Maine Crime Author’s Panel

Sunday August 11, 2019 – 06:30 PM

Stephen King isn’t the only local author to raise goosebumps and quicken the pulses of readers throughout the country. Kristen Kuehnle, the owner of Fine Print Booksellers in Kennebunkport, will lead a fascinating discussion with three critically acclaimed crime authors whose work was inspired by their experiences in law enforcement and the criminal justice system here in Maine.

Bruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series. A former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in Maine law enforcement, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations in Portland. Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce spent four years investigating counter-terrorism cases for FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest award a non-agent can receive. His most recent novel, Beyond the Truth, has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2016.

Joseph K. Loughlin is a former Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Portland, Maine. He served as the interim Chief in 2008 before retiring from service in Jan. 2010 after 30 years on the job. Joseph has authored multiple editorials and magazine articles on the realities of police work and has been passionate about educating society about the difficulties and demands of the profession. He has also written two non-fiction books in collaboration with our third Maine crime author, Kate Clark Flora. Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine is non–fiction account of Amy St. Laurent, a South Berwick woman who went missing in October of 2001 and Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions and Myths about Police Shootings which was released in October 2017.

Kate Clark Flora is a lawyer who worked in the Maine attorney general’s office, protecting battered kids, chasing deadbeat dads, and representing the Human Rights Commission. After a few years of private practice, Kate decided to give writing a try. The result was the Thea Kozak series of mystery novels that have earned Kate multiple Maine Literacy Awards for crime fiction. In total, Kate is the author of nineteen books and more than twenty short stories including the titles above which she co-wrote with panelist Joseph K. Loughlin.

From the things that keep these writers up at night to the real life nightmares that drove them to put their experiences on paper, this is a conversation that bookworms and aspiring authors alike are sure to appreciate. Special thanks to Fine Print Booksellers for sponsoring this event.

The authors’ books will be available for purchase at the event, and they will happily sign your copy during the meet and greet following the show.

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