The Little Mornings (2)

If you like to walk down dark and mysterious alleys where there is no hope of escape from the destiny you create for yourself, then “The Little Mornings” is the book for you.

Darcy Lemarsh is a hapless loser. A drifter who takes any job he can get just to survive. In “The Little Mornings” he’s working as a so-so painter for a small-time contractor.

Evenings he sometimes drops in at an all-night joint called The Owl.  That’s when he meets this waitress, Angie. Now Angie may be hotter than a stolen Ferrari, but upstairs there’s something twisted, although it a while for that to sink into Darcy’s brain.

Through Angie, he meets her drunken once distinguished grandfather, Professor Jason Berry. Shortly, they learn the old-timer has retrieved one of some five novels he wrote twenty years earlier and submitted one to a New York publisher. They love it and think it’ll be a best-seller. One problem.  The contract signed by the professor requires him to go on a national promotional tour.

Hey, this guy can’t make it to the bathroom. He uses the empty wine jugs that clutter his room amid his books and papers. But he has a plan. He knows Darcy has a good memory. If they get Darcy some good clothes and a good haircut and he teaches Darcy a few pithy “author” answers to the usual questions, Darcy can take his place and no one will know or care. And at first, this appears to be working, but…

In San Francisco, Arthur Haviland shows up claiming that he’s the real author of “The Little Mornings”.  Shortly he convinces Darcy that he’s truthful, and later, Angie insists Arthur has to go. After all, three author claiming rights to the same book doesn’t sound promising.

That’s when things go from bad to very bad to tragic in this tale of deception, hallucination, greed, and fear.

“The Little Mornings, by C M Albrecht is a murder mystery with 287 absolutely absorbing pages. We have three main characters here – the grandfather, an alcoholic of questionable character, a slightly off balance woman (Angie) and an impressionable young man (Darcy) who becomes mixed up in a whirlwind of events. So be warned, readers, this book may very well take you out of commission for a few days. ” — Lillian Brummet

 I was very surprised by the outcome and loved the way the author kept my attention with the many twists he included. His writing puts one at ease, and the story is great.

“I was very surprised by the outcome and loved the way the author kept my attention with the many twists he included. His writing puts one at ease, and the story is great.” —  Michelle Stanley

“The Little Mornings” is the author’s breakout novel in the reading public’s renewed interest in noir fiction.  Without copying, Mr. Albrecht nevertheless manages to evoke the style of yesteryear in such novels as “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “The Maltese Falcon”, and works of Cornell Woolrich, Raymond Chandler and so many others.  From Cambridge Books and available as a KIndle book, ebook, large soft cover as well in many outlets. Order your copy today!


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