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Marta's Place
by C. M. Albrecht
Release Date: 06/01/11
Genre: Crime Fiction
Pages: 300
Publisher: Write Words Inc.
Format ISBN Price
E-Book 1-59431-903-0 or 978-1-59431-903-7 6.50
Author Page: C. M. Albrecht
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Hal Morrison is a loser who drifts from job to job. After an idle period during which he uses up all his resources, including his ability to tap his friends for money, Hal lands a job as counterman in a small diner, Marta's Place.

Marta is a genial woman close to fifty, with (as Hal sees them) legs like a baby elephant. But they hit it off and Marta begins to give Hal more freedom and responsibility — and eventually she moves him into her apartment.

This life isn't exactly what Hal wants, but hey, he has a lot of freedom and feels pretty much like a partner in the business, a business he seeks to improve by giving the place a fresh look with new paint and décor. He comes up with ideas as well to bring in customers, and it shows.

One of the customers is Ara, a soft easy blonde woman who can't take her eyes off Hal. Despite Marta's dirty looks, Hal manages to sneak around and start up with Ara. Before long he even rents her an apartment so they can spend time together.

But when Ara is found murdered, suspicion falls immediately on Hal. He not only has to defend himself agains two detectives who hound him day and night, but live in the dread fear that Marta will find out what has been going on.

At the same time Marta has been having dreams of a bigger better restaurant and with Hal's help they manage to get a place. 

But all is not as it seems and the detectives turn out to be only one of Hal's concerns, perhaps the least of his concerns. 

“An interesting tale. It has the feel of a 40s gangster flick.”

— Lynn Bushey

From C. M. Albercht, www.cmalbrecht.com www.cmalbrecht.wordpress.com 

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