While his foster mother Lena is gone, I love that book three in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series re-introduces us to his beloved "Papa" and his birth mother. Donnie is still happily living and running a law practice in the Texas Panhandle
Development is the driving force of this book's plot. The land across from the retirement center where his "Papa" and birth mother live formerly housed a lab where experiments were carried on out monkeys. With the lab closed because of public opinion, land developers were eager to create more condos and retail space. Residents wanted an open park where people could stroll and relax. "Papa" was leading the fight.
Danny is also lured back to Austin when he finds out his former friend - All-American football player Wesley Bird - has sweet talked Papa and his mother into investing most of their savings in a land development scheme without having him check the contract. It looks like the development has fallen through and the money's gone. Unfortunately Papa has also encourage many in his retirement community to do the same.
As Donnie moves through a twisted maze of hidden motives and backroom deals, he reconnects with a former lover - Anna Nordstrom - and explores the old Austin of his young along with the new Austin that is emerging. Highs, lows and a bit of humor blend together in this tale of intrigue. Will Donnie find a way to get everyone's money back? You'll have to read to find out.
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BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.
Boyd's first novel "Hero" was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, "The Antelope Play," dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, "The Monkey House", involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel "Necessities" predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.