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About the AuthorWaights Taylor Jr., born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, lives in Santa Rosa, California. His professional career included twenty-four years in the aviation industry and then twenty-two years in management consulting. When his professional career was coming to an end, he turned to writing. He is an author, a poet, and a playwright. His first book, Alfons Mucha's Slav Epic: An Artist's History of the Slavic People, was published in 2008. His award-winning book, Our Southern Home: Scottsboro to Montgomery to Birmingham-The Transformation of the South in the Twentieth century, was published in October 2011. Next came the award-winning novel, Kiss of Salvation: A Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker Detective Novel, published in 2014. His newest novel, Touch of Redemption, is the second in the Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker series. Taylor has also written a number of short stories and plays. His first chapbook of poetry, titled Literary Ramblings, was published in early 2011.
Author 1Waights Taylor Jr
Book DescriptionThe body was bruised in several places. Dry blood and saliva were evident over parts of his face and near the mouth. Joe knelt down and read the piece of paper: mcgrath this here you last warnin. you and that black basterd rucker git outta town or you gonna be next. In Touch of Redemption, the second book in the Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker Detective Novels, the two men embark on a difficult journey-an attempt to find the murderers of Joe's father twenty-five years ago. It is 1948 in segregated Alabama, and Joe, a white man, and Sam, a black man, face numerous obstacles, the least of which is the racism and bigotry of the time, while struggling with the challenges of solving a murder case a quarter century old. The men face corrupt judges and law enforcement officials, and a secret fraternity of men determined to maintain the Southern way of life and 'the operation, ' their illegal liquor business. All this occurs against a backdrop of a seemingly bucolic small Southern town, Montevallo, home to a college for women.
Editorial Review"To rightfully observe that Touch of Redemption, the second novel in Waights Taylor's Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker Detective series, is a page-turner--from first to last--fails to fully describe its considerable merits...As if straight out of an episode of HBO's rural-gothic True Detective series, Joe and Sam encounter an intricate maze of small town graft, lakeside racist rituals, shape-shifting politicians and businessmen, and the occasional eccentric hero." KEVIN KONICEK. Attorney and former Hollywood story editor "Touch of Redemption teaches us that black lives mattered long before the present day...that sensitivity to race and racism was present in the harshest of times and circumstances. With an acute eye for detail, an ear for dialog in the streets, and a true sense of the Deep South, Waights Taylor Jr. touches us with a mystery that defines the human condition." JOHN KOETZNER. Poet and author and Library Director, Mendocino College
PublisherMcCaa Books