Straw Man: A Jack McMorrow Mystery

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Price
$24.95
Publisher
Islandport Press
Publish Date
Pages
350
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781939017932

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About the Author

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. Straw Man is the 11th installment in the Jack McMorrow Mystery Series.

Reviews

"Jack McMorrow gets into some vicious fights in Straw Man, Gerry Boyle s new mystery in his rugged series set in the wilds of Maine. Take the bone-crunching brawl that Jack and his military-trained friends, Clair and Louis, get into when they run across four big guys with chain saws poaching hardwood trees on an old woman s land. The repercussions of that little scuffle not only complicate the onetime newspaper reporter s freelance assignment on private gun sales in Maine, but also endanger his family. The most hurtful fights, though, are those clenched-teeth-exchanges with his wife, Roxanne, over an elementary-school project on pacifism that has her working closely with the soft-handed gentleman goat farmer who owns Heaven Sent Farm. ( Must be cashmere goats, Jack notes.) The difficulties facing peaceful people who must live in a violent world are revisited when Jack tries to write a story on a community of Old Order Mennonites. But, as Clair says when he hands Jack a Glock with an extra clip and two boxes of ammo: I m all for pacifism. . . . But I m not gonna die for it. "--The New York Times Book Review (05/16/2016)"

"Jack McMorrow gets into some vicious fights in Straw Man, Gerry Boyle s new mystery in his rugged series set in the wilds of Maine. Take the bone-crunching brawl that Jack and his military-trained friends, Clair and Louis, get into when they run across four big guys with chain saws poaching hardwood trees on an old woman s land. The repercussions of that little scuffle not only complicate the onetime newspaper reporter s freelance assignment on private gun sales in Maine, but also endanger his family. The most hurtful fights, though, are those clenched-teeth-exchanges with his wife, Roxanne, over an elementary-school project on pacifism that has her working closely with the soft-handed gentleman goat farmer who owns Heaven Sent Farm. ( Must be cashmere goats, Jack notes.) The difficulties facing peaceful people who must live in a violent world are revisited when Jack tries to write a story on a community of Old Order Mennonites. But, as Clair says when he hands Jack a Glock with an extra clip and two boxes of ammo: I m all for pacifism. . . . But I m not gonna die for it. "

--The New York Times Book Review (05/16/2016)"