Men in My Town

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Posted in Men in My Town by Keith Smith on April 22, 2009

(Linden, NJ) 
Men In My Town is a powerful story of a young boy’s trauma of being sexually abused and the scars that have remained with him to this day. It combines a vivid sense of memory, unique observational skills about life in Rhode Island in the 1970’s and an all consuming urge to survive in the midst of great fear. Keith’s story is a painful representation of what it is like to be sexually abused and how the forces of revenge expressed in violence can emerge from a shaken community. It takes a great deal of strength and courage for anyone to publicly share what is like to be sexually abused at a young age. Keith exhibits both qualities in a literary manner that draws you in immediately at the start of his book. Once you’re reading the book you won’t be able to put it down until you are at the last page. It feels like you have left this world and have been placed right next to Keith as he describes an almost unspeakable journey filled with horror,emotional trauma and violence. What emerges in the end is what President Kennedy once wrote about. Profiles in Courage. Keith’s story is a profile of courage. It is not too often that you get to encounter such bravery in a book. This is your opportunity to do so. Buy the book.

(Staten Island, NY)
Men in My Town is an intense and emotional story. The power of the story is in its message. By sharing his story, we get a glimpse into Mr. Smith’s life and how he handled the storms in his life with the help of a few men who he knew he could count on. The book will make you think about what’s important in life; it will challenge you to look at people in a different light. The book will pull dozens of emotions from you. I recommend this book to every person, no matter, age, gender, race, religion, personal interests or circumstances. The story is entertaining and inspirational.

(Freehold, NJ)
“Men in My Town” grabs you right from the start and does not let go. Mr. Smith does a fantastic job of bringing the reader in, his storytelling paints a picture that is raw, stark, vivid and unforgettable. From his horrific ordeal to each characterization of the men in his town you are made part of the story. You can feel Smith’s anxiety and fear and the anger of the men for what has happened to “one of their own” but their love for Smith and their sense of protecting the community is what drives them to do what many would consider unthinkable. This is a story that as Mr. Smith says “had to be told” I am glad that he did. I too remember a time when your neighbors were your friends and everyone looked after each other sadly for the most part that no longer exists. I dare you to put this book down after starting, I for one could not.

(Jacksonville, FL)
Men in My Town is a story that needed to be told; it is a story of a boy’s courage to face his accuser and live to see justice. It will be an inspiration to others who have been abused and need to take action against their abuser. It is a well-written and quick read, but one that you think about days later.

(Los Angeles, CA)
Men in my Town is a gripping story of a young boys life suddenly changed one night and how some men bring justice for him. I found it hard to put down and had to finish it to see what happened.

(Princeton, NJ)
Men in My Town is a bold and fresh story of the complex relationship between a half-dozen men and how their lives, choices, and actions play a part in a 34 year old unsolved murder. It’s an insider’s glimpse into the street hustle hiding in the peaceful suburbs of Providence, Rhode Island complete with gamblers, bookies, car thieves, petty criminals, organized crime, hard-working honest men and a murderer or two. Smith creates beautiful shades of gray in a black and white world of right and wrong and introduces you to a time and place where people blindly look the other way when the end justifies the means.

(Baltimore, MD)
This book is a captivating story from start to finish. It illuminates the horrible reality of child-male sexual assault – a topic that MUST be brought to the forefront of public discussion. Smith is courageous, talented and inspiring. A must read for all those concerned with child welfare, Rhode Island…and every other aspect of this fantastic story.

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An Introduction to Men in My Town

Posted in Men in My Town by Keith Smith on March 4, 2009

I recently finished writing Men In My Town, a novel based on the true life story of the abduction, beating and rape of a 14 year old boy and the unsolved murder of his rapist.  The story is set in the boy’s suburban hometown of Lincoln, Rhode Island where he was raped in 1974 and the gritty city of Providence where his rapist was brutally beaten to death in 1975.       

It’s a true story of someone getting away with murder.

This fact based crime novel focuses on the boy’s relationship with several men in his hometown, men who are important to the boy, men who look out for him, men that protect him, good men who occasionally do bad things. 

There’s Uncle Mike, a powerful and well-connected bookie, tied to the boy through a family relationship spanning three generations. 

There’s Kevin, a fulltime tow truck driver and part time car thief who handles “special situations” for Uncle Mike. 

We meet Bobby, a perpetually unemployed gambler who loves to bet the ponies at Lincoln Downs, living high when he wins and living scared when he loses. 

We’re introduced to Dennis, a tailor and volunteer fireman, who is as comfortable with a handgun strapped to his inner left ankle as he is with a fireman’s Scott Air Pack strapped to his back. 

We learn the rapist is a serial pedophile, owns an adult bookstore, was recently convicted on federal charges of distributing obscene materials, did time in prison and never wants to go back. 

We learn the recidivist child molester is being watched by the Feds, by his business partners and by men from Lincoln, including one who spoke 15 words that sparked 30 years of silence.

Why did I write Men In My Town? Because no other author could deliver more insight, passion and understanding of this boy’s experience and his relationship with the men who are his protectors. I can say this because Men In My Town is my personal story, a story told from my heart, about the emotion, fear, guilt and horror I experienced, and the silence I’ve maintained since I was abducted, beaten and raped on that dark, cold winter night in 1974. 


Keith Smith, author of Men in My Town, is a Stranger Abduction Sexual Assault Survivor and a Keynote Speaker on issues of child safety. He’s available as a speaker for conferences, seminars and fundraising events benefiting non-profit organizations, government agencies, companies and professional associations dedicated to helping children who have been sexually abused. 

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