chesek o'rourke 1Authors Tom Chesek and John O’Rourke at River Road Books Thursday. (Click to enlarge)

chesek o'rourke 2A busy summer of author appearances at River Road Books in Fair Haven continues with a Thursday program entitled Heroes and Villains of Asbury Park.

The 7 p.m. event at Monmouth County’s only remaining independent bookstore brings together two Jersey-bred authors for a discussion of some truly unforgettable characters who made their mark – whether good, bad or bloody – upon that famous place Where the City Meets the Sea.

Featured are longtime redbankgreen contributor Tom Chesek, whose Legendary Locals of Asbury Park offers up a people-powered history of All Things Asbury as viewed through the fingerprints of its most classic characters, rather than the footprints of its landmark buildings and institutions.

He’ll be joined by former New Jersey State Police Trooper John E. O’Rourke, whose true-crime narrative The Jersey Shore Thrill Killer examines the 1980s manhunt and violent legacy of Asbury Park-based serial killer Richard Biegenwald.

Then on June 17, the nearby Nauvoo Grill Club is the setting as the American Littoral Society partners with the River Road team in welcoming bestselling novelist Robert Kurson in the exclusive Garden State appearance keyed to his new book Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship, about which more to come here on redbankgreen.