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Mystery Writers of America Meeting

Writers of America, Midwest Chapter

Forensic psychology

What does a forensic
psychologist do? Come meet Dr. William “Kip” Hillman, a board-certified forensic
psychologist in Chicago.

Dr. Hillman does
forensic assessments, consultations, and testimony in fitness to stand trial,
insanity, substance abuse, coerced confessions, psychological autopsies, and
risk for violence, including sexual violence. His range of experience includes
work in prisons, inpatient psychiatric hospitals—and 12 years of marriage to a

Our meeting will be at 1 PM Central Daylight Time on
Sunday, September 9 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL

And if you can't make it to the store, you can watch and
interact with us online as we'll be broadcasting the meeting over the Internet
via ustream. Go to

http colon slash slash www dot ustream dot tv slash channel
slash mwa-midwest
You'll have to watch a lame commercial for a few seconds,
but then you'll be connected to the live stream.

To ask questions of our
speaker, email

Author Discussion & Signing with Hank Phillippi Ryan

Come to Centuries & Sleuths
to meet & listen to Hank Phillippi Ryan talk about her latest
mystery-thriller, The Other Woman. Her new leading character, Jane Ryland  was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. It’s an INDIE NEXT Great read, and a starred
review from Library Journal says “Readers who crave mystery and political
intrigue will be mesmerized!”

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the investigative reporter
for Boston's NBC affiliate. A television journalist since 1975, she has won 28
Emmys and 12 Edward R. Murrow awards
for her work. Her work has resulted in new
laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of
dollars in restitution.

A best-selling author of four mystery novels, Ryan has
won the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards for her crime fiction.This series has seasoned reporter Charlotte McNally, in the cutthroat world of television journalism. 

Ryan is on the
national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America (and an instructor at
MWA-U) and will be president of national Sisters in Crime in 2013.


The Other Woman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765332578
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Forge - September 4th, 2012

Drive Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778327974
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mira - February 1st, 2010

Prime Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778327172
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mira - July 1st, 2009

Face Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778327189
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mira - August 1st, 2009

Air Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778327196
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mira - September 1st, 2009

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chronicles)

Title: Munich 1938: Appeasement and World War II

Author: David Favor

Munich, 1938: Appeasement and World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439132340
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 14th, 2010

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: Fourth Day

Author: Zoe Sharp

Fourth Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9781605982755
Availability: Special Order
Published: Pegasus Books - January 12th, 2012

G. K. Chesterton Meeting

Title: In Defense of Sanity: Short Essays by G.K. Chesterton

In Defense of Sanity: The Best Essays of G.K. Chesterton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781586174897
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ignatius Press - October 1st, 2011

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers)

Title: A Concise History of Russia

Author: Richard Pipes

A Concise History of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679745440
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - November 26th, 1996

Author Discussion and Signing with Andrew Vachss

Andrew Vachss will be returning to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7PM for three new books:

Black Jack: A Cross Novel

A Bomb Built in Hell

The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine (Michael Black ... Contributing Author and Geof Darrow--artist and creator of Shaolin Cowboy will both be on hand to sign.)

The Protector

We've rallied a platoon of crime, western, thriller, fantasy, noir, horror and transgressive authors to support PROTECT's important work: lobbying for legislation that protects children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

Protectors includes the exclusive three opening chapters to Ken Bruen's upcoming novel Spectre in the Galway Wind, plus powerful stories from George Pelecanos, Andrew Vachss, Joe R. Lansdale, Charles de Lint, Chet Williamson, James Reasoner... 


A Bomb Built in Hell: Wesley's Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307950857
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books - November 13th, 2012

Blackjack Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307949578
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage Books - July 10th, 2012

The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine, Number 1 Cover Image
By Andrew Vachss, Various (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781616550561
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dark Horse Comics - November 6th, 2012

Author Discussion & Signing with Robert Olen Butler

Title: Hot Country

Author: Robert Olen Butler

This is the author's first visit, but he comes quite the reputation as a fine writter. We will list some of his other books besides Hot Country .

Christopher Marlowe Cobb (“Kit”), the swashbuckling early 20th-century
American newspaper war correspondent, travels to Mexico in April and May
of 1914
, during that country’s civil war and the American invasion of
Vera Cruz.

But covering the war in enemy
territory and in sweltering heat isn’t enough of a challenge for Cobb.
Soon, he’s falling in love with a young Mexican laundress, Luisa, who
may not be as innocent as she seems, and he’s witnessing the
inexplicable attempted sniper assassination of a priest (miraculously,
the bullet rebounds off the cross around his neck, leaving him
unharmed). Now Cobb is also trying to track down a sniper—and figure out
why important German officials are coming into the city in the middle
of the night from ammunition ships docked in the port.

An exciting tale of intrigue and espionage, Butler’s powerful crime-fiction debut is a thriller not to be missed.


The Hot Country Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802120465
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Mysterious Press - October 2nd, 2012

Clio's Chroniclers: History Discussion Group

Title: A Concise History of Russia

Author: Richard Pipes (A Russian History Scholar)

Chronicler: Gary Lundin (The member who recommended the book and the leader of this Book Discussion)

A Concise History of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679745440
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - November 26th, 1996

Author Discussion and Signing

Val Mc Dermid returns to Centuries & Sleuths for her second visit to discuss and sign her latest mystery, Vanishing Point

The Vanishing Point Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802120526
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - October 2nd, 2012

One of the finest crime writers we have, Val McDermid’s more than two dozen heart-stopping thrillers have won her international renown and a devoted following of readers across the globe. In The Vanishing Point, she kicks off a terrifying thriller with a nightmare scenario.

A young child is brazenly snatched from the security checkpoint at a busy airport while his guardian watches from the glass inspection box, helpless to prevent the abduction. But this is no ordinary kidnapping, as this is no ordi­nary child—Jimmy’s mother was Scarlett, a reality TV star who died tragically young from cancer. Reluctant to leave the care of her child to her troubled and unreliable family, before her death Scarlett entrusted the boy to the person she believed best able to give him a happy, stable life: her ghost writer, Stephanie Harker.

As Stephanie assists the FBI in their attempt to recover the missing boy, she reveals her history with Scarlett and Jimmy, reaching into the past to uncover the motive for the abduction. Has he been taken by his own relatives? Has he been kidnapped by Stephanie’s obsessive ex-lover to teach her a lesson? Has one of Scarlett’s stalkers come back to haunt them all? Or is it simply a kidnap for ransom? The final resolution confronts Stephanie with a shocking story of murder and conspiracy, and forces her to make the most difficult choice of her life, a choice that will have long-term repercussions for everyone touched by this crime.

A powerful, grippingly plotted thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page, The Vanishing Point showcases McDermid at the height of her talent.

The Retribution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802120441
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - September 1st, 2012

Val McDermid is a world-class crime writer whose books have sold millions of copies worldwide, making her a household name. Now joining the Atlantic Monthly Press list for the first time, she arrives with a chilling, high-velocity thriller featuring her immensely popular characters, Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.

Clinical psychologist Tony Hill has had a good run. He and police detective Carol Jordan have put away scores of dangerous criminals and have a clearance rate that colleagues envy or resent. But there is one serial killer who has shaped and defined their careers, a person whose evil surpasses all others: Jacko Vance, an ex-celebrity and sociopath whose brilliance and utter lack of remorse have never left Tony’s mind in the ten years Vance has been locked up. Now Jacko has broken out of prison and, with a mind even more twisted and cunning than before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony and Carol for the years he has spent in prison. They don’t know when Jacko will strike, or where. All they know is that he will cause them to feel fear like they’ve never known.

A chilling, utterly gripping tour de force, The Retribution is the ideal introduction or reintroduction to the world of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. It is an unforgettable read.

Dead Beat: A Kate Brannigan Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781932859188
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Bywater Books - September 1st, 2006

Fever of the Bone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061986482
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - September 7th, 2010

The Grave Tattoo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312936105
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Minotaur Books - April 29th, 2008

Kick Back Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781932859195
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Bywater Books - September 1st, 2006


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