War II. Afterwards he tried to pick up his life and left a dead senator in a field in Michigan.

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I received this book throough LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program. William Whitbeck’s novel To Account for Murder, is a wonderful, page-turning read. The novel, based on the true 1945 gang murder of Senator Warren G. Hooper, reads as a very appealing piece of fiction. Corruption, sex, murder, and politics all combine to make a mesmerizing piece of literature. I literally could not put this book down, and had to stay up half the night in order to finish, all the way to the terrific twist, and v ...more
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Jed L
Don't read. Badly written, uninspiring plot, boring characters--perhaps shallow one dimensional characters is a better description. This was a goodreads giveaway that didn't do anything for me.

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Gayle Jackobs
I just received this book and read it all in one night! It was a page turner. I am in Michigan and could relate to the cities and sites mentioned. I highly recommend this book!
I won To Account for Murder from First Reads and am eager to read it now that it has arrived. This book looks good.
Brett E.
Fine plot, richly developed protagonist; the last chapters flew by til its gripping climax. A very good work!
Jessica Applin
I <3 this book, he is a great writer, and his opinions are page turners as well!
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