A Lapse of Memory

by John A. Curry



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 15/01/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 160
ISBN : 9781425986117

About the Book

The crime fiction novelist presents his first novella, A Lapse of Memory, based on his short story of the same name.


    When the mafia wants a mark eliminated, they turn to contract killer James Randall, a.k.a. Richard Johnson, and he usually delivers in spades.  But Randall is aging and has developed the early stages of Alzheimer’s.  When a hit goes horribly wrong, he finds himself on the run, pursued by his former employers.


    Gritty, mesmerizing, A Lapse of Memory excites us with the chase, while also providing a back-story of a time long gone by.  Himself in search of a lost past, the emotionally complex Randall is determined to evade his pursuers.  But can he any longer differentiate friend from foe?  Can he search out the secrets of his past as the present slips away?


    The novella is ripe with inventive incidents, is evocative of the present as well as the physical atmosphere of the 1950’s, and offers a number of interesting characters.  As  usual in Curry’s work, the presence of the sea and the city is keenly felt and connected to the psychological action of the story.

About the Author

Dr. John A. Curry is Chancellor of Northeastern University.  A 1956 graduate of that university, he later earned his doctorate from Boston University and received their Distinguished Alumni Award.  From 1989-1996 he served as President of Northeastern University where he charted a new direction helping to transform the institution from a large, urban university toward a more selective “smaller but better” university.


    Dr. Curry has written four novels – Loyalty, Two and Out, The Irish Corsicans, and Bless Me Father – as well as three collections of short stories – Some Shorts in the Dark, More Shorts in the Dark, and Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue – all available through Author House, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47403.


    A Lapse of Memory is his first novella.