Sci-fi mystery novel has local flavor

Reporter’s Notebook

Cows, UFOs, and a murdered Singaporean airman all come together in a new fictional crime novel, “The Clovis Incident,” set in Clovis and published by the University of New Mexico Press.
Author Pari Noskin Taicher said she wanted to set her novel in a community near Roswell and learned about Clovis by reading an article years ago in The Albuquerque Tribune. Unknown to her, the article was actually about Aztec but by the time she discovered her mistake, Taicher had fallen in love with the small-town feel of Clovis.
“Clovis was like I was coming to an entirely different world,” Taicher said. “The New Mexico I know best is closer to Albuquerque and Santa Fe.”
While it’s different from the parts of the state she knows best, Taicher said she enjoyed her time researching the book.
“Clovis is everything that a small town should be,” she said. “I have lived in bigger cities, but there is a tremendous amount of pride in Clovis and everybody seems to still know each other.”
Taicher will be in Clovis for a book signing at 2 p.m. Saturday in B. Dalton Booksellers in North Plains Mall.
“I am really wondering how people in Clovis will react to my book,” Taicher said.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Darrell Todd Maurina. Suggested items may be mailed to editor David Stevens at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: