Waights Taylor, Jr

Biography

Waights 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.

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Touch of Redemption
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,510. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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.
Kiss of Salvation: A Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker Detective Novel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 116,790. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Birmingham, Alabama, cloaks many mysteries under its segregated shroud: glittering social soirées, secret sexual parties, a Machiavellian civic leader, multiple murders of black prostitutes. Police chief, Big Bob Watson, reluctantly assigns Homicide Detective Joe McGrath to the case. The black community stonewalls the investigation. Joe teams up with Sam Rucker, the city's only black private eye.
Our Southern Home: Scottsboro to Montgomery to Birmingham - The Transformation of the South in the Twentieth Century
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 170,970. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
Our Southern Home, a history of 20th-century Alabama, is told through the lives of 18-year-old Clarence Norris, black, one of the Scottsboro Boys; Waights Taylor Sr., white, a student at the University of Alabama; Rosa McCauley Parks, black, a resident of Pine Level, Alabama. The three are involved in the Scottsboro events in different ways with profound implications to the region and their lives.

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