Great new novel from Maine’s Gerry Boyle

In our living room, Linda and I have some bookshelves. One of those shelves is full of Gerry Boyle’s books. I especially enjoy Gerry’s main character, Jack McMorrow, a news reporter who lives in Maine but writes for the New York Times.

I first got to know Gerry Boyle when he was a newspaper reporter and columnist in central Maine. And I’m very pleased that he’s become such a successful author who has written 15 mystery novels and won a number of awards.

Gerry’s new novel, Random Act, published by Islandport Press, is very compelling. I intended to read it over five or six days but once I started I just couldn’t stop and I read it in two days.

I don’t want to give away the plot, but it includes a crazy man who kills a nice lady with a hatchet right in front of Jack McMorrow. There’s also a woman whose husband was killed, and she reunited with childhood sweetheart, arriving at his Maine home with a satchel full of $100 bills totaling $2 million.

And this is only a small part of the story. I will also tell you that McMorrow, researching all of this for his story in the New York Times, gets way too close to the action. And I will say, once you start reading the book and get to the place where the man kills lady with a hatchet, you may find the cover of the book kind of creepy. It’s a man in the darkness carrying a hatchet!

All of Gerry’s novels are set in Maine and you will recognize the places. If you have never read any of Gerry’s novels, I guarantee once you read Random Act, you will want to purchase and read a lot more of his novels. And before you know it, just like Linda and me, you’ll have a shelf full of Gerry’s novels!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.