A last few weeks of Maine winter before spring and STRAW MAN, the new McMorrow from Islandport Books. While I’m waiting for the release (May 17), I’ve stopped in a couple of places to talk with readers, including the library in Manchester-by-the-Sea on Cape Ann in Massachusetts. Lovely town, nice people, including Dick Goutal, who runs the mystery book club at the library there and prepared a McMorrow primer for his group.
The package included the map below (the library group was reading PRETTY DEAD), and a guide to the first six McMorrow novels. Dick compiled synopses of the books, their publication history, aa key to the settings that categorized the places in the books according to whether they are real or fictional, and even included populations of the real towns and their relative locations. It was good work and I found myself reading it with interest. I may have created “Jack McMorrow’s world” (see the PRETTY DEAD road map below) but I’ve never attempted to track the books in this way.
I also loved that Dick really liked BORDERLINE, McMorrow mystery No. 5, which will be reissued by Islandport in March. “Borderline is rural noir at its best,” he wrote. “the plot is totally original, it’s borderline crazy, and I really recommend it.” I do, too. BORDERLINE, in which McMorrow is entangled in the disappearance of a bus passenger in a small town in Somerset County, is one of my personal favs.
So thanks to Dick and the other readers out there who have entered McMorrow’s world and enjoyed the experience. I don’t take that for granted.