Shadow of a Distant Morning
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Kansas City, 1934. Devlin Caine, a WWI veteran and former Pinkerton’s operative, is hired by a wealthy industrialist to check out a potential business partner. The job is simple and the money good, but for Caine, it’s a short step from checking public records to being roughed up in a back alley. Clearly there are things the client neglected to mention, such as Caine’s pred...more
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Published (first published 2010)
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Molly Ringle
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...more
Melanie Adkins
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 sto...more
Wendy Hines
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...more
Michele Tater
Book Title: Shadow of a Distant Morning
Author: William Topek
Kindle Edition
ASIN: B004CFB7NS
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.~John Buchan

Set 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...more
Ellen Ekstrom
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 s...more
Brenda
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...more
Suzi
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. Just when you think there is no possi...more
Jonathan Seckler
I really enjoyed this novel; it reminded a lot of Raymond Chandler's Marlowe.
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