Ebola In the Upper Valley? Yes -- in Archer Mayor's Imagination

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There are probably as many varieties of human mayhem as there are humans to perpetrate them. So you could say that Archer Mayor is just a piker when it comes to describing them, with a mere 29 Joe Gunther crime novels to his name. It's really just throat-clearing.

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Except that's not true at all, of course. The books in Mayor's wonderful Vermont-focused series are densely plotted, complex, filled with the dark corners that ordinary people -- as opposed to over-the-top villains -- sometimes wedge themselves into. And because we're lucky enough to live around here, we get the bonus pleasure of seeing places we know in a very different light.

In Gunther's latest, Bury the Lead, the dread Ebola virus surfaces here -- I mean, right here -- at a place called Upper Valley Surgical Services. It's a key part of the plot, which involves... well, you can read about it here. 

The more important thing to know is that Mayor will be reading from and talking about Bury the Lead at The Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock on Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 pm.  Joe Gunther fans have no doubt already made their plans. But if you've never read one of the books, or have only read a few and are curious about Mayor himself, finding out just what the heck he was thinking bringing Ebola into the Upper Valley seems like a good reason to go hear him.


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