Holland Taylor to Return in David Housewright’s ‘First Kill the Lawyers’

While Rushmore ‘Mac’ McKenzie is recently back in bookstores, starring in New York Times bestselling author David Housewright’s most recent novel, Like to Die, which came out back in June, fans of the author’s other private investigator, Holland Taylor, won’t have to wait long to catch up with him either. 

First Kill the Lawyers, Housewright’s fifth Taylor book, is slated for publication on January 8th, and will follow Taylor as he tries to recover stolen files before they’re leaked — putting many at risk. Check out all the plot details below! 


First kill all the lawyersP.I. Holland Taylor returns in David Housewright’s Edgar Award-winning series—Taylor is hired to recover stolen files before they are leaked, putting the entire legal system at risk

Five prominent attorneys in Minneapolis have had their computer systems hacked and very sensitive case files stolen. Those attorneys are then contacted by an association of local whistleblowers known as NIMN and are quietly alerted that they have received those documents from an anonymous source. If those files are released, then not only will those lawyers be ruined, but it might even destroy the integrity of the entire Minnesota legal system. This group of lawyers turns to Private Investigator Holland Taylor with a simple directive: stop the disclosure any way you can.

But while the directive is simple, the case is not. To find the missing files and the person responsible, Holland must first dive into the five cases covered in the files—divorce, bribery, class action, rape, and murder. While Taylor is untangling the associates and connections between the cases and families affected, things take another mysterious turn and time is running out. As the situation becomes more threatening, Holland Taylor is trapped in the middle of what is legal and what is ethical—between right, wrong, and deadly.



David Housewright has won the Edgar Award for his first Holland Taylor crime novel (Penance) and is the three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for his crime fiction. In addition to the Holland Taylor series, he is also the author of several novels featuring Mac McKenzie. Housewright is also a past president of the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA). He currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Fans excited to snag this book can pre-order their copy here, or anywhere else books are sold. 



Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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