The good news just keeps rolling in! We are thrilled to announce that Islandport Press will work with acclaimed author Gerry Boyle to publish a new Jack McMorrow novel in hardcover, and re-release his first eight books in the popular mystery series as both redesigned softcover and ebook versions. Islandport has also acquired an option for a second new McMorrow book, the rights to original online fiction by Boyle, and the rights to the new titles forthcoming in Boyle’s Brandon Blake mystery series.
The new McMorrow book, Once Burned, is set for release in May 2015 and takes lead character Jack McMorrow on a hunt for a dangerous arsonist setting his town ablaze. A second McMorrow book, tentatively called Straw Man, and a new untitled Brandon Blake book are expected to follow in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
“There’s a new tomorrow for Jack McMorrow,” said Genevieve Morgan, senior editor at Islandport Press. “It’s about time Maine’s favorite crime reporter returned—and this latest book is one of Gerry’s best.”
The deal brings nearly all of Boyle’s properties under one publishing umbrella and allows for a comprehensive relaunch of the existing series that will have new life through emerging publishing channels. In addition to books, Boyle will write original short stories, original introductions to previously published titles, a Once Burned prequel, and some nonfiction blog posts that will appear on Islandport web channels.
"I'm very excited that the Jack McMorrow series has found such a wonderful new home. Islandport 'gets' McMorrow and Maine, and I'm looking forward to working with the team there," said Boyle. "Jack is back big time and Islandport's reissuing of the earlier novels will introduce McMorrow and his brand of crime detection to a whole new audience."
Gerry Boyle began his prolific writing career in newspapers. After graduating from Colby College, he held down a series of odd jobs, including post man, roofer, and a manuscript reader in New York. Back in Maine, he wrote articles for a weekly publication in Rumford, Maine, which became the setting for his first bestselling McMorrow book, Deadline. He moved to the Morning Sentinel (Waterville) to write a column three days a week and started spending a lot of time hanging out in courtrooms and with cops. This experience inspired him to begin writing the character of Jack McMorrow. Thank goodness.