WESTPORT — Mystery writer Con Lehane will discuss writing mysteries and the first book of his new series, Murder at the 42nd Street Library on Wednesday, July 13, at 1 p.m. in the Westport Library’s Main Reading Room. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the program, which is free and open to the public.

The book introduces librarian and reluctant sleuth Raymond Ambler, a curious fellow who uncovers murderous secrets hidden behind the majestic façade of New York City’s landmark 42nd Street Library. The story follows Ambler and his partners in crime-solving as they track down a killer, shining a light on the dark deeds and secret relationships that are hidden deep inside the famous flagship building at the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

Lehane has been a union organizer and a college professor, and was, for more than a decade, a bartender. After spending most of his life in and around New York City, he now works as a labor journalist in Washington, D.C. He writes the Bartender Brian McNulty Mystery series, including the novels Beware the Solitary Drinker and What Goes Around Comes Around.