Author bio

Javier Avila


“Professor in Ruins”


Bethlehem, PA


Javier Ávila’s distinguished career began in the Caribbean, where he taught English at the University of Puerto Rico for eight years. He moved to Pennsylvania and became a beloved educator at Northampton Community College. His extraordinary work with students earned him the 2015 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year Award sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.   In addition to his accomplishments in academia, Ávila is a renowned poet and novelist whose literary excellence propelled him to international recognition.

About "Professor in Ruin"

Javiar Avila delivers a brutally accurate portrait of a serial killer in his new thriller, The Professor in Ruins. The novel depicts the life of a psychotic college professor who leads a dangerous double life, an insatiable police detective on his trail, and a young woman who could very well be the professor’s next victim.  Fast-paced, gripping, and packed with suspense from start to finish, The Professor in Ruins sheds light on the dark side of academia and the sinister mind of a murdered who vows revenge on being born and sees like “as something that should never have been”. In the novel, the concept of trust takes on a disturbing meaning as innocence and malice collide in a chaotic clash of passion, hope, cruelty, and deception. This chilling character study illustrates the effects of abandonment, apathy and evil on a brilliant yet unstable human being.