BENNINGTON >> Archer Mayor's latest book "Presumption of Guilt" releases Sept. 27, and one of Archer's first stops on his promotion tour will be Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver Street for a reading and discussion. The Bennington Bookshop will sell books and provide refreshments as co-sponsors of the program.

"The Company She Kept" is the 27th book in the Joe Gunther series: A 40-year-old skeleton is found encased in a concrete slab at a recently decommissioned nuclear energy site. But what seems the coldest of cold cases roars back to life when one of the central figures in this mystery is shot to death, right after speaking with Gunther. After all these many years, the truth behind the murder still has to the power to kill, and it's up to Gunther and his team to capture the living and finally put the dead to rest.

Archer Mayor has written 27 bestselling Joe Gunther novels. Over the past 30 years, he has worked variously (or continues to work) as a firefighter/EMT, a police office, and a death investigator for Vermont's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A Yale graduate, scholar, editor, researcher, photographer, Mayor has also worked as a political advance man, and a medical illustrator. He is a winner of the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. The New York Times calls Archer Mayor "The boss man on procedures," and "Mayor's Joe Gunther novels are among the best cop stories being written today," according to Booklist.

For more information about this event, please call 802-442-5059, or visit the events page at the bookshop website: