There are seven vices and seven virtues. Though we may have wrath and greed, we may also have patience and charity. Cleveland author Richard Montanari touches on vice and virtue in “The Buried Girl,” his new psychological thriller.

The two main characters are Will Hardy, a New York psychologist and academic with a wife and daughter, and Ivy Holgrave, chief of police in a fictional Ohio town called Abbeville. Ivy’s sister disappeared as a child, and Ivy has been trying for many years to discover what became of Delia. Now the body of a teenage girl has been found, and Ivy must investigate the gruesome crime.

Will has been separated from his wife, but signs are favorable for a reconciliation. He has been working with a juvenile offender with an intriguing history of foster care and misdemeanors. This seemingly simple association has catastrophic consequences, leaving Will’s wife dead and their daughter, Detta, traumatized and uncommunicative.

A call from an Ohio lawyer lets Will know that he has inherited Godwin Hall, an 1860s estate with a huge house and grounds. If Will agrees to keep the property and run it as an inn or bed-and-breakfast, he’ll be the new owner. Will sees a new start for him and Detta, though she is indifferent.

When Ivy continues to look into the murder, and learns that the new owner of Godwin Hall has consulted with New York police, she talks to Will about the bizarre elements of the crime scene. Together they talk to suspects and witnesses. Delia begins to find her way in her new surroundings.

By the description, Abbeville, Ohio, might be around Chardon or Burton. “The Buried Girl” is dark and atmospheric, like some of Montanari’s early Cleveland-set thrillers like “The Violet Hour.” He also writes Philadelphia-set Byrne-Balzano detective series; the publisher says nothing about a new series, but Will and Ivy make a terrific team.

“The Buried Girl” (480 pages, softcover) costs $11.99 from Harper Collins.

 

'Public Enemy'

Creepy Karpis liked Cleveland. So did a lot of other gangsters. In “The Hunt for the Last Public Enemy in Northeastern Ohio: Alvin 'Creepy' Karpis and His Road to Alcatraz,” Julie A. Thompson covers the story of one of the most intelligent and devious criminals of the 1930s.

Alvin Karpis was born in Montreal, but moved with his family to Kansas when he was a child. He was a criminal by his teens, serving in — and escaping from — the Kansas State Reformatory. According to Thompson, Karpis was one of only five men ever designated “Public Enemy No. 1.”

Karpis befriended Fred Barker while both were in the penitentiary, and after he was released, he joined the Barker gang in 1931. They committed bank robberies, kidnappings and 14 murders. “Often, Karpis remarked that Cleveland was a good city for criminals,” Thompson relates. Political corruption allowed the crooks to get away with murder as well as racketeering and other crimes. It was in Garrettsville that the gang pulled off the last real train robbery in America.

Thompson studies the contemporary formation of the FBI and the reputation of J. Edgar Hoover and his G-Men, and their pursuit and capture of Karpis. He served longer than any inmate in the history of Alcatraz Island.

“The Hunt for the Last Public Enemy in Northeastern Ohio” (208 pages, softcover) costs $21.99 from History Press. Julie A. Thompson is an alumna of Hiram College.

 

Events

Barnes & Noble (198 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake): Amanda Bibbo joins Storytime with her picture book “Why Am I Here? An Oak Tree Finds Her Purpose,” 11 a.m. Sunday; Phyllis Goldsby signs “Beating the Odds,” 2 p.m. Saturday.

Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights): Kim Langley signs her inspirational poetry collection “Send My Roots Rain,” and Laura Grace Weldon reads from “Blackbird: Poems,” 1 p.m. Sunday.

Barnes & Noble (28801 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere): Anne Boudreau signs “A Human Mosaic: Heal, Renew, & Develop Self-Worth!,” 1 p.m. Sunday; Jimmy Trine signs “Love, Loss, and Survival: A Tribute to My Girl Samantha,” 2 p.m. Saturday.

Akron-Summit County Public Library (Richfield branch, 3761 S. Grant St.): Beacon Journal copy editor Mark J. Price, author of “Lost Akron,” presents “This Place, This Time,” a look at Summit County history, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (Warrensville Heights branch, 4415 Northfield Road): Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney (“Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America”) brings her children’s books to observe the 50th anniversary of the awards, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Register at 216-464-5280.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (Middleburg Heights branch, 16699 Bagley Road): Mary Kay Andrews talks about “Sunset Beach,” about a woman who may have discovered corruption in her father’s law office, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Register at 440-234-3600.

Mustard Seed Market & Café (6025 Kruse Road, Solon): Wade Rouse, who writes as Viola Shipman, discusses “The Summer Cottage,” in which a woman restores a family home, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Register at 440-248-8777.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (Olmsted Falls branch, 8100 Mapleway Drive): Scott Longert signs “Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years,” 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Register at 440-235-1150.

Akronym Brewing (58 E. Market St.): Tim Carroll signs “World War II Akron,” 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma branch, 6996 Powers Blvd.): Jennifer Chiaverini (“Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker”) signs “Resistance Women,” a fact-based story about a group of intellectuals who risk their lives in 1940s Germany, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday; Wade Rouse signs “The Summer Cottage,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Register at 440-885-5362.

Hudson Library & Historical Society (96 Library St.): Robert Matzen (“Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe”) talks about “Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II” and Hepburn’s life under Nazi occupation and work in the Dutch resistance, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Register at 330-653-6658.

Visible Voice Books (2258 Professor Ave., Cleveland): Kylie Logan signs her Cleveland-set mystery “The Scent of Murder,” featured in the May 5 column, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Acme Fresh Market (1835 W. Market St., Akron): Tim Carroll signs “World War II Akron,” noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

 

Send information about books of local interest to Lynne Sherwin, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309 or lsherwin@thebeaconjournal.com. Event notices should be sent at least two weeks in advance.