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Author Kevin Egan reads in New London and Mystic

Published August 22. 2013 4:00AM   Updated August 22. 2013 4:51PM

What a great premise!

When a judge dies in the New York County Courthouse, members of his staff keep their jobs until the end of that calendar year. But when Hizzoner Alvin Canter quietly expires in his office on New Year's Eve, it means his loyal clerk and secretary will be out of a job in a few short hours.

With both in dire financial straits, the pair decides to hide the death until New Year's Day and thereby guarantee another 12 months of salary and benefits. It seems a relatively easy concept, but it turns out a variety of unpleasant citizens, each with a separate agenda, will go to extraordinary lengths to keep this from happening - and the judge's employees have no idea of the conspiracy they've stumbled into.

Such is the set-up for Kevin Egan's new thriller, "Midnight," just out from Forge Books. Egan will read and sign copies of "Midnight" on Friday at Monte Cristo Bookshop in New London, and on Saturday in Mystic's Bank Square Books.


Author Kevin Egan, 7 p.m., Friday, Monte Cristo Bookshop, Green Street, New London, (860) 608-5902, www.montecristobookshop.com; 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Bank Square Books, 53 West Main St., Mystic; (860) 536-3795, banksquarebooks.com.

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