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Published on October 31, 2017 1:30PM

Ron Lovell

Ron Lovell

Oregon Coast author Ron Lovell will give a sneak peak at his latest installment of mystery and mayhem this Friday, Nov. 3, when he reads from his new novel, “Danger by the Sea,” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

The book is the newest entry in Lovell’s Lorenzo Madrid series and will feature some familiar characters in a host of new and perilous predicaments.

After several years of running from drug gang members intent on killing him, plus dealing with a shady movie producer and a faded but demanding movie star, Lorenzo Madrid needs a change of pace.

But after setting up a law practice in the Oregon college town of Corvallis, he finds new kinds of trouble. First, there is Maxine March, an old flame of his close friend Thomas Martindale. She needs help in adopting a young orphan boy she brought to the US from Ecuador, a story told in “Murder Times Two.” She leaves the boy with a reluctant Lorenzo and gets in big trouble when she returns to that country and is thrown in jail for kidnapping.

The other case involves a local politician who gets committed to a mental hospital by his evil step-mother who wants to gain control of a timber company. After a harrowing visit to the mental hospital, Lorenzo agrees to take the case. The step-mother has other ideas and Lorenzo starts experiencing life-threatening incidents. All the while, he is growing fond of Maxine’s little boy, Tito. When Tito’s life is threatened, Lorenzo works out a plan to save them both, a plan that ultimately puts them both in even greater danger — by the sea at the Heceta Head Lighthouse.

Lovell, a former magazine writer, taught journalism at Oregon State University for 24 years. He is the author of the Thomas Martindale Mysteries in addition to his Madrid books.

The reading will run from 6 to 7 pm at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101.

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