Featured: NYT Bestselling Author Archer Mayor

We were thrilled to hear that readers across the nation have finally discovered what we Vermonters have known for years: Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther series is a really good read. Tag Man, Mayor's latest mystery featuring the Brattleboro-based detective, made the New York Times Best Sellers list this week, a first for the series!

"Archer Mayor is as solid as Barre granite when it comes to producing a strong story with compelling characters," says Phoenix owner Mike DeSanto.  Mayor is an absolute treat as a writer and as a speaker, and often appears at Phoenix Books.  Want to learn more about this popular Vermont author?  Read on below, and then visit Archer's own website at www.ArcherMayor.com. You can also:

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed, Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.” He is also the 2004 winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction—the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored.

Mayor—who was brought up in the US, Canada and France—was variously employed as a scholarly editor, a researcher for TIME-LIFE Books, a political advance-man, a theater photographer, a newspaper writer/editor, a lab technician for Paris-Match Magazine in Paris, France, and a medical illustrator. In addition to writing novels and occasional articles, Mayor gives talks and workshops all around the country, including the Bread Loaf Young Writers conference in Middlebury, Vermont. In addition, Archer is a death investigator for Vermont's Chief Medical Examiner, a Deputy Sheriff for Windham County, VT, an investigator for the Windham County State’s Attorney’s office, the publisher of his own backlist, a travel writer for AAA, and he travels the Northeast giving speeches and conducting workshops. He also has 25 years experience as a volunteer firefighter/EMT.

Mayor’s critically-acclaimed series of police novels features Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont police department. The books, which have been appearing about once a year since 1988, have been published in five languages (if you count British,) and routinely gather high praise from such sources as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, and many others, often appearing on their “ten best” yearly lists. Whereas many writers base their books on only interviews and scholarly research, Mayor's novels are based on actual experience in the field. The result adds a depth, detail and veracity to his characters and their tribulations that has led the New York Times to call him “the boss man on procedures”.  His latest title is Tag Man, came out in the fall of 2011.