NAIVE
the debut suspense thriller
from award-winning writer
Charles Royce

Micah Breuer, an accomplished art director living in New York City, comes home one evening to find his husband Lennox lying on their living room floor in a pool of blood. Lennox has been brutally stabbed over 30 times but is still alive.

 

Struggling to keep his husband breathing, Micah’s efforts end up killing him, and he is arrested for the murder. Mysterious items are found at the crime scene, some suggesting a connection to the company he works for, while others point to an elusive heroin dealer known as Ghost.

 

With a trial looming, Micah’s lawyer hustles to defend him. Together, they are catapulted into multiple dark realities of corporate corruption, Manhattan’s drug underworld, a questionable and overzealous prosecution, and the betrayal of a close friend who may have masterminded a murderous scheme that could land Micah in prison for life.

 

As Micah wrestles with his naiveté, his friends and enemies begin to question their own.

”It is well for the heart to be naive,

and the mind not to be”

 

— Anatole France (1844-1924)

With Naïve, Royce has jumpstarted a world where entertainment, fashion and publishing collide with criminal justice, mental health and modern corruption to entwine readers in a cascading foray of three novels, immersing them in a multi-continent, decade-long tale of murder, betrayal, corporate scandal and revenge.  Upcoming titles in this series include:

PART II: DIRE COMING SUMMER 2020

PART III: SYNCHRONICITY COMING WINTER 2020

 

PEOPLE ARE TALKING

ABOUT NAIVE

"IS MICAH A MODERN DAY MR. RIPLEY, OR IS HE NOT?

WHAT A RIDE TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT!"

CELIA S., SEATTLE

“I TOTALLY MISSED PICKING UP MY CHILD FROM SCHOOL

THE DAY I FINISHED THIS BOOK"

SHARA T., NASHVILLE

FROM CHARLES

My own life experience reminds me that the characters in Naive inhabit a world I know all too well—where superficiality meets authenticity, where shadow meets light. For example, I’ve written double-platinum, Dove Award nominated, number-one songs for the Christian music industry, then I began drowning my demons in alcohol and drugs (I’ve been sober now since 2006). I’ve worked as creative director for Variety Magazine in LA, where I art directed Donald Trump and became brief pen pals with him, then I opened an advertising agency in NYC, a city where I voted twice for Obama (and later Hilary Clinton). Most recently I’ve studied mental health diagnosis and counseling in a master’s degree program, then I wrote Naïve, a novel where the protagonist may or may not be a sociopath. Currently I am a freelance creative director residing in Nashville with my partner of 5 years, who used to love me unconditionally. Then he read Naïve. Now he sleeps with one eye open. 

So that's a little about me. I look forward to getting to know YOU much more in the coming years.Thank you for your support,

 
 

© 2019 by CHARLES ROYCE.

Top photo by Ruben Estevez; Bio photo by Sara Taylor Gauchat