Kieran Shields, ’96, pens second mystery novel set in Portland

Jan. 15, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – University of Maine School of Law alumnus Kieran Shields, ’96, is back on the fiction shelves in 2013 with another Victorian-era mystery novel, “A Study in Revenge.”

The book, which is the second in Shields’ Archie Lean series, follows the 2012 publication of his first novel, “The Truth of All Things.” Archie Lean is a Portland, Maine, police detective in the 1890s, and the novels present a strong sense of the city and surrounding areas at the time, with precise historical details.

Shields, a native of Portland, graduated from Dartmouth College and Maine Law. He lives in Maine with his wife and two children. He will read from “A Study in Revenge” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the USM Portland Bookstore. Here is a summary of the book, provided by Crown Publishing:

“In 1893, a trail of ashen footprints leads Deputy Archie Lean to the body of a murdered thief. The man’s exposed flesh has been horribly burned and occult symbols mark the nearby walls. Most troubling of all is what Lean witnessed two days earlier: this same man being lowered into his grave without a burn mark on him. Once again, the Portland, Maine, police deputy must turn to the brilliant criminalist Perceval Grey for help."

“Grey, a half-Abenaki Indian detective, faces problems of his own after agreeing to an elderly tycoon’s death-bed plea to find his long-lost granddaughter. The dying man’s family is less interested in the missing heiress than with the recent theft of an obscure heirloom carved with curious symbols. As the family’s shadowy history is revealed, the three mysteries intersect to draw Lean and Grey into a maze of murder, deceit, and revenge. Each deadly new clue points toward an even greater puzzle—one that will pit Grey against a devious murderer in a race to unlock an ancient and mysterious power.”


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