Launch of new 'Joe Gunther' novel at Northshire


Two authors will be visiting Northshire Bookstore, and one of them will be launching his newest work.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 29, author Thomas Flynn will address his book, "Bikeman: A Fifteenth Anniversary Reflection on September 11th."

Flynn, author, journalist, and survivor of the horrific events that occurred on Sept.11, 2001, modeled his work on Dante's "Inferno." This book chronicles the morning of 9 /11 like no other published work. Flynn delivers a personal account of his experiences beginning with the first strike on the World Trade Center when he decided to follow his journalist's instinct and point his bike's handlebars in the direction of the north tower.

His story continues as he transitions from reporter to participant hoping to survive the fall of the south tower. Flynn, as both journalist and now survivor, must come to terms with the harrowing ordeal and somehow find peace in the very act of surviving.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept 30, is the Launch Party for Archer Mayor's new work, "Presumption of Guilt," the 26th Joe Gunther novel by a favorite Vermont authors. This event will also be Mayor's 26th author event at Northshire Bookstore.

A 40-year-old skeleton is found encased in a concrete slab at a recently decommissioned nuclear energy site. It becomes a case for the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) and its leader, Joe Gunther. Apparently, they have the resources and the ability to investigate an old, very cold, missing persons' case that has now been reclassified as murder. The victim was Hank Mitchell, and Gunther must chase down old rumors and speculations — who benefited from his death and the disappearance of his body? And was his death somehow tied to New York City mafia money being laundered through the construction project? But what seems the coldest of cold cases roars back to life when one of the central figures in this mystery is shot to death, right after speaking with Gunther. And when a young police officer — the son of VBI investigator Lester Spinney — is kidnapped, is that meant to be a warning to the VBI team to drop the case?

After all these many years, the truth behind the murder still has to the power to kill, and it's up to Gunther and his team to capture the living and finally put the dead to rest.

Mayor, in addition to writing the bestselling Joe Gunther series, is a death investigator for the state medical examiner, and has 25 years of experience as a firefighter/EMT. He lives near Brattleboro.


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