Carbondale native Leo A. Murray will return to his hometown to conduct a sale/signing of his novel “Blackballed!” on Saturday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Manhattan Manor, 8 Salem Ave., Carbondale.


Carbondale native Leo A. Murray will return to his hometown to conduct a sale/signing of his novel “Blackballed!” on Saturday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Manhattan Manor, 8 Salem Ave., Carbondale.
Murray’s novel is a murder mystery set in Lackawanna County. Blackballed! Is tale of murder, deceit, treachery, a multi-million dollar federal funds scandal and the revelation of a rich family’s decades old dark secret.
Blackballed! Is a story that plays out to the backdrop of a team of scrappy Little League All-Stars led by a handicapped 12-year-old on a quest to overcome a long-standing jinx in the opening round of the Little League World Series tournament.
“This book offers an exciting investigative story,” Murray explained, “about something that is actually happening nowadays, a tale of corruption and that of a rotten criminal justice system that’s eating up a nation’s bureaucracy which is vividly depicted by characters presented in the story including those of corrupt government officials and victims of circumstances crying for justice.”
The author is a graduate of the former Benjamin Franklin High School and worked for several area newspapers, including the Carbondale Review, the Carbondale Miner and the Scranton Times. He has also worked as a political consultant on major campaigns in Pennsylvania and was an insurance investigator before retirement.
“I am thrilled to be returning to my native Carbondale for this event,” Murray said. “I am especially grateful to the Wallis family for allowing me to do my sale and signing at their fabulous new restaurant.”
A portion of each book sold by the author during this special event will go to the Greater Carbondale Area Y.M.C.A., a place where Murray spent many, many hours while growing up in the Pioneer City.