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George Harrar


George Harrar

George Harrar is a fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in a dozen literary magazines, including the 1999 edition of BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES for "The 5:22". His novels include THE WONDER KID (Houghton Mifflin, 2006); THE SPINNING MAN, a philosophical mystery (Putnam, 2003); NOT AS CRAZY AS I SEEM (Houghton Mifflin, 2003); THE TROUBLE WITH JEREMY CHANCE (Milkweed Editions, 2003); PARENTS WANTED (Milkweed Editions, 2001); and FIRST TIGER (The Permanent Press, 1999). He is represented by Esmond Harmsworth of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, Boston.

Harrar grew up in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and graduated from New York University. He worked as a journalist for many years, writing and editing on several newpapers and magazines. He lives now in Wayland, Massachusetts, with his wife, Linda, a documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on PBS, Discovery, and Turner channels. They have one son, Anthony.

George Harrar

Books by George Harrar

by George Harrar - Mystery, Thriller
Red Paint calls itself "the friendliest town in Maine," a place where everyone knows one another and nothing too disturbing ever happens. Native son Simon Howe is a sturdy family man --- a good father and husband --- and owner-editor of the town's newspaper. Because there's rarely any real news, he runs stories about Virgin Mary sightings, high school reunions, and petty criminals.

One day Simon's predictable and peaceful life is disrupted by the arrival of an anonymous postcard, the first in a series of increasingly menacing messages. He tries to ignore them, but the implied danger becomes more real, threatening to engulf his wife and son as well. The Howe family becomes engaged in a full-scale psychological battle with their unidentified stalker --- without even knowing it. Secrets from Simon's past are uncovered, escalating toward a tense and unexpected climax.

More than a conventional mystery or thriller, REUNION AT RED PAINT BAY is an exploration of the consequences of guilt, denial, and moral absolutism. Harrar weaves a dramatic and suspenseful tale sure to spur readers into examining the limits of responsibility for one's actions.