Mystery novelist to speak at library


Readers of mysteries and thrillers, particularly darker noir novels, will find “The Long Way Out,” Michael Wiley’s gritty page-turner, hard to put down. Wiley will discuss his novel at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, as part of the Friends of the Library’s speaker series.

“The Long Way Out” is the second in Wiley’s new thriller series set in Northeast Florida and has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly as offering “a searing portrait” … and “gripping plot” involving a wrongfully convicted and later exonerated ex-con, Franky Dast, investigating a series of murders.

Michael Wiley grew up in Chicago and lived and worked in the neighborhoods and on the streets where he set his first two detective series, the Shamus Award-winning Joe Kozmarski books and the Daniel Turner thrillers. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

The author will have books available for purchase and a portion of every sale benefits the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. The Sept. 19 event will be held in the FOL Community Room of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library and is free and open to the public.