Boyle does Belfast

Latest mystery pegs city
By Dagney C. Ernest | May 07, 2010
Gerry Boyle

Belfast — Gerry Boyle, author and editor of the Colby College magazine, will bring his latest Jack McMorrow mystery to town Friday, May 14 — and the novel, "Damaged Goods," brings McMorrow to Belfast, which clearly inspires the fictional city of Galway in this, the ninth Jack McMorrow mystery.

Boyle will introduce "Damaged Goods" and sign copies at Mr. Paperback in Reny's Plaza, 1-F Belmont Ave./Route 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information or to reserve a book ahead of time, call 338-2735.

Boyle's character, a retired New York Times reporter who freelances stories for his former employer and other publications such as Down East magazine, lives in Prosperity, a fictional village in the rural Midcoast cluster of nouns-of-aspiration towns. He has visited Belfast by name in previous outings, but Galway is a more specific portrait. Readers will recognize locales and situations as McMorrow and his wife, a child protective social worker whose office is in Rockland, deal with the escalating consequences of her work.

The book includes a Satanist couple in Appleton (!) and a second plot string spun from the Belfast newspaper's classified ads for "companionship" (!!). While Maine has had its share of Satanist activity, these jumping-off places are perhaps less grounded in the local community as their settings, which will be familiar to anyone who lives and visits the area. In any case, "Damaged Goods" is a compelling read.

Boyle, who lives in China Village, comes by his crime writing naturally. He was a newspaper reporter for 18 years. His many books include "A Place Called Maine: 24 Authors on the Maine Experience," "A Healing Touch" and "Port City Shakedown," in addition to the previous Jack McMorrow books. He is a regular contributor to Down East and the Northern New England Journey magazines. "Damaged Goods" is published by Down East Books.

Coming next month to Mr. Paperback will be Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, who will perform and sign his books Friday, June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. More details on this event which is expected to draw a big crowd, are forthcoming.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.

 

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