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Requiem for Ashes
     

Requiem for Ashes

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by David Crossman
 

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Nothing made sense to Albert. Why would anyone want to kill Professor Glenly because of Etruscans? Why did everyone think Tewksbury had done it? And why did the cassette recorder stop working when you spilled beer on it?

Albert didn’t think like most people. He never understood how they could spout their age, or weight, or Social Security Number off the top

Overview

Nothing made sense to Albert. Why would anyone want to kill Professor Glenly because of Etruscans? Why did everyone think Tewksbury had done it? And why did the cassette recorder stop working when you spilled beer on it?

Albert didn’t think like most people. He never understood how they could spout their age, or weight, or Social Security Number off the top of their head without looking it up somewhere.

All Albert knew was music.

The orbit of his tiny, coffee-stained universe was elliptical and only rarely collided with the conventional world, generally in the vicinity of a Dunkin’ Donuts. Still, he couldn’t understand why the police failed to grasp the logic of his argument: Tewksbury had just quit smoking. You don’t quit smoking if you’re planning to kill someone – even a history professor.

Like a musical pinball, Albert is buffeted through the sinister underbelly of academe, a world ruled by lust, greed, and twisted envy, whose existence he’d never imagined, and in which he is an unwanted stranger.? If only he could put a face on the figure in the shadows. If only he could cover up the burn mark on his cheek and thigh. If only Detective Naples would stop asking him questions. If only someone would stop trying to kill him. If only someone would explain … everything.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times - Edward Gilbreth
"...shines with comic brilliance. Crossman has a gift for creating characters...who should show up in further adventures of Albert. And there should be more."
Los Angeles Times Book Review - Charles Champlin
"The novel is an exercise in the comic style, defying disbelief. To his credit, Crossman brings it off nicely. Albert is clearly a survivor, likely to be heard from again."
NYT Bestselling Author - Tess Gerritsen
"Albert is one of my all-time favorite sleuths!"
Publisher's Weekly - Staff Review
"Crossman...creates an offbeat, sympathetic sleuth who meanders innocently through this tale like a lamb through a pack of wolves. Bravo. Encore! "
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Jeremy Shea
"If you have ever aspired to be a private detective, here is some hilarious inspiration. Crossman's delightfully offbeat tale of wacky academic politics contains a host of bizarre characters and an inexplicable homicide. Albert is indeed a unique, likeable operative. I certainly look forward to an encore."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013756090
Publisher:
Alibi-Folio
Publication date:
01/11/2012
Series:
The Albert Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,014,702
File size:
629 KB

Meet the Author

David A. Crossman is a modern-day polymath who – in common with polymaths throughout time – has yet to be sufficiently beguiled by any one sphere of endeavor to apply himself to it exclusively. As a result, he’s a best-selling novelist, an award-winning lyricist and composer, a writer of short stories, screenplays, teleplays, poems, and children’s books, a television producer/director (also award-winning), a video producer, radio/television talent, award-winning graphic, computer graphic artist, advertising copywriter, videographer, publisher, music producer, musician, singer, performer and … well, you get the picture. He’s shiftless – in all things but his devotion to Barbara his wife of…well, let’s say over 35 years and leave it at that.

His newest projects are another album of contemporary adult music, the graphic novel and audio book of Bean and Ab’s first adventure, The Secret of the Missing Grave and three new books; The Riddle of Misery Light – Bean and Ab’s fourth mystery; Coda – Albert’s third mystery, and The Night of the Full Moon Catch – about eight seventy and eighty-somethings who “escape” from a nursing home on the coast of Maine for one last fling aboard The Mary, the fishing boat that gave them their living for over fifty years and is slated to be sunk as part of a breakwater. “I love these old gents. I grew up with men like them and, every day, I become more like them. (They’re not as crazy as I used to believe!)”

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