What begins with a bizarre murder – a cross-dressing local’s body found in his house, mutilated and decomposing, with a cryptic bible passage scrawled in blood on the refrigerator – becomes one man’s hunt for the truth in a seemingly bucolic, New Jersey shore town’s hidden maze of lies, hatred, lust and death.

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the Hopewell Public Library will be hosting a book signing and reading with Hopewell Borough’s own Thomas Reeder.

Poetic Justice, a piece of “cinematic prose” that harkens back to the glory days of hard-boiled detective stories, is film historian and writer Thomas Reeder’s first work of fiction.

image3aTom grew up outside Philadelphia, glued to the TV watching late night B movies, Shock Theater, and any silent film that would occasionally surface. A lifelong love of all things cinematic led to a BFA in Film at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and an MA in Cinema Studies at New York University. Tom has written numerous articles for film and genealogical periodicals, as well as a biography of film producer Ben Pivar, STOP YELLIN’, published in 2011. His biography of silent comedy pioneer Henry “Pathé” Lehrman is scheduled for publication in 2016. Tom lives in Hopewell Borough with his family.

Hopewell Public Library Book Reading – 7:00pm on October 7th, at the Hopewell Train Station – Free and open to the public.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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