Live Author Event - Bruce Borgos ("Shades of Mercy: A Porter Beck Mystery")

  • Posted on: 1 April 2024
  • By: TanyaMills

Headshot of author Bruce Borgos


Cover of Bruce Borgos's "Shades of Mercy"  

        Publishers Weekly quote about Shades of Mercy

In the usually quiet high desert of Nevada, Sheriff Porter Beck faces one of his greatest challenges--a series of unlikely, disturbing and increasingly deadly events of unknown origins.

Porter Beck is the sheriff in the high desert of Nevada, doing the same lawman's job his father once did now that he's returned home after decades away. With his twelve person department, they cover a large area that is usually very quiet, but not of late. One childhood friend is the latest to succumb to a new wave of particularly strong illegal opioids, another childhood friend--now an enormously successful rancher--is targeted by a military drone, hacked and commandeered by an unknown source. The hacker is apparently local--local enough to call out Beck by name--and that means they are Beck's problem.

Beck's investigation leads him to Mercy Vaughn, the one known hacker in the area. The problem is that she's a teenager, locked up with no computer access at the secure juvenile detention center. But there's something about Mercy that doesn't sit quite right with Beck. But when Mercy disappears, Beck understands that she's in danger and time is running out for all of them.


EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION LINK HERE (Scheduled to go live on July 4th at 7 pm)


Praise for "The Bitter Past" (the first book in the series):

"A crisp jolt of cask-strength, 100-proof writing." - Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire Mysteries

"A thrilling and assured debut." - Chris Holm, author of the Collector trilogy and the Michael Hendricks thrillers

"The Western thriller book canon expands to Nevada--with a touch of 'The Americans' . . . Borgos' debut may be called 'The Bitter Past,' but with strong plotting, explorations of little-known history and a complicated protagonist, this series' future seems especially sweet. Here's hoping future adventures of Sheriff Beck and his posse continue expanding our knowledge of this previously unsung corner of the West." - Paula L. Woods, The L.A. Times



Bruce Borgos is the author of The Porter Beck Mystery Series and two other novels. He lives in the Mohave Desert with Pam, his wife of 40 years, and their golden retriever, Charlie Blue Horse. He has a lifelong obsession with words and stories and a fascination with how anyone can prefer white wine over red. Visit his website for more information on his books and wine recommendations.



Event date: 
Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
94 West Tabernacle Street
St. George, UT 84770-4087
Shades of Mercy: A Porter Beck Mystery By Bruce Borgos Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250848093
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Minotaur Books - July 16th, 2024