Skip to main content

New Book Connects a Bizarre Murder to Energy Efficient Construction

FALMOUTH, Mass, June 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Building science and air quality expert Paul H. Raymer is launching his latest novel, Second Law. (Salty Air Publishing, on sale July 18, 2022). The novel uniquely combines the science of buildings with a mysterious and gruesome murder.

For the past two years, circumstances have trapped millions of us inside our homes, subjecting us to the toxic soup that makes up the air that we breathe. Unrecognized hazards fill this familiar environment. Mr. Raymer converts these hazards into weapons in his novel.

In 1984, JON MEGQUIRE, the protagonist of Second Law, returns to Cape Cod to attend a conference to widen his knowledge of this growing field of science while seeking his true path in life. But the bizarre murder of his conference roommate interrupts that quest.

According to Mr. Raymer, "In 1984, the science of home construction was undisciplined thinking. People knew how to put roofs, walls, and floors together to keep the weather out. But there was little understanding of the house as a system. The fan in the bathroom was there to get rid of the odors, not to expel indoor air pollutants and viruses. An insulation material, like expandable foam, was in its infancy. Training was limited and the lack of understanding led to house fires and other disasters."

Jon's search for an understanding of science, love, construction, and the law holds together the disparate elements of Second Law. Once the murder is discovered, pressure builds with the fear of an unidentified murderer, and Jon has only three days to figure it all out.

"Nature is very patient," Raymer says. "It is difficult to control and use as a weapon aimed at a single individual. But our quest for saving energy has created a massive market for energy saving products and a rush to satisfy it. That's how mistakes get made." Beginning in the late 1970s with the Arab Oil Embargo and the rationing of fuel, a need for a clearer understanding led to conferences on solar energy and building efficiency. Solar energy became the "Energy of the Future". Cape Cod was the perfect environment to attract attendees who could see a lucrative future, enriching themselves on the need.

We will celebrate the launch of Second Law on Saturday, June 18th at the Station Grill, 59 Depot Avenue, in Falmouth, Massachusetts at 2pm, and the novel will be available on-line and at fine bookstores.

Second Law: 978-0-9906781-7-5, www.paulhraymer.com/second-law

About the Author:
Paul H. Raymer has been working with the science of homes and buildings for over forty years. He researches indoor air quality for the EPA and teaches people how homes work and how they can be made more comfortable, energy efficient, and safe. Paul brings his knowledge and enthusiasm about homes to Second Law, which is his third published novel.

For a review copy of Second Law or an interview with the author, please contact him via email at paul@paulhraymer.com. When requesting a review copy, please provide your street address. More information about him and his writing can be found at his author website https://www.paulhraymer.com/

Images: Second Law - Cape Cod and Paul H. Raymer (PRNewsfoto/Paul H. Raymer)

TOP Pageant News Now

23 Contestants Vying for Miss & Teen South Dakota USA 2023 Crowns, Coronation June Sun, 11th

Miss North Dakota USA 2023 Prelim June 10th and Coronation June 11th at Watertown

Vote Your Favorite in 46 Miss Miss Grand International Italy 2023 Contestants

Hannah Utic is CROWNED Miss Alaska 2023
Lynciemae Adams is CROWNED Miss Alaska's Teen 2023
Ritassya Wellgreat is CROWNED Miss Grand Indonesia 2023 & Miss Mega Bintang Indonesia 2023

46 Contestants at Miss Illinois 2023 Pageant, Finals Teen June 9th and Miss 10th

Miss International UK 2023 on June 10th at The Village Hotel Warrington with 57 Contestants

Miss Arkansas Offers 8 Event Tickets to This Five Days June 6-7-8-9-10th, 2023 Teen Final: Friday, June 9th, 2023 at 7pm and Miss Final: Saturday, June 10th, 2023 at 6:30pm with Coronation Broadcast: KARK / Ch. 4 Jun 10

35 Contestants Vying for Miss North Dakota Pageant 2023 Edition, Miss & Teen Finals June 10th at Williston

Join In-person Miss Iowa and Miss Iowa’s Teen 2023 Finals This Saturday June 10th with 29 Contestants

16 Miss Kansas 2023 Contestants Vying for Miss America 2024 Stage, Prelim June 9th and Final June 10th at Pratt

Miss New Mexico 2023 Pageant on June 10th at Alamogordo with 15 Miss & Teen Contestants

15 Contestants Vying for Miss District of Columbia 2023 Crown, Final This Saturday June 10th

47 Contestants Vying Miss Utah 2023 Crown at Final on June 10th at Salt Lake City

Now LIVE Watch The Prelim Miss Mega Bintang Indonesia 2023 Anywhere Around The World: Final on June 8th

Get Set Go for Miss Grand Brasil 2023 on June 10th at Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort, Iguazú Falls, Miss Grand International Isabella Menin will personally crown her successor!!!

38 Local Queens Vying Miss Mississippi 2023 Crown at Vicksburg Grand Finale June 10th

Miss Teen Universal 2023 Week June 6-11th Begins in Lima, Coronation June 10th

2023 Miss Alaska and Miss Alaska's Teen Pageant on June 8th at WWA

25 Delegates Competing for Two Crown at Miss Nebraska 2023 Pageant Final June 10th: Check Results

Nevaeh Harmon is CROWNED Miss West Virginia USA 2023 
Lakyn Campbell is CRWONED Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2023 
Bianca Wright is CRWONED Miss New Mexico USA 2023 
Asia Rose Simpson is CRWONED Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2023

Melissa Bottema is CROWNED Miss Grand Netherlands 2023 
Park Ji-young is CRWONED Miss Grand Korea 2023

Now LIVE Miss Grand Netherlands 2023 on June 4th: Check Results

Star Dahl-Thurston is CROWNED Miss Hawaii 2023 
Miranda O’Bryan is CROWNED Miss South Dakota 2023 
Alexis Fagan-Williams is CROWNED Miss Michigan USA 2023 
Avery Hill is CROWNED Miss Michigan Teen USA 2023 
Valeria Restrepo Salazar is CRWONED Miss Grand Colombia en Europa 2023 
Selene Bublitz is NAMED Miss Earth Argentina 2023 
Steffensen, O’Bryan Win Preliminary Awards at Miss South Dakota Competition 
Tong Kanika is CROWNED Miss Culture Global 2023

Check Results Top 16 Semifinalists: Port Huron Once Again To Host Michigan State's 66 USA Pageant Aspirants  
Check Results of Grand Finale Today: Voting Available to Support The Favorite in 33 Michigan Teens To Finals and Semifinals

Lauryn Trader is CROWNED Miss Hawaii's Teen 2023   
Neveah Kee is CROWNED Miss South Dakota's Teen 2023

Check Prelim Results: 21 Contestants Vying Miss Hawaii 2023 Crown The Road To Miss America 2024    
Miss Hawaii's Teen 2023 Final on June 2nd at Hotel Ala Moana Honolulu by Mantra: Check Final Results

Result: Prelim June 1st-2nd and Finals on June 3rd with 20 Miss South Dakota 2023 Contestant in Brookings    
Check Final Results: 16 Miss South Dakota's Teen 2023 Contestants Vying for Chance to Miss America's Teen 2024 Stage

Endi Demneri is CROWNED Miss Universe Albania 2023      
Arbesa Rrahmani is CROWNED Miss Universe Kosovo 2023      
24 Miss Universe Albania & Kosova 2023 Contestants for 2 Crowns, Semifinal May 25th, Final Jane 1st

19 Miss West Virginia USA Contestants Vying State Crown To Miss USA 2023 Stage       
Voting LIVE to Support 12 Contestants Vying for Miss West Virginia USA Teen 2023 Crown

The Fan Favorite Winner to Get Top 6 Placement to one of 26 Miss New Mexico USA 2023 Contestants         
NMSU Center For The Arts To Host 22 Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2023 Contestants

Candace Kanavel is CROWNED Miss Arizona USA 2023          
Peyton Stuewe is CROWNED Miss Arizona Teen USA 2023

Check 91 Contestants Vying for 71ST Miss World 2023 Crown at Dubai, UAE in May 2023

Mrs. Universe Jamaica 2023 this July 8th, Apply Now Registrations Open

32 Miss Polski Contestants Vying for National Crown The Road to International Stages

Regional Dates Here, Apply for Miss Grand International Italy 2023

Miss Universe Bahamas 2023 Registration Closes: Contestants Announcement Soon

Confirmed: 33 Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2023 Contestants will vie the crown in San Juan

Haiti will compete at Miss Universe 2023 in El Salvador this December, Registrations open May 15th

23 Contestants Vying for Miss Ecuador 2023 Crown: Sash on May 22 and Grand finale July 1st

Final Casting May 20th: Miss Universe Chile 2023 Grand Finale Aug 13, Free LIVE Stream

Miss New York USA 2023 Dates are August 4th – 6th, 2023, Online Pageant Application Opens

Miss Lesotho 2023 Final on Sep 2nd, Get Early Bird Tickets, Vote for Top 10 Now Live

The Lottery Sets Competition Order for 11 Miss Connecticut 2023 Contestants

Registration: here for Miss Canada Perfect 2023 Friday, April 14 - Sunday, April 16 2023

National Casting Opens for Miss Universe El Salvador 2023 Pageant, Contact for Interview                    
Apply for Miss Teen Colombia 2023 Pageant Online, Details Here

Pageants List Event Detail, Tickets, People's Choice Vote Online and LIVE Streams-> June 2023 | May 2023 | July 2023 | August 2023 |