Glib terms for accident victims ("crispy critter," "floater") get to Hayes. "Lately, I've been feeling the toll my forensic work has been taking on me. I still love it, but sometimes I find it surprisingly hard to navigate emotionally."

Although two more books featuring Edward Jenner are in the works, there's one crime genre this Englishman will never explore: the kind that's set in a quaint English village and stars a cat detective. "Not unless I have a stroke. And I have two cats. Not unless someone convinces me that I have to write a children's book. P.J. Mittens, Forensic Pathologist."

JONATHAN HAYESBack Pages Books, 289 Moody St, Waltham | April 28 @ 7 pm | 781.209.0631.

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