The Ghosts of Morning

Wil Hardesty Series #3
By Richard Barre

Available for: Kindle | Nook


In his Shamus Award winning first novel, The Innocents, Richard Barre introduced audiences to Wil Hardesty, “a person trying hard to survive a few of life’s dirtier tricks” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). He’s a private eye with a deep, dark past–and an uncertain future. In The Ghosts of Morning, Barre plunges even further into Wil’s history, to a far-off place where murder and friendship collide.

Denny Van Zant was Wil Hardesty’s best friend. Together they surfed, drank and brawled their youth away. Then came the day Denny was accused of murder. Some said he did it. Some said he didn’t. He was never quite charged. Then came Vietnam, and years later Wil saw what had been identified as his best friend buried at a military funeral.

Now, decades later, Wil receives a phone call from Denny’s mother, a voice from yesterday that brings painful memories flooding back. She thinks Denny is still alive. Her evidence is sketchy, but it is a place to start. And once started, Wil won’t be able to stop until he’s sure Denny is alive. Or both of them are dead.


“Barre has tapped into the psyche of a generation; The Ghosts of Morning is a ride as wild and exhilarating as the California surf.” —Nevada Barr, award-winning author of the Anna Pigeon mystery series

“Barre’s language strikes eloquent chords of pain and regret…a steamy, evocative stew…”—Publisher’s Weekly

“Excellent…a tribute to an honorable man’s refusal to succumb to his past even if he can’t shed it.” —Booklist

“This Southern California-based thriller oozes with sun-baked atmosphere and haunting echoes of the past.” —Chicago Tribune

“The Ghosts of Morning…establishes Richard Barre in the top handful of male crime writers to emerge in the 1990s.” —Deadly Pleasures

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