MOUNT VERNON — Robin Yocum, the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of novels set in the Ohio River Valley, will appear at Paragraphs Book Store on July 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Yocum will discuss his latest novel, A Perfect Shot, which is set in the eastern Ohio village of Mingo Junction.
Yocum continues his pattern of setting his Seventh Street mysteries in the Ohio Valley. “A Brilliant Death” was set in his hometown of Brilliant and “A Welcome Murder” was set in Steubenville.
Publishers Weekly gave “A Perfect Shot” a starred review and said, “Outstanding … Yocum has crafted a harrowing yet touching story about friendship, loyalty, and doing what is right no matter the cost.”
Booklist called it “wonderfully readable … Alternately touching, violent and deadpan funny.”
The action in A Perfect Shot begins in the fall of 1993. Nicholas “Duke” Ducheski is the most important man in Mingo Junction. Nearly two decades after he made the winning shot in the state championship basketball game, he remains much adored and the focal point of community pride. Hardly a day passes when someone doesn’t want to talk about “the game.” Now approaching 40, Duke no longer wants to be defined solely by something he did when he was 18. So he decides to parlay his local popularity into a successful restaurant — Duke’s Place.
Then, he disappears.
The story of the events leading up to Duke’s disappearance is told by Duke’s cousin, Mitch Malone. Readers of Yocum’s books will remember Malone as the narrator of A Brilliant Death. He returns in A Perfect Shot as the editor of the fictional Ohio Valley Morning Journal.
“The Ohio Valley provides a great backdrop for my novels,” Yocum said. “I try to capture a time and place when the mills were still thriving and the local high schools were an important part of the landscape.”