Michael Koryta will give a talk and sign copies of his new bestseller, "How It Happened" at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Crime novel author to speak

BAR HARBOR — Bestselling author Michael Koryta will give an author talk and sign books at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m.

Stephen King called author Koryta’s book “How It Happened” the “perfect summer reading,” O Magazine listed it as one of their Top Books of the Summer and Good Morning America chose it as a “best book to bring to the beach this summer.”

In the book, Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well-known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, FBI investigator Rob Barrett, who has been circling Crepeaux and her conspirators for months, knows, as strongly as he’s known anything, that Crepeaux’s story is how it happened. But one thing remains elusive: where are Jackie and Ian’s bodies? After Barrett stakes his name and reputation on the truth of Crepeaux’s confession, the bodies turn up 200 miles from where she said they’d be, shot in the back and covered in a different suspect’s DNA. The case is quickly closed and Barrett forcibly reassigned. But for Howard Pelletier, the tragedy of his daughter’s murder cannot be so tidily swept away. And for Barrett, whose career may already be over, the chance to help a grieving father may be the only chance he has left.

Koryta is the author of 12 suspense novels. His work has been praised by Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash and Scott Smith among many others. His books has been translated into more than 20 languages and have won or been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize,  the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, the Barry Award, the Quill Award, International Thriller Writers Award and the Golden Dagger.

Before turning to writing full-time, Koryta worked as a private investigator, a newspaper reporter, and taught at the Indiana University School of Journalism. He lives in Bloomington, Ind., and Camden.

Books will be on sale that night courtesy of co-sponsor Sherman’s Books. This talk is also co-sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or [email protected].

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