Peoria resident publishes third novel

Posted 12/30/20

ASU professor and Peoria resident Craig Mertler has released his third novel, titled “Jetport TNT.”

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Peoria resident publishes third novel


ASU professor and Peoria resident Craig Mertler has released his third novel, titled “Jetport TNT.”

With 25 years of experience as a professor of education and as an author of academic textbooks, Mr. Mertler decided to venture into the world of fiction writing in 2018. All three of his novels fall under the genre of suspense, crime fiction. His first novel, “Tequesta University,” was published in 2018 and his second, “The Last Page,” was published in 2019.

“Jetport TNT” follows the story of retired police detective Luis Tanner as he inadvertently discovers and struggles to end a decade-long crime organization, a news release states. When Tanner receives a call from a former colleague — with whom he had a torrid relationship — pleading for his help, he is extremely hesitant to offer his services. However, Everglades City Police Chief Brenda Walker convinces him that he is the only person who can break up a years-long illegal dog-fighting operation in the islands of Chokoloskee Bay.

As Tanner gains access to the organization, he begins to discover that the crimes and corruption run much deeper than just the dogs.

All of Mr. Mertler’s novels, including “Jetport TNT,” are available for purchase on, in both paperback and Kindle formats.