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Local author to sign copies of crime novel

Denton artist and writer Jack Pettie talk about his crime novel, Ruins of a Rose, and sign copies of the book from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

The novel is inspired in part by a spate of disappearances of young women in Denton since the 1970s, specifically the case of young single mother Kelli Cox, who vanished in 1997.

Pettie will also perform a song of the same title, written with Thad Bonduris, a Denton guitarist and music teacher. Bonduris recorded the song as a duet with Denton accordion player Ginny Mac, who plays in Brave Combo.

Painter Anna Rose Bain will exhibit Rose Among Wolves, an oil painting inspired by the song, during the signing.

The piece will eventually be auctioned, and proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to Darkness to Light, an organization that works to end childhood sexual abuse. A percentage from the book and record sales will also go toward the South Carolina-based organization.

— Staff report