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Local author releases new crime novel

Reading at Prairie Lights Nov. 19
Author Patrick Irelan’s new novel is published by NL’s Ice Cube Press. (Leader file photo)

IOWA CITY– Acclaimed and long time Iowa City author Patrick Irelan will read at Prairie Lights Bookstore Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
Irelan’s new crime fiction novel, “The Big Drugstore,” is set in the Quad Cities alongside the Mississippi River. The novel introduces smart-talking, big-hearted, quick-witted and down-on-his-luck Private Detective Mike Scofield.
The book gets five stars from Foreword Reviews.
“Brisk pacing, sarcasm and the threat of brawls and bullets all contribute to a satisfying whodunit with a slight film-noir feel,” stated the review. “Packed with love, mystery, and wise cracking, you’ll be guessing ‘whodunit’ until the very end.”
Kirkus Review said, “This first case could put the Quad Cities on the sleuthing map, especially since a sequel is reportedly in the works.”
“The Big Drugstore” is Irelan’s first novel. He is also the author of two books of comic short stories– “Reruns” and “The Miracle Boy,”– as well as two books of family memoirs on his life growing up in the Iowa heartland, “Central Standard” and “A Firefly in the Night.”
“The Big Drugstore” was released by Midwest publisher Ice Cube Press on Oct. 11, and can be purchased through that website at www.icecubepress.com.