Thursday, May 21, 2009

Local Author Spotlight: Dennis Tafoya

Bucks County, Pennsylvania has a rich literary history that only continues to expand as a number of talented local authors share their voices with the world. We want to help spread the word on these fantastic local writers, so we're excited to announce a new blog feature: the Local Author Spotlight.

Every so often, we'll take an opportunity to introduce you to some of our favorite local talent. And since he'll be joining us for a signing this Saturday (more on that in a bit!), we thought we'd begin with none other than Dennis Tafoya!

Hailed as "an important new voice in crime fiction," Dennis Tafoya lives in Doylestown, PA, and his first novel, Dope Thief, is a gripping mystery/thriller set in our very own Bucks County.

"Ray and Manny, flashing bogus badges and wearing DEA windbreakers purchased at a 'flea market in Jersey,' take down small drug dealers in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It’s easy and lucrative, but they know it can’t last: 'Everyone was high. Everyone was stupid. Everyone had guns.' Reality, in the form of New England bikers trying to muscle into the Philadelphia–New Jersey drug trade, rears its head quickly, and Ray and Manny are on the run. But that’s only half of this fine first novel. An abusive, criminal father and a number of jail stints beginning in high school seem to have doomed Ray to relive his father’s sordid life, but Ray is a bright man looking for a shot at redemption. When it comes, redemption is both unlikely and interesting. Tafoya is off to a promising start: Ray and a number of other characters are quirky and engaging. The locale of Bucks County, which ranges from city gritty to bucolic beauty, works well. The plotting is solid, and the action has a hard, violent edge that recalls Richard Price." ~ Thomas Gaughan, Booklist

To learn more about Tafoya, visit his Web site at Better yet, come meet him this weekend at Farley's, where he will be joining us to sign copies of Dope Thief!

Farley's Bookshop
44 S. Main Street
New Hope, PA

Saturday, May 23rd
from 1-4 p.m.

And, if you buy your copy of Dope Thief during the signing, you'll save 10% off the cover price! Hope to see you there!!

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