“Features as much sound and fury as a summer movie blockbuster.”-Kirkus Reviews

How can a man step off a bus at a rest stop in small-town Maine and disappear? McMorrow wants to know but nobody else seems to care about the fate of P. Ray Mantis. Jack presses and soon finds himself up against small-town hoodlums, a sketchy police chief, and an assortment of street people. It’s the underbelly of Scanesett, Maine, and in it McMorrow may have finally met his match.

E-book and Print, November 2015

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In Gerry Boyle’s most engaging novel yet, journalist Jack McMorrow travels to the sleepy town of Scanesett, Maine. When a man disappears from a tour bus, no one seems to care. Except Jack, who knows there’s a story too good to pass up… -Amazon Editorial Review

The New York Times Review
“[A] raw-boned regional series… [Boyle] keeps the legends of this cold and menacing landscape very much alive.”

Library Journal
“More solid writing from the author of Potshot.”

Kirkus Reviews
“Features as much sound and fury as a summer movie blockbuster.”

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Like many crime novelists, Gerry Boyle began his writing career in newspapers—a place he calls the best training ground ever. After attending Colby College, he knocked around at various jobs, including stints as a roofer, a postman, and a manuscript reader at a big New York publisher. He began his newspaper career in the paper mill town of Rumford, Maine. There was a lot of small-town crime in Rumford and Gerry would later mine his Rumford time for his first novel, Deadline. After a few months he moved on to the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, where editors gave him a thrice-weekly column. He wrote about the stuff he saw in police stations, courtrooms, and in the towns and cities of Maine. All the while he was also typing away on a Smith-Corona electric typewriter, writing Deadline which came out in 1993. Since Deadline, he has written eight additional Jack McMorrow stories with a 10th, Once Burned, scheduled for release in 2015. Read more at: http://www.islandportpress.com/gerry-boyle.html