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"Maxell, Alison L" <[log in to unmask]>
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Maxell, Alison L
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:47:27 +0000
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Good morning!  If you happen to be in the Augusta area next Tuesday, October 25th we would love to have you join us at 6pm for a book discussion and signing with Maine Mystery Author Gerry Boyle.  Gerry will be talking about his latest book, Straw Man (published last May):

Boyle's engrossing 11th Jack McMorrow Mystery (after 2015's Once Burned) opens in the woods of Waldo County, Maine, with the freelance reporter and his friends, Clair and Louis, getting into a fight with men illegally harvesting lumber from an old woman's land. The thieves lose the brawl, but they vow retribution and start stalking Jack's family. Jack responds with force, escalating the feud and driving a wedge between him and his wife, Roxanne, a social worker who's passionate about peaceful conflict resolution and fears that Jack is setting a poor example for their daughter, Sophie. Deftly drawn characters and a strong sense of place add texture and depth to this gritty tale of rural crime and vigilante justice. Jack and Roxanne's marital strife imbues even otherwise mundane scenes with tension, and Jack's journalistic research into Old Order Mennonites and private gun sales paves the way for thoughtful discussions regarding religion, faith, and the cycle of violence. Ample action drives the story toward a pat but otherwise gratifying conclusion. - Publishers Weekly.

Hope you can make it!  And if you would like a printable flyer for your library, let me know offline!  Have a great weekend!

Alison L. Maxell
Director of Public Services and Outreach, Research & Innovation
Maine State Library
64 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333-0064
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