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Port City Black and White: A Brandon Blake Mystery Hardcover – September 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Brandon Blake
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Down East Books; First Printing edition (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892729570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892729579
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Boyle’s writing has the clipped, punchy pace of high-caliber crime-thrillers . . " –The Bollard


"At the end of Port City (Black & White) the reader closes the book wanting to know more about Brandon. Gerry Boyle's novel is propelled by crisp, realistic dialogue and vivid but sparse description. . . Mr. Boyle brings experience and knowledge to his setting and characters." - ForeWord Reviews


"Tough, pithy dialogue and fast-paced action. In Brandon Blake, Boyle has created an interesting new protagonist . . . as well as prospects for another long and fine series." - Colby Magazine


"The Brandon Blake Port City series will be a classic, showing the reality of New England coast life -- a mix of myth and painful reality." –Kingdom Books

More About the Author

Like many crime novelists I began my writing career in newspapers--the best training ground ever. After Colby College, I knocked around, including stints as a roofer, a postman, and a manuscript reader at a big New York publisher (thumbs up for the roofer gig, thumbs down on the publishing job).

My first reporting job was with a weekly in the paper mill town of Rumford, Maine. It was there that I left my sweaty mark on high-school wrestling coverage. But there was lots of small-town crime in Rumford. I would later mine my Rumford time for my first novel, DEADLINE.

After a few months it was on to the daily Waterville, Maine Morning Sentinel, where editors gave me a thrice-weekly column and I wrote about stuff I saw in police stations, courtrooms, in the towns and cities of Maine.

And all the while I was making up stories on the side, typing away on a Smith-Corona electric typewriter.

DEADLINE came out in 1993and the books came steadily after that. McMorrow and I grew up together, though at different rates.. I continue to live in a small village in central Maine, making regular trips for book research. My deal with Jack: I'll send him into some pretty dangerous places, but I'll scout them out first. I walk point; Jack has my back. Brandon Blake and I are still feeling each other out.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda R. Dietrich on November 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Excellent and fun work of police mystery genre. Mr. Boyle describes accurately and colorfully the cities, coast and countryside of Maine. The reader feels as if one is traveling along with the protagonist, meeting the people (who are portrayed fully developed life size) and working away to solve the crime.

Mr. Boyle interweaves personal stories throughout the main plot which makes the story all that more interesting and explores the main character's history, present and potential future. His dialogue is amusing and carries the story along well.

I highly recommend his "Port City" series and his "Jack McMorrow" series. I have read them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michele Wehrwein Albion on February 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Having loved the Jack McMorrow series, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about Gerry Boyle's new character Brandon Blake. I had nothing to worry about. In Port City Black and White, Blake is a rookie cop with a past and a boatload of determination. You've GOT to read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up on a whim because I was nearly finished the 7 book series I'd been reading. When I got it home and perused the first few pages, next thing I knew I couldn't put it down! I ended up putting book 7 on the back burner so I could immediately find out what happened in Port City!
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Easy read, details accurate to Portland ME! Familiar with a lot of the places mentioned. Nice to see that in a novel!
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