Native Roman author due
at mystery book discussion

Jervis Public Library’s "Mystery á la Carte" Book Group discusses Darkness All Around by Rome native Doug Magee.

The author will be joining in the discussion Thursday, June 14 from noon until 2 p.m. in the library’s accessible auditorium.

Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or a snack to enjoy during the free book discussion.

In addition, at 6:30 p.m. on June 14, Magee will return to the library to talk about his experiences as a writer, getting published, and growing up in Rome. He’ll also read some passages from his books and there will be copies available for purchase.

Anyone wishing to participate in book discussions is encouraged to visit the library, call the Information Desk at 336-4570 or go to to reserve copies of the featured titles.

Library officials provided this information about the book from

"When there’s "Darkness All Around" . . . some memories are best forgotten. Within the span of one harrowing week, Risa’s alcoholic husband, Sean, disappears, and her best friend, Carol, is brutally murdered. Eleven years later, Risa has seemingly put her life back together again, comforted by the love of her new husband, who is a local politician, and the knowledge that Carol’s killer has been convicted. But then just as suddenly as he disappeared, Sean resurfaces — sober, plagued by horrific recollections of Carol’s murder, and convinced he was the real killer. Sean’s startling claim buzzes through the small, football-crazy Pennsylvania community, and Risa is left to wonder if the man she still loves actually committed the grisly murder. Her growing belief in his innocence sends her on a treacherous search for the truth: a search that reveals ugly secrets that her new husband and the town’s law enforcement community are hiding. Emboldened by her discoveries, Risa convinces Sean to flee as the town’s violent forces move in to keep the truth from coming to light. But Risa doesn’t realize that her attempts to get vindication for Sean may come at a very high price. Part murder mystery, part love story, Darkness All Around is a gripping exploration of the depths of the criminal mind, the fine line between the truth and a lie, and the bravery of the human heart."

Jervis officials proved this information about the author from "Doug Magee is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker living in New York’s East Harlem. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Union Theological Seminary. He has had a decidedly checkered career. Doug worked as a freelance photojournalist for a number of years and was published in many major magazines and newspapers, including a New York Times front page photo of violence in Portugal. He is the author of Slow Coming Dark, a book of interviews with death row inmates, and What Murder Leaves Behind, profiles of families of murder victims. In addition, he has written three children’s books.

"His films include the HBO movie Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture and the Showtime movie Beyond the Call.

"He is married to Mary Hedahl, the director of development at Human Rights First," and he has three sons.

Email book club comments or suggestions to Lisa Kinna at

Coming in July, Very Bad Men by another native Roman, Harry Dolan.