Roger Guay, author of ‘A Good Man with a Dog,’ will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on June 23 with co-writer Kate Clark Flora and a four-legged special guest. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE JESUP

‘A Good Man with a Dog’ to visit Jesup



BAR HARBOR — The Warden Service’s Roger Guay, Kate Clark Flora and a four-legged special guest will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. for an author talk and book signing.

From finding poachers to lost hikers to bodies buried deep in the Maine woods, Guay and his canine companions became an integral part of the Maine Game Warden service. Now Guay, a 25-year veteran of the service, and co-writer Flora recount stories of catching poachers, the sometimes CSI-like reconstruction of deer- and moose-poaching, the bond between Guay and his K9 search-and-rescue companions and how Guay was drawn into cadaver dog work and became a resource for the police.

“A Good Man with a Dog” explores Guay’s life as he and his canine partners were exposed to increasingly terrible events. When Guay decided to get a canine, the warden service was phasing out the K-9 program. He was left to get Reba and pay all expenses, since he was convinced the dog would be a solid asset in apprehending violators. Gradually, the successes of Guay, along with his partner and her dog, helped revive the K-9 program and broaden its horizons.

Cat Warren, the author of New York Times bestseller “What the Dog Knows,” said “ ‘A Good Man with a Dog” reads like you are sitting down with Roger for a great conversation in front of a warm fire with a cup of coffee. You’ll want to listen all night. And you’ll come away from that conversation realizing how much you’ve learned.”

Guay has received numerous commendations from the warden service, the Maine House of Representatives, the Maine State Police and the USPCA. He is a K9 master trainer, a certified K9 handler and certified in cadaver and explosives searches. In addition to decades of search-and-rescue experience, he has extensive experience in missing persons/homicide searches and body recovery.

Flora has published 14 mystery and true crime books. Her titles include “Finding Amy,” an Edgar Award nominee about a case Guay helped solve; “Death Dealer,” an Agatha and Anthony finalist and 2015 Public Safety Writers Association Award winner for Best Non-Fiction; “And Grant You Peace,” a Joe Burgess police procedural and winner of the 2015 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction; and the Thea Kozak mysteries.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the library. Sherman’s and Machias Savings Bank are co-sponsors of this event.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected]

 

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