REGION – “Bomber’s Moon,” out Sept. 24, marks New York Times best-selling author Archer Mayor’s 30th novel in the highly acclaimed Vermont-based Joe Gunther mystery series.
Detective Joe Gunther worked for the Brattleboro, Vt. police department and is now a Special Agent for the fictional Vermont Bureau of Investigation. Books about his case-solving prowess have appeared once a year since 1988 and been published in five languages. They routinely gather high praise from such sources as The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker, often appearing on annual 10 best lists.
Described by the Chicago Tribune as “the best police procedurals being written in America,” Archer Mayor loosely bases his novels on his actual experience in the field. Over the past 30 years, he has served as a firefighter, EMT and a police officer, and continues to work as a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Mayor’s earlier employment in other fields also informs his books. A graduate of Yale, he has been a scholarly editor, historian, researcher, and photographer, as well as a political advance man and a medical illustrator.
According to American writer of crime fiction Reed Farrel Coleman, “While thousands of other writers have been touted as the next big thing, only to crash and burn, Archer Mayor has thrived. He has produced consistently fine and enviable prose.”
Packed with human interest and local color typical of Mayor’s writing, his 30th novel, Bomber’s Moon, surpasses its predecessors with the author’s trademark twists and turns. The book features two strong young women, unlikely partners, who are both embroiled in the same crime from opposite angles.
Having reached this notable benchmark in the Joe Gunther series and in his career as a writer, Mayor says, “It’s felt like writing 30 chapters of a single biography of an intriguing, fallible, dedicated team of people, against the backdrop of a state whose picture-perfect image often runs very much at odds with its hardscrabble, often darker realities. Just like Johnny Depp.”
The 30th book launch parties take place at The Mill in East Arlington, Vt. Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 4-6 p.m., and at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., all are invited. During October and November, Archer Mayor will make a number of author appearances at bookstores and libraries throughout New England. A list of events can be found at www.archermayor.com/events.