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Burnt Coffee By Larry Rochelle
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BURNT COFFEE depicts Chapel Hill summers as fraught with heat and angst. The ambiance of Franklin Street with its trendy shops and casual summer school students lulls the senses and slows the pace.... More > But in its coffee shops there is more than mocha and espresso shots, more than college students getting a buzz for their 8 o’clock classes. Yes, here the denizens of the town can gather in quiet splendor until the return of the fall semester students, and here romances can blossom or wither in the blinding afternoon sun. Here, discussions can range from this year’s drought to Roy Williams’ Tar Heel recruiting successes. And if we pause to notice, we can see wives sipping iced French-vanilla latte’ and sharing dangerous secrets with their handsome lovers who drink their coffee hot.< Less
The Plaza Line By Larry Rochelle
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Think of summertime in this Kansas City on the 4th of July. An infant's body is found at the base of the Liberty Memorial. A tragedy of this magnitude strikes at the very heart of the city yet is... More > only the beginning of a series of unfolding events. Days later, the story becomes even more complicated when other deaths occur within a short period of time, most seeming to do with the light rail plan of Sandy Banteen And it all swirls around Palmer Morel, a good looking tennis pro who is drawn into this mess by his own illicit actions. The events of the story come to a vivid and dramatic conclusion at the (now defunct) Blues and Jazz Festival at the Liberty Memorial. Pulsating blues and contemporary jazz play on into the night. Author, Larry Rochelle's writing can best be described as having the wit, irony and healthy sarcasm needed in this town.< Less
DIXIE SLOTS By Larry Rochelle
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Wanna lose your money? Go to Biloxi and hand it over. But be careful. You might be looking for fun, but remember who calls the shots, who stacks the slots. Tennis pro Palmer Morel thinks it might be... More > fun, being the tennis pro down on the Gulf Coast, chatting it up with the ladies, playing a little poker. But he finds a few Dixie Mafia friends, the hard guys, who want to modify his backhand and soft lob his girl friend. And when the Gulf sea acts nasty, Morel needs to find a sloop or a yacht or a steamship to navigate these troubled waters. So if you visit Morel, come equipped with more than your tennis racquet and your girl's bikini. Be ready for some hard ball, both on the courts and off.< Less
Psyched By Larry Rochelle
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The back entrance to the topless bar, The Stage Door, in Covington, Kentucky, was slightly opened, it was 5:30 a.m., and a small crowd could see blood trickling down the back stairs and onto the... More > gravel. Police cars were scattered in the alley, at odd angles, their flashing lights blinking, their sirens turned off. Whoever called from the pay phone on Fifth Street was long gone, but everyone noticed the yellow crime scene tape protecting the dusty alley. Three detectives were bent over, looking into the dust, measuring some barefoot prints, and the crowd wondered and murmured to itself. A tall, thin man with a full crop of blond hair and a white tennis windbreaker was sitting on the low brick wall which ran along the alley for half a block or so. He rubbed his face, and then absently reached into his jacket pocket, searching for another piece of gum.< Less
Bonaventure By Larry Rochelle
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"Bonaventure" takes us to the intriguing city of Savannah, where empty graves reveal the secrets of the ages, depicting the plots, counter-plots, steamy loves and frantic fears of a... More > generation of warriors. When Palmer Morel tries to outwit the Feds, he unknowingly involves his closest friends and lovers. Can Morel avoid death as assassins cross his path on the spooky paths of moonlit Bonaventure Cemetery?< Less
BACK TO THE RAT By Larry Rochelle
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Back to the Rat by Larry Rochelle Tennis pro Palmer Morel needs help and his tennis club friend, Debra Darby, tells him to relax. What he needs is a change of scene. Darby urges Morel to get... More > therapy for his depression at “The Body Shop” in Carrboro and promises he will just love the creative way the therapists move from patient to patient, getting them to dance, write in their journals and sketch free hand impressions of life. Morel is unsure about this unorthodox approach but shows up one day at “The Body Shop” and is hooked. One therapist in particular appeals to him, and soon he and the petite blond Pris Price become friends.< Less
Southport Sisters By Larry Rochelle
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SOUTHPORT SISTERS The politics of North Carolina have shifted, and forty-six-year-old tennis pro, Palmer Morel, can feel the difference. The hatred has increased. The Governor has forgotten the... More > poorest people of the state. And the Tar Heel sports program is in shambles. Morel has discovered many secrets about the Tar Heel state, and these secrets have put his life in danger. Together with his mother and his young son TJ, Morel has entered the Witness Protection program and is hiding out in Wilmington along the coast near the Cape Fear River.< Less
Occupy Fearrington By Larry Rochelle
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Palmer Morel meets the Occupy movement in Carolina. When a demonstration is attacked by right-wing thugs, Morel escapes into the woods while motorcycles buzz nearby. Will he find who did the killings?
Killing Karaoke By Larry Rochelle
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KILLING KARAOKE Tennis pro Palmer Morel needs a hide-out to escape from a murder plot. He finds a good place at The Wildfire Inn, a bed and breakfast in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Looking for some... More > fun one evening, Palmer and his 6-year-old son Tony Jack walk to the traffic circle and spot a karaoke sign at the Old-Time Saloon a few blocks away. For a few moments, singing together on the stage is delightful. But then all hell breaks loose.< Less
Crazy Lil' Media By Larry Rochelle
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Kansas City has many media outlets, but Larry Rochelle chose KCPT public television and The Pitch alternative newspaper for his internships. What developed was a witty, critical memoir of his time... More > volunteering at those media sources during the terror time of autumn 2001. "CRAZY LIL' MEDIA uses first-hand accounts, interviews, emails and Rochelle's colorful remarks to enlighten the time of stress in Kansas City immediately before and after the terror attacks in New York." "Readers will catch a glimpse at the inner workings at KCPT-TV and shadow Larry Rochelle as he walks the streets of Kansas City to find stories to write for The Pitch newspaper."< Less