New Book: Long Ago and Far Away 

By John Coyne 


Was this an accident or murder in Ethiopia during the dark days of the Creeping Coup?

Even four decades later, the answer still matters.

This novel–Long Ago and Far Away– opens in Westchester, New York, in 2008, and through a series of flashbacks that take place in Ethiopia, Spain, New York, Washington, and elsewhere as it returns again and again to Ethiopia, it tells the story of Parker Bishop and Irish McCann, lovers driven apart by the death of their friend and the blame they cast on each other and themselves. Their careers, marriages, families, divorces, and changes in fortune are dramatized in the novel. The main plot focuses on the present day, when the lovers circle back to find each other, and then set out to confront the man who knows the truth about what happened to their friend.

John Coyne who lived in Addis Ababa from 1962-1967 is an American novelist who know the country, people, and the U.S. Government, all who play a part in this novel. He also knows how to tell a great story. He’s done it many, many times. He does it again with Long Ago and Far Away.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Coyne is the author of more than twenty-five nonfiction and fiction books, including a number of mystery novels, while his short stories have been collected in “best of” anthologies such as Best of Alfred Hitchcock, Modern Masters of Horror and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

A graduate of Saint Louis University, he earned a masters in English at Western Michigan University, and later studied at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Haile Selassie University. He served in the Air Force in the early Sixties, and with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia from 1962 to 1967. He had also been a creative writing teacher and college dean in the SUNY system.

Coyne became one of modern horror fiction’s “brand name” writers with the publication of his first novel, The Piercing, in 1978. He followed this up with a number of other horror novels, including bestsellers such as The Legacy and Hobgoblin, before cutting back on genre writing in the mid 1980s. His fiction has been widely published in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

As a magazine writer, he has published articles in such national magazines at Travel & Leisure, Smithsonian, Glamour, Redbook, Diversion, and written for The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Today, he lives in Westchester with his wife, Judith, who is the executive editor of MORE magazine. They are parent of a son, John Kerwin.

Available now from

TITLE: Long Ago And Far Away 
AUTHOR: John Coyne 
PRICE: $ 18.00 (paperback); $9.99 (Kindle) 
PAGES: 342 
ISBN: 978-1-935925-49-1 
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