Publisher’s Weekly recently announced the books that made their list of “Best Indies of 2016,” and one local author made the list. Michael Harkin’s independently published book, “Move to Fire,” was one of nine other indie nonfiction books that were honored by Publisher’s Weekly, giving him one of the magazine’s coveted starred reviews.

“Move to Fire” tells the story of Brandon Maxfield, a Willits native who was shot and paralyzed at seven years old by a defective handgun, and his Bay Area based attorney Richard Ruggeri, a man who made it his mission to hold the manufacturer responsible in the accidental shooting.

“Harkins crafts a taut legal drama reminiscent of Jonathan Harr’s A Civil Action in this story of a heroic lawyer’s quest for justice for the victim of a defective firearm,” Publisher’s Weekly said about the book.

Sadly, Brandon Maxfield passed away this past November. You can read the Press Democrat story on him here.

To learn more about “Move to Fire,” by Michael Harkins and where you can get a copy, go to You can also see the Publisher’s Weekly list of last year’s Best Indies by clicking here.

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