Press Release: New York Writer – Playwright Gaffigan’s First Mystery Novel Published, Posthumously

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Vermont Journal, Ludlow, VT. Oct. 17, 2013

 Press Release: New York Writer – Playwright Gaffigan’s First Mystery Novel Published, Posthumously

LUDLOW, VT. – The late writer and playwright, James Gaffigan, always had a dream of writing and publishing a book and although he wrote four manuscripts during his life, he never got the opportunity to have them published. However, that dream is now becoming reality as his widow, Irene Gaffigan, a local Realtor with the Bean Group, is making sure his manuscripts are to see the light of day and become published novels.

Photo courtesy of Irene Gaffigan

Born in New York City in 1939, Mr. Gaffigan grew up in Douglaston Queens, was a graduate of St. Johns University and lived on Charles Street in Greenwich Village, where he launched The Charles Street Newsletter. Jim also wrote a play titled The Jar (Jury Assembly Room), produced and directed by his sister, Cathrine Gaffigan. After moving to Edison, New Jersey for a time, Jim taught English at a few of the local colleges before retiring to Vermont, where he lived in the resort town of Ludlow the last decade of his life.

The first of Gaffigan’s four manuscripts to be published is titled Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a psychological mystery-thriller based on Long Island, New York and in Echo Pass, Colorado, a half-built resort community that is soon-to-become a ghost town if not saved from the clutches of deceit, greed and bankruptcy. The novel is edited by Joe Milliken, a Vermont-based freelance writer and editor, budding novelist and friend of the Gaffigans.

Published by The Troy Bookmakers and set to be released on November 1, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea will be available locally at the Book Nook in Ludlow, Vermont and Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

The novel will also be available in print at Amazon, Market Block Books, The Book Loft and The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza. E-book distribution through will include iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, Sony, Kobo, Copia, Gardeners, Baker & Taylor and eBookPie. The book will also be available through a soon-to-be-launched web site,, as well as a Facebook page dedicated to Mr. Gaffigan’s writing.