Casey Sherman: Helltown

Monday, July 18, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

No registration required.

Join us as we welcome author Casey Sherman to the bookshop to talk about his upcoming book Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod on Monday July 18th at 6:30pm. Sherman will sign copies of the book after his presentation. Copies will be for sale at the event. Attendees may also preorder the book (on sale Tuesday July 12th, 2022). If you can't make it in person, you can order a signed copy to be picked up at the shop or shipped to you.

The event will be held outside under our event tent behind the bookshop. The shop will be open for browsing before the event. In the case of rain, the event will primarily be a meet & greet and a signing inside the shop, due to lack of indoor space. Either way you'll get the opportunity to connect with the author!


Before Charles Manson, there was Tony Costa—the serial killer of Cape Cod

1969: The hippie scene is vibrant in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Long-haired teenagers roam the streets, strumming guitars and preaching about peace and love... and Tony Costa is at the center of it all. To a certain group of smitten young women, he is known as Sire—the leader of their counter-culture movement, the charming man who speaks eloquently and hands out hallucinogenic drugs like candy. But beneath his benign persona lies a twisted and uncontrollable rage that threatens to break loose at any moment. Tony Costa is the most dangerous man on Cape Cod, and no one who crosses his path is safe.

When young women begin to disappear, Costa's natural charisma and good looks initially protect him from suspicion. But as the bodies are discovered, the police close in on him as the key suspect. Meanwhile, local writers Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer are locked in a desperate race to secure their legacies as great literary icons—and they both set their sights on Tony Costa and the drug-soaked hippie culture that he embodies as their next promising subject, launching independent investigations that stoke the competitive fires between two of the greatest American writers.

Immersive, unflinching, and shocking, Helltown is a landmark true crime narrative that transports us back to the turbulent late 1960s, reveals the secrets of a notorious serial killer, and unspools the threads connecting Costa, Vonnegut, and Mailer in the seaside city that played host to horrors unlike any ever seen before. New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman has crafted a stunner.


CASEY SHERMAN is an American author, journalist, and screenwriter. Several of his books have been made into major motion pictures or are in development.

Event address: 
Titcomb's Bookshop
432 Route 6A
East Sandwich, MA 02537
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ISBN: 9781728245959
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Published: Sourcebooks - July 12th, 2022