Dennis Clausen’s urban literary fiction novel was the 2018 bestseller for Brown Posey Press, an imprint of Sunbury Press, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
About the Book:
Justin Moore, a young Catholic priest, witnesses a crime he believes he might have prevented if he had intervened to assist the victim. The incident destroys his faith in himself and undermines his mental health. He takes a leave of absence and moves into a rundown studio apartment on the edge of downtown San Diego, where he lives a reclusive lifestyle without a computer, telephone, or anything that connects him to the outside world. He spends most of his time in the loneliness of that apartment reading and pondering his life’s mission. One day he spots a note advertising a part-time position as a driver for a wheelchair-bound resident of the same apartment. He answers the ad and is introduced to a mysterious elderly gentleman who identifies himself as an “accountant for an international business firm.” He tells Justin to call him A. C., an abbreviation for Accountant, and he refuses to divulge anything more about himself or his business activities. Justin soon questions whether his elderly employer might be involved in drug trafficking and other illegal activities under the guise of corporate respectability. As Justin becomes increasingly obsessive about his new employer, he speculates that A. C., who is an enigmatic and elusive character, might have an even more mysterious past. When Justin plunges deeper into the abyss of doubt and confusion concerning his life and A. C., his emotional crisis and obsessive state of mind worsen. Those self-doubts and suspicions about his enigmatic employer build as he struggles to learn A. C.’s real motives for coming to “America’s finest city.”
About the Author
Dennis M. Clausen grew up in west central Minnesota. There, he gained a close, intimate knowledge of the small towns and the lives they harbored. They provide the inspiration for The Search for Judd McCarthy (2018), which was a best-selling paperback original when first published under a different title in 1982. The Sins of Rachel Sims (2018), set in another small town, is a sequel to The Search for Judd McCarthy. The Accountant’s Apprentice (2018), a story that explores mysterious events that occurred in San Diego, California, in the mid-2010s, is his first novel with an urban setting. My Christmas Attic (2018), the story of a young boy in the early 1950s who struggles with dyslexia and the loss of his father in the Korean War, is set in the nearby mountain town of Julian, California. Clausen is also the author of Prairie Son (1999), a book that was the winner of Mid-List Press’s “First Series: Creative Nonfiction Award.” This book recreates his father’s struggles as an adopted child to survive the Great Depression in a farm home where he was treated more as a worker than a son. In addition to his creative work, Clausen has authored textbooks, including Screenwriting and Literature (2009), which explores the relationships between writing screenplays and writing novels. For over thirty years, he has taught literature and screenwriting courses at the University of San Diego. He enjoys writing stories that combine and transcend traditional literary genres. He has several other works in progress.