Port Henry author pens book

PORT HENRY - The mining industry came to an end in Moriah when Republic Steel ceased operations in 1972.

The lore of those days remains, however.

Jeff Kelly of Port Henry has published a new novel, Tailings, his fourth book set along Lake Champlain.

The first three were a trilogy - The 21 Mine, Adirondack Heist and Stuck on Twelve.

This latest adventure novel takes readers up to the present day; a modern story of survival with different characters.

The main character in Tailings, Striker Malone, is determined to make a living, to succeed in the tough environs of Porter's Mills. Striker's sanctuary is the Black Rock Tavern where he meets and befriends the questionable Joey Rook, besets the quirky Savanna Danforth and bonds with the bartender Loretta Stanley. Through it all, a clan of Long Coats are waiting in the wilds along with the mysterious white nose syndrome.

Distributed by North Country Books, Tailings is available at the Sherman Free Library and the Moriah Pharmacy in Port Henry, at the Hammond Library, Gunnison Orchard Gift Shop and Citgo in Crown Point and at the Black Watch Memorial Library, Sugar & Spice and Rite Aid in Ticonderoga.

It is also available at Kinney Drugs and the Farmacy in Elizabethtown and at Ernie's Market and Everybody's Market in Westport.

In the 1970s Kelly built his own home in the woods near Elizabethtown with a chain saw. He became a reporter for Denton Publications' Valley News and the Plattsburgh Press Republican before becoming the editor of Adirondack Life magazine from 1984 to 1988.

He and his wife, the artist Linda Smyth, now live in Port Henry.

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