Twenty years of living in Wilton made quite the impression on author Dorothy Hayes, who has recently released a second mystery novel with our small town at its core.Broken Window, named after the controversial policing strategy, is set in New York City in 1984 and focuses on three Wilton High School graduates\u2019 first time in the city alone.Hayes will discuss her book at Wilton Library on Monday, June 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. The novel was published by Mainly Mystery Press in March.An author who draws on historical realities for inspiration, the setting of Broken Windows was especially important to Hayes.\u201cIn 1984, New York was a city in crisis,\u201d she said at Wilton Library on Friday morning. \u201cThere was an economic decline. There were 10,000 fewer cops on the streets. There were subway muggings [to the point that] the talk show hosts would ask, \u2018so, when was the last time you go mugged?\u2019\u201cThat was the city.\u201dIn the novel, three Wilton girls venture into crime-riddled New York City to visit NYU, where one of the girls will be attending college. On the first subway ride of the trip, two of the girls make it off the train, but the last is nowhere to be seen.\u201cHer parents have no confidence in the NYPD,\u201d so they enlist the help of a Wilton-based investigative reporter and her husband, a detective, the author says.\u201cThey become obsessed,\u201d Hayes says. \u201cThey can\u2019t believe what this beautiful, young, innocent girl might be going through.\u201dThroughout the novel, Hayes keeps social commentary in mind, focusing themes on the tragedies associated with human trafficking, a problem that continues today.\u201cThe hallmark of my books is that they are believable, because they are framed with the social and economic statuses of the day,\u201d she said.A longtime writer, Hayes was once a staff writer with The Wilton Bulletin and Norwalk Hour newspapers, but novels were always her passion.\u201cI was always going to be a novelist. That was my goal when I started writing for newspapers,\u201d she said. \u201cI knew an author like Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a newspaper person, so I wanted to learn the craft.\u201dEven as a young child, she was the dedicated recorder of her and her siblings\u2019 lives.\u201cWhen I was a kid, if anything momentous happened, I was the one who had to write it down and tell everybody,\u201d she said, smiling.Hayes\u2019s previous novel, Murder at the P&Z, also features Wilton as a main driver, and contains some of the same characters.Though the positive response of her readers is a benefit of writing novels, Hayes says she still enjoys writing for writings sake.\u201cA good day for me is when I don\u2019t have anything to do but write,\u201d she says. \u201cWhen the process is to wake up and go right to it, because I\u2019m fresh. It just flows.\u201dFor information about her talk or to register: wiltonlibrary.org, 203-762-3850.