A Pendleton, Ky., author will present a book talk Tuesday at the Trimble County Public Library in Bedford.

John Henry Hoffman, a syndicated columnist and radio talk show host, published his first book, "Lockport Blues," which is based on the fictional character Kentucky Sheriff Jace Sterling. Hoffman plans to continue the Jace Sterling series with other novels. Although this is Hoffman's first full-length novel, he has written award-winning short stories including "Ghost of the Tracks" and "The Sawmill Hollow Buck," a press release said.

"Lockport Blues" chronicles the investigations of Sheriff Jace Sterling and FBI agent Dee O'Brian while they piece together clues to solve a case with links that span decades, the press release said.

When a series of tragic murders that occurred in 1958 appears to be repeating with uncanny similarity in 1978, Sterling and O'Brian find themselves caught in the crossfire of events that are unraveling the fiber of a small rural community. The book follows the duo from the wooded valleys of central Kentucky to the halls of power in Washington, D.C., and London, England, to the waterfront warehouses of Palermo, Italy. The pair also becomes engulfed in a whirlwind of deception and intrigue as an old and ruthless Mafia enemy resurfaces. And there will be retribution written in blood before a final justice can be measured out, the press release said.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Hoffman lives in rural Kentucky with his wife, Terry. When not writing, he enjoys fishing and bird hunting with his Weimaraner, the press release said.

The book talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Trimble County Public Library, 35 Equity Drive, Bedford.