Delmont author publishes latest mystery, 'The Next Town Over'
Delmont author Nathan Urban dives back into the mysterious — and the murderous — in his latest novel, “The Next Town Over.”
Urban — writing under the pen name Nathan DiLeo — set his newest story in another fictional Pennsylvania locale, this time a town called Beaumont Springs on the shores of Lake Erie.
“Originally it was supposed to be a sequel to (my previous novel), but as I was writing it I sort of realized that it could stand on its own,” Urban said.
The brutal killings of two of the town's most popular citizens sends homicide detective James Donello on a quest for justice, even if it comes at the expense of his marriage and career.
Urban's degree in criminal justice and a one-time goal of becoming an FBI profiler has helped inform his writing over the years.
“I read countless books on a variety of criminals from serial killers and con artists to gangsters and terrorists,” he said while discussing his previous novel, 2017's “ Nautical Cove .”
In developing a new mystery, Urban drew on his avid reading habit.
“I try to go over all the things I've read or seen before and try to put a new spin on it,” he said. “It's tough to come up with a truly original idea these days, so instead of being inventive, I try to be innovative.”
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, email@example.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.