Maine author launches new thriller at the Jesup

hardacker coverBAR HARBOR — Author Vaughn C. Hardacker will launch his third thriller, “Black Orchid,” at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m.

Mindy Hollis is the quintessential poor little rich girl who runs to Hollywood to find fame and fortune as an actress. Her shocking death sets off a hunt for her killers that spans from glitzy Hollywood to the bowels of Mexico City to a Vancouver movie set.

The search for Mindy’s killers leads investigators to a pimp named Vincent Beneventi, “a small-time piece of garbage who wants to be big-time,” Giuliano Olivas “Holy” Toledo, a sadistic Mexican film producer, and Kondrat Jablonski, a hot Hollywood director. Publisher’s Weekly says, “Hardacker keeps the action flowing all the way to the violent climax.”

Hardacker is a veteran of the US Marines and served in Vietnam. He is a member of the New England Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and his short stories have been published in several anthologies. He is the author of five novels, including “Sniper,” which was selected as a finalist for a 2015 Maine Literary Award in the Crime Fiction category. He lives in Stockholm.

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