We’re pleased to welcome award-winning journalist, investigative reporter, director of the Journalism program at Stonehill College, and debut author Maureen Boyle to the Falmouth Public Library on Saturday, January 27 at 3 p.m. to speak about her new book, Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer.
Book sales and signings with Maureen Boyle will follow the event.
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Place: Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Hermann Meeting Room
No registration needed. Register on our website to receive a reminder email.
Maureen Boyle is an award winning journalist and has been a crime reporter in New England for more than 25 years, including at the Standard-Times of New Bedford during the serial murder case about which she wrote. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Bridgeport and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. She is now director of the Journalism Program at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. This is her first book.
Reviews & Interviews
WBUR interviews Maureen about her new book. [listen to the story]
“Riveting. Heartbreaking. Authentic. This impeccably researched chronicle of a terrifying chapter in history will keep you turning pages as fast as you can. Important, powerful, and compelling, this is true crime at the highest level.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan
“Chronicles the killings and their aftermath with a novelist’s power and perceptiveness. A compelling work of narrative nonfiction. . . . A great read.” – Irene Virag, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and journalism professor at Stony Brook University
“First-rate reporting. . . . It takes a master storyteller to weave facts into a work of art that makes readers both think and feel. Boyle has succeeded. Highly recommended.” – Tom Hallman Jr., Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Sam: The Boy Behind the Mask
“Boyle expertly captures a terrifying time in a compelling and entertaining narrative. . . . Nearly impossible to put down.” – Tim White, co-author of The Last Good Heist
“The definitive examination of a case that continues to grip a troubled region. . . . Irresistible.” – Chris Gonsalves, author of Haunted Love
Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer
Eleven women went missing over the spring and summer of 1988 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, an old fishing port known as the Whaling City, where Moby Dick, Frederick Douglass, textile mills, and heroin-dealing represent just a few of the many threads in the community’s diverse fabric. In her book, investigative reporter Maureen Boyle tells the story of a case that has haunted New England for thirty years. Maureen first broke the story in 1988 and stayed with it for decades. She spins a riveting narrative about the crimes, the victims, the hunt for the killers, and the search for justice, all played out against the backdrop of an increasingly impoverished community beset by drugs and crime. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews, along with police reports, first-person accounts, and field reporting both during the killings and more recently, Shallow Graves brings the reader behind the scenes of the investigation, onto the streets of the city, and into the homes of the families still hoping for answers.