Wednesday, July 24, 2024


102614i-crime-booksFans of Boston reporter and thriller author Hank Phillippi Ryan rejoice: The latest in her Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series, “Truth Be Told,” is out in hardcover and Ryan is coming with it Monday to Porter Square Books.

As in past visits to Cambridge, Ryan is accompanied a fellow crime writer – in this case, true crime writer Kate Clark Flora, a Grub Street teacher and former assistant attorney general in Maine whose latest book is “Death Dealer,” a look at the 2003 case of David Tanasichuk and his missing wife, Maria, calling for a seeming endless cadaver-dog search of hundreds of miles of woods along the border of Canada and Maine before a conviction in 2012.

In Ryan’s novel, her reporter hero Ryland digs into the conspiracy behind the foreclosure eviction of a middle-class family, while Boston police detective Brogan gets a confession to a 20-year-old killing and can’t help questioning its truth.

Reviews have been good, with Library Journal urging people to “drop everything and binge-read until the mind-boggling conclusion” and The Associated Press saying it “showcases the author’s ability to balance humor, gripping drama, romance and contemporary issues. Ryan … nails them all in this high-quality reading adventure.”

Flora will talk about her book (and her “And Grant You Peace”) and Ryan is to talk about crime fiction, her inspiration and her life as an Emmy-winning investigative reporter at NBC at 7 p.m. Monday at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square.