Author Gerry Boyle’s mystery series features Jack McMorrow and a host of dangerous characters spread across the Maine landscape from Belfast to China. Boyle will give a reading from the newest in the McMorrow series, “Damaged Goods,” at the downtown Camden Public Library Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Boyle has been a popular speaker at each of the library’s Death and Desserts panel discussions.

Boyle has said that while “Damaged Goods” does take place in a place that is physically modeled on Belfast, he has populated his fictional version of the city with fictional characters, from Jack and his wife Roxanne; to the prostitute who opens up shop on Main Street and the backwoods Satanist who targets Roxanne, Jack and their daughter Sophie.

Ex-New York Times reporter McMorrow is happy in Maine, but one day his social worker wife Roxanne returns home shaken by a confrontation with the father of neglected children she has removed. Into their lives comes the mysterious young woman Mandi and a world of trouble. As the dangers converge, it will take a heroic act to save Jack, Roxanne and daughter Sophie. But who will put life on the line when the moment comes?

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