Author John R. Swift
The Boulder Junction Public Library invites you to a book talk with local author, John R. Swift, on Wednesday, June 27 at 2:00 pm at the Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park Street.
Swift has released the latest book in his "Sheriff Gogebic" crime series: "Yellow Boy." A missing person’s case is magnified when old related cases suggest that a serial killer has been stalking young girls in Steelville, Wisconsin, and transporting them across state lines into Michigan, creating jurisdictional problems for Sheriff Gogebic. The FBI, which has no such jurisdictional problems, is brought in, but they bring problems of their own. The Michigan County D.A. is running for re-election and the serial killer is aware of the benefits of setting these forces against each other. Can Sheriff Gogebic sort his way through this maze and bring a serial killer to justice?
The title of Swift’s latest book in the Sheriff Gogebic Series comes from the colloquial mining term describing the result from combining acid mine drainage (“AMD”) with surface water. The yellow color comes from an iron hydroxide precipitate which is not healthy for fish. Northern Wisconsin and the U.P. have several abandoned mines, some of which contain AMD and sulfuric acid (which dissolves everything in its path except low reactive metals like silver, gold and platinum), and these mines provide convenient storage for victims of serial killers, should there happen to be any of those lurking nearby, and, in Sheriff Gogebic’s world, evil is always lurking nearby.
Swift, raised in the Adirondacks, is the author of seven books: six novels and one non-fiction. His last four novels, the Sheriff Gogebic series, are set in a fictional county in northern Wisconsin.
He holds undergraduate degrees or certificates from Syracuse and Roosevelt; post-graduate degrees or certificates from Rutgers and the University of Chicago (MBA and Basic Program in the Classics). He studied creative writing at The University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin’s School of Arts. In 1997, Swift retired as Senior Vice-President following a thirty–year career in Commercial Banking at The First National Bank of Chicago and LaSalle National Bank.
Swift is also an occasional columnist for the University of Wisconsin’s Division of Continuing Studies Writing Program newsletter, Extra Innings. He lives with his wife of fifty-five years, in Arizona and Mercer, Wisconsin.