Allan Leverone of Londonderry

LONDONDERRY — Allan Leverone's debut novel, "Final Vector," takes the reader on a high-suspense thrill ride set in Boston, New Hampshire and the nation's capital.

The Londonderry author has been an air traffic controller at Boston's Logan Airport for 20 years. He said he thought he wanted to be a newspaper journalist when he attended the University of Notre Dame, but changed directions after his freshman year and majored in business administration, a degree he never put to use.

"Although I had never set foot in an airplane, I was hired by the Federal Aviation Administration and began training as an air traffic controller," said Leverone, 51.

He worked in Providence, R.I., and Bangor, Maine, as a controller before going to Logan. He has lived in Londonderry since 1990 with his wife, three children, granddaughter and "a cat who has used up eight lives."

"When I was a young boy, I devoured the Hardy Boys mystery series and then Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, which I couldn't get enough of," Leverone said. "Then, in my teens, I discovered a guy writing horror up in Maine named Stephen King. He was a tremendous influence both in my reading and writing."

Leverone was also influenced by crime writers Lawrence Block, Donald Westlake and Bill Pronzini.

"Final Vector" draws on concerns regarding the safety of air travel in a post-Sept. 11 world to tell the story of Nick Jensen, an air traffic controller drawn into a plot to assassinate the president of the United States when his wife stumbles onto evidence of potential treason and is brutally murdered following that discovery.

The novel was released Feb. 11 by Medallion Press. Leverone has just signed a contract with Delirium Books to contribute a title to their collectible horror novella series. "Darkness Falls" will be available in limited hardcover release, as well as all e-book formats in September.

Leverone is a three-time Derringer Award finalist for excellence in short mystery fiction, as well as a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee. For more information, visit allanleverone.com.

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