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  • Sep 24, 2:00 PM
    Forest Park, 7419 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130, USA
    Come see and celebrate my novel, Neighborhood Watch, being put into a bookstore for the very first time! I will be doing a signing and will have books available for sale.
  • Oct 20, 7:00 PM
    Orland Park, 14921 S Ravinia Ave, Orland Park, IL 60462, USA
    I will be presenting about the writing process, how my book relates to Orland Park, and will have books on sale to sign!

The Orland Park Patch:

Orland Park Inspires Backdrop For Resident's Newest Thriller Book

Lauren Traut,Patch Staff

Posted Wed, Jul 20, 2022 at 6:19 pm CT|Updated Thu, Jul 21, 2022 at 11:49 am CT

ORLAND PARK, IL — Inspiration can strike at the strangest of times, but for Kevin Kenealy, it happened to be in all the right places.

Kenealy, an Orland Park resident and high school teacher, simply had to look around to scheme up the setting for his newest thriller book, titled "Neighborhood Watch." A member of a similar group in his own neighborhood off 143rd and 82nd Avenue in Orland Park, starting his next work was as simple as putting the proverbial pen to paper.

"What would happen underneath the surface?" Kenealy said he wondered about a tight-knit community and its intrinsic groups. "As a thriller-horror writer, I ask these questions 'what-if?'"

To read more of the story, click here. 

Left, Kenealy poses at the Chicago Ridge Library Signing on Monday, July 18. Photo courtesy of Chicago Ridge Library Adult Services Manager Alicia Jackson. 

To view Kenealy's presentation from that day, click here.