Shadow of a Distant Morning

Shadow of a Distant Morning It S 1934 WW1 Vet And Former Pinkerton S Operative Devlin Caine Is Hired By A Wealthy Industrialist To Check Out A Potential Business Partner When The Man Caine Is Investigating Turns Up Murdered Caine Finds Himself In The Middle Of A Power Struggle Between His Client, A Competing Industrialist, And A Local Underworld Boss, All After A Coded Notebook Caine Found In The Dead Man S Hotel Room. I should start by saying I m generally not a fan of film noir or its book equivalents tough guys you can t relate to, spouting lame, dated cliches and getting into trouble for no good reason, right Well, in some films and books, maybe But William Topek overturned all that for me, to my very pleasant surprise Private detective Devlin Caine charmed me early on with his humor aimed both at himself and at others , which, yes, is largely of the sarcastic tough guy sort, but in a truly witty and original way And Topek s historical detail, rather than getting in the way and reading like a research report, absolutely sparkles and brings the story to life I could taste the diner bacon and eggs, smell the cigarettes, and feel the upholstery of those shiny 1930s cars Plus, dang, this is one smartly plotted story The clues are cunningly placed exactly where they should be, and perhaps a serious aficionado of mysteries would have worked it all out before the big reveal, but I defi
Devlin Caine is a man of many talents He s a veteran and a former employee of the Pinkerton Agency Now, he s a private detective Caine s newest job could land him in hot water with the wrong people if he isn t careful He s supposed to check out a man who wants to be business partners with one of Kansas City s elite Seems simple enough, but appearances can be deceiving While doing his investigative work, he stumbles on a notebook It seems to be in code and everyone wants it They will stop at nothing to get it His client, another of KC s wealthy crowd and an underworld boss all want the notebook The question is, what is exactly in this notebook and why are people dying for it This old fashioned detective novel is a throw back to the days of black and white movies Romance, intrigue, murder but all PG rated This boo
The only things missing are Humphrey Bogart and a Falcon as far as I m concerned.This wonderful debut novel has it all wit, action, suspense, romance and some of the best noir dialogue I ve ever read I immediately thought, Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane blended to make a great story I don t usually read this genre, but once I got started, I couldn t stop Mr Topek s characters are three dimensional and believable, the pacing is excellent Devlin Caine has got to be one of the most sympathetic and charming heroes I ve been introduced to in a while Depression era K
Devlin Caine is a private investigator who is approached by one of Ronald Graham s employees to do some investigative work for him Graham wouldn t get his hands dirty hiring an investigator on his own, but he requires Caine s services Graham is a wealthy industrialist who is thinking about entering into a venture with a partner, Craig Carlton, and he wants him checked out Caine queries about Graham s own employee who does that sort of thing, but is assured the man is indisposed What he doesn t tell Caine is that the man was currently floating in the river When Caine finds out this information, he decides he wants no to do with the investigation and wants out So he decides to wrap up his investigation of Carlton so he can be done with the whole thing Unfortunately, the information Caine acquires isn t good news Carlton is affiliated with the mob and also has one of his own guys on the inside of Graham s organization But Carlton soon winds up dead and Caine is left holding the little black book with it s own cry
Book Title Shadow of a Distant MorningAuthor William TopekKindle EditionASIN B004CFB7NSReviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater ReviewEvery man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective John BuchanSet in 1934, during the midst of a Ten Year Plan of Economic Depression, this book takes the reader on a journey back in time A time where detective work was done with a dial telephone and people you know that were in the know Devlin Caine is this type of detective He has survived so far by doing the best job he can for his clients All is pretty normal until Mr Caine is visited by Thomas Lundquist, a secretary for Ronald Graham who is the wealthiest industrialist in the city Devin is offered a job to look in the business dealings of a possible business partner that Mr Graham is considering He takes the job not knowing that the regular investig
Okay, I m back on my second read of this novel, having only finished the first read last week I am completely caught up in this story William Topek is such a captivating storyteller When the author found out, on Face Book, I was moving to Kansas City, he wrote suggesting I might enjoy his book Shadow of a Distant Morning, as I would learn much about Kansas City s history I had not heard of Mr Topek and had no idea he was such a remarkable writer I have been living in Kansas City for over a month and his story has taken me back to a life lived here during the 1930 s which is mesmerizing The research is very evident as he includes city landmarks and some very interesting history of the time when the city was ruled by the Irish and Italian mobs For example, a shootout at Union Station where three cops and their prisoner were gunned down during a mob hit The gun shot mark is still visible at Union Station Another landmark, the Nelson Art Gallery, which is only a three block walk away from home for me, is where Devlin Caine, the main character, a Private Investigator, takes young and beautiful Melinda Graham having been hired by her father, Ronald Graham, an affluent industrialist who wants her protected Plus, the description of mansions on Ward Parkway which are still there, the cars of that era, the Kansas City fountains, a
I have never read a book like this before but the storyline of Shadow of a Distant Morning piqued my interest and Topek certainly did not disappoint Shadow of a Distant Morning is a very well written novel It is incredibly detailed and obviously thoroughly researched Topek transports you back in time through the seamless use of authentic details, descriptions and dialogue The plot is full of twists and turns and will keep you guessing until the very end
I really enjoyed this novel it reminded a lot of Raymond Chandler s Marlowe. Best Private Detective novel I ve read in ages Complex characters Great plot full of twists yet doesn t lose the reader with unnecessary subplots Devlin Cane is my new favorite P.I A True original i cant wait to read the next book from this Author. 4.5 5 A wonderfully written debut novel set in my hometown of Kansas City I loved the time I spent immersed in this novel We follow Detective Devlin Caine as he is hired by a wealthy businessman to investigate a potential new partner Simple enough, right Yet suddenly, he is finding himself tangled among the wishes and actions of other elite profiles on the Kansas City business scene Secrets emerge and the information he begins to obtain is worth killing for He must always stay one step ahead of the many characters he is being used by in order to survive.What I loved about this book is the great care taken in developing the setting The author applied such fantastic historical accuracy to truly transport you into 1930 s Kansas City Being a Kansas Citian especially made this a unique read because I literally could visualize so many of the scenes that played out I appreciated how the historical insights not only to added richness to the story but taught me so much about Kansas City than I ever knew I hope that as the series continues we will be able to see other cities in t

[[ KINDLE ]] ❅ Shadow of a Distant Morning  Author William Topek –
  • ebook
  • 284 pages
  • Shadow of a Distant Morning
  • William Topek
  • English
  • 06 August 2019
  • 9781926760483