Newly Released Legal Thriller Dramatizes the Plight of Those Wrongly Accused of Domestic Violence

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In his debut legal thriller, The Reform Artists, author Jon Reisfeld portrays modern-day family law court as a morally bankrupt institution, where injustice reigns supreme under the thin veneer of strict adherence to legal procedure. The book, inspired by real-life events, tells the story of a man, wrongly accused of domestic violence, and the mysterious, underground, group that comes to his aid.

"This is absolutely a book you will not be able to put down. An enjoyable read!" -- Maria Beltran, reviewer, Readers' Favorite

Author Jon Reisfeld has a lot to say about what’s wrong with America’s family law courts. But for now, he says he's content to let his new novel, The Reform Artists, do most of the talking.

The Reform Artists, which is now on sale at, is a fast-paced, legal-suspense, spy thriller that tells the story of Martin Silkwood, a successful CPA and father of two, who gets blindsided by domestic violence charges in the run up to his divorce. Martin has only a week in which to prove he’s been wrongly accused. If he fails, he could lose everything.

The Reform Artists portrays modern-day family law court as a morally bankrupt institution where injustice reigns supreme under the thin veneer of strict adherence to legal procedure. It is in that environment that the reform artists, a mysterious, underground network of social reformers, contacts Martin and offers its help.

The Reform Artists has received positive early reviews, including one favorably comparing it to the writing of acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, John Grisham. Maria Beltran, of Readers’ Favorite, called The Reform Artists “…An excellent legal thriller,” [that] … delivers and escalates at an exciting pace. This is absolutely a book you will not be able to put down. An enjoyable read!”

D. Donovan, senior reviewer for the Midwest Book Review, referred to the book as, “a superior, complex read … especially recommended for fans of Grisham who seek courtroom drama paired with intrigue and cemented by emotional connections throughout.”

Reisfeld says The Reform Artists depicts events that have become all-too-common occurences in today's family law courts. “To be charged with something as heinous as domestic abuse is an appalling experience under any circumstances,” he says. “But what makes it all the more unfair and painful for those targeted civilly is the way the courts routinely trample over their rights. These individuals lose their civil liberties and due-process protections precisely when they need them the most.”

Today, Reisfeld advocates for reforms that would help eliminate high-conflict divorce and its associated tactics. He says he hopes his novel, which is the first book in a planned series about the reform artists, will not only entertain readers, but educate them regarding much-needed court and societal reforms.

“The tactical use of domestic violence charges in cases ultimately heading for divorce court has reached epidemic proportions,” Reisfeld explains. “Studies suggest that at least half of the estimated two-to-three million temporary protective orders issued, annually, in the U.S., may be based on false or frivolous charges. That’s a lot of injustice.”

The Reform Artists, published by Hot Gates Press, will initially go on sale strictly in Ebook format, but Reisfeld says, other formats and retailers will soon follow. Readers who wish to order copies can purchase them at Sneak previews of the book’s first 50 pages also are available for download online at:

About the Author: Jon Reisfeld is a former journalist, marketing consultant and co-founder of a New England-based writer’s retreat. When he isn’t writing, Jon provides book coaching and editorial services for authors. He is available for interviews, media appearances, book signings, public speaking engagements and other events. Groups interested in booking him for a speaking engagement may contact him at:

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