Maureen Boyle was on the crime beat at the New Bedford Standard-Times in the late eighties, when the city was plagued with poverty and drug-related violence. There was also a serial killer preying on the city’s sex workers. Eleven women disappeared in the spring and summer of 1988, their bodies later found buried along stretches of 195 and Route 140, victims of strangling or something worse. There were two primary suspects: one was a deputy sheriff and the other served at a Catholic church. They’re both dead now, the murders still unsolved. Shallow Graves is Boyle’s first book.