Death, Taxes and a French Manicure-Diane Kelly

Death, Taxes and a French Manicure

Diane Kelly

St. Martin’s, Nov 1 2011, $7.99

ISBN: 9780312551261


IRS Agent Tara Holloway works white collar tax frauds.  Her small town kick butt Texas attitude works great when dealing with violent Dallas offenders.  Working a case with agent Eddie Bardin, she is forced to fire her gun at menacing felon Battaglia, shooting a box cutter knife from his hand.  Thus in spite of her cut arm, she earns the rep of Annie Oakley.


Tara’s boss Lu “Lobo” Lobozinksi assigns her first solo task to investigate a granny complaint that ice-cream truck salesman Joseph “Joe Cool” Cullen failed to report his profits from selling illegal drugs to teenagers.  Her other major inquiry is much more complex than a drug dealer.  She scrutinizes the dealings of financier Michael Gryder and banker Stan Shelton, who appear to be running a Ponzi scheme.  The problem is her best friend Brett Ellington is Shelton’s landscaper.


The first exciting Tara Holloway IRS investigative tale is an entertaining story that stars a tomboyish mascara wearing noir heroine who appreciates a French manicure.  The story line is lighthearted fun as Tara works the Dallas beat along with other agents.  Although some readers may dislike the wisecracking asides especially when facing danger; the story line is filled with humor and satire as the IRS does not care whether the gains are legal only that Sam collects its share.


Harriet Klausner

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