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And the letter
About the Book:
This novel about the mysterious letter Collins finds on the street takes the reader on a journey through a labyrinth of coincidences from Cork City over to Perugia, and from there down to Rome. The letter arouses in Collins all sorts of speculations and fantasies. Who is Mary Murphy? How come she gets a letter from Rome? What’s Finbar Barry doing in Rome? What is their relationship? While Collins goes from pub to pub talking about lost letters, trying to unravel the mystery, we learn about why Finbar went to Perugia and finally to Rome. We are given an insight to his life there with Silke up to when, years later, he meets a group of lads from Cork. From them he learns about some writer in Cork, and decides to write to his old girlfriend Mary. Collins thinks it’s stuff for a novel, but first he must travel to Rome to meet Barry.
About the Author:
Born in Cork City, Mike Crowley now lives in Frankfurt. For him writing fiction is an ideal form of brain jogging. While scribbling poetry ensures him a devilish companionship with the Muses. The blank page on the table and the pen in hand raring to go.
“Collins… and the letter” is his third published novel after “What Colette Didn’t Know” and “Pledged in Green”. Three books of poetry: “Poems and Limericks”, “Wild Thoughts Trapped In Verse” and “Tinged Ideas”. He has no mobile, no iPhone, no smartphone.
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It’s me all right.
Still in his pyjamas, and a dressing-gown wrapped round him, he was standing in front of the mirror in the bathroom brushing his teeth. About an hour earlier, when the alarm clock pulled him out of his sleep, he was right in the middle of a dream; something about a letter. He stretched out his arm and turned off the alarm. Christ’s sake, he cursed, have I nothing more entertaining to think about in my sleep?
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