Mystery author Roger Johns will visit The BookMark Jan. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. to meet readers and sign copies of his new book, "Dark River Rising."
In this debut novel, Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman is called to the scene of a particularly gruesome murder where the body of a known criminal has been found in a deserted warehouse. When federal agent Mason Cunningham arrives on the scene, Wallace expects a hostile takeover of the case, but when a scientist with ties to the victim goes missing from a government lab, she needs Cunningham's federal connections as much as her local insight, and the two form an uneasy partnership.
Roger Johns is a former corporate lawyer and retired college professor with law degrees from Louisiana State University and Boston University. During his nearly two decades as a professor, he served on the editorial staffs of several academic publications and won numerous awards and recognitions for his teaching and scholarly writing. Johns was born and raised in Louisiana; he and his wife Julie now live in Georgia.
The BookMark is located at 220 1st St. in Neptune Beach.