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Books of Local Interest: an Adirondack mystery and a fishing guide


A second installment of the “Adirondack Treasure” series has been released.

The novel “Adirondack Treasure: Isle Royale” by Matthew J. Glavin and Michael J. Dolan, published by North Country Books, Utica, features a treasure that was buried on an island in the St. Lawrence River during the French and Indian War. The island, known today as Chimney Island, was the site of a French fort and the location of the final battle of the war on what was to become American soil. The island is three miles downstream from Ogdensburg.

The story also involves Middle Eastern terrorists working with North Korea to launch a missile with an electromagnetic pulse warhead from a ship in the St. Lawrence River.

The first book in the series, “Adirondack Treasure – The Bonaparte Legacy,” was released about three years ago.

Both authors live in Cranberry Lake.

“Adirondack Treasure: Isle Royale” sells for $19.95 and is available at online bookstores.

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“Fishing the Great Lakes of New York: A Guide to Lakes Erie and Ontario, Their Tributaries and the Thousand Islands” has been released by Burford Books, Ithaca.

Its author is Spider Rybaak, Constantia, who writes an outdoor blog for Oswego County Tourism and frequently lectures on fishing in the area. He also teaches fishing classes at the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center on Wellesley Island.

Among the topics the book details are access points, best fishing seasons, tackle tips and target-tailored fishing strategies.

The book sells for $16.95 and is available at online retailers or from the publisher at

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Utica native Frank Lentricchia has released his second novel featuring former private detective Eliot Conte. The book is published by Melville House Publishing.

The Washington Post called the character “part Mike Hammer and part William S. Burroughs” after the publication of the first book in the Eliot Conte series, “The Accidental Pallbearer,” in 2012.

“The Dog Killer of Utica” is set in the author’s hometown. Eliot Conte has returned to his old love, teaching American literature, and has a new romance. But his newfound peace doesn’t last long when one of his students disappears and a string of texts and emails suggest a terror plot is underway. At the same time, the community is shaken by a series of brutal dog killings.

Mr. Lentricchia is a professor of American literature at Duke University, Durham, N.C.

“The Dog Killer of Utica” sells for $15.95 and is available at online bookstores.

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Mark D. Irwin, zoo technology program director and associate professor of biology at Jefferson Community College, shares his knowledge of animals as co-author of his first published textbook, “Zookeeping: An Introduction to the Science and Technology,” issued by University of Chicago Press.

Endorsed by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, “Zookeeping” will be used in classrooms and zoos around the world.

Dr. Irwin, who lives in Watertown, has taught at JCC since 2002. He holds a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Guelph, Ontario.

The book sells for $95 and is available at online bookstores.

Compiled by Times staff writer Chris Brock.

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