Southborough resident Steve Ulfelder needed some grit in his first novel, a detective story set in Massachusetts, and one of the places he found it is downtown Framingham.
Purgatory Chasm is being released this week and has several key scenes that take place downtown, including Salvation Army AA meetings and the nearby railroad tracks. His main character is named Conway Sax, perhaps in reference to our village of Saxonville?
The title refers to Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton, where a murder takes place that Sax sets out to solve. In the process Sax makes his way through some places that locals will easily recognize.
Ulfelder will be signing copies of his book on May 14 at Tatnuck Bookseller & Sons in Westborough. Maybe an appearance in Framingham could be next?