A former Maine newspaperman, Paul Betit is the author of three mystery-suspense novels featuring U.S. Army CID investigator John Murphy. His books include Phu Bai, Kagnew Station, and the recently published The Man in the Canal.
A native of Augusta, Maine, Betit worked as a general-assignment reporter or as a sportswriter for nearly thirty-nine years, including stints with the Kennebec Journal (1974–1985) in Augusta and the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram (1985–2013). In 1991 and 1996, he received awards from the Maine Press Association for sports feature writing. He continues to cover high school, college, and professional sports on a freelance basis.
Betit is a 1975 graduate of the University of Maine, where he earned a BA in journalism. While attending the University of Maine at Augusta on a part-time basis, he worked as an account executive for radio stations in Gardiner and Portland.
Following his graduation from Cony High School (1965) in Augusta, Betit served as an intelligence analyst for the United States Army Security Agency. He received letters of commendation for his work while serving lengthy tours in South Vietnam (1966–1967) and Ethiopia (1967–1969).
Betit lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Debbie. They have two sons. His interests include bridge, golf, reading, writing, walks with the family dog, conversing with all sorts of people about all sorts of subjects, and, most importantly, spending time with his family.