About Centuries & Sleuths

Our atmosphere is warm and friendly, with oak/cherry bookcases labeled with the historical era, international to local mysteries or related subjects of the books on the shelves, and comfortable seating, inviting you to browse your chosen subject.   If you're unsure where to start, our knowledgeable staff will be happy to act as your guide through fact or fiction, history or mystery, adults' or childrens' books.

Often, you can discuss your opinion about a book with other like-minded (or not) readers,or even the author who caused your joy, thoughtfulness, queries, or maybe dissent, because five different reader/writer discussion groups meet here; and we host frequent author events.

 

Author Discussion & Signing with Michael Black

Title: Executioner: Dying Art

Author: Michael A. Black

Date: March 23, 2019

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 PM

Dying Art

Two high-ranking American customs officials are murdered at a luxury Mexican resort, and the rare artifact they were investigating goes missing. Was the motive terrorism? Mack Bolan’s ultrahoned instincts say something far more sinister is at work. And when he rescues a possible witness to the crime, The Executioner also becomes a target…

Bolan’s merciless hunt for the truth pits him against a vengeful Mexican drug lord and a brilliant weapons contractor—and puts him in the crosshairs of a cutting-edge weapon designed for ultimate carnage. Now he must not only protect the witness, but two major world leaders and hundreds of innocents. And to do so, The Executioner will wreak hard-core, scorched-earth justice…one explosive showdown at a time.

 

Michael A. Black graduated from Columbia College, Chicago in 2000 with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction Writing. He previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Northern Illinois University. Despite his literary leanings, he has often said that police work has been his life. A former Army Military Policeman, he entered civilian law enforcement after his discharge, and for the past twenty-seven years has been a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago.

The author of over forty articles on subjects ranging from police work to popular fiction, he has also had over thirty short stories published in various anthologies and magazines, including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. His first novel, A Killing Frost, featuring private investigator Ron Shade, was published by Five Star in September 2002, with endorsements from such respected authors as Sara Paretsky and Andrew Vachss. The novel received universally excellent reviews, and was subsequently released in trade paperback.

Windy City Knights, the second novel in the Ron Shade series, came out in March of 2004. His third novel, The Heist, a stand-alone thriller set in Chicago, is Black’s third novel. He has also written two nonfiction books, The M1A1 Abrams Tank and Volunteering to Help Kids, which were published by Rosen Press.

He has worked in various capacities in police work including patrol supervisor, tactical squad, investigations, raid team member, and SWAT team leader. He is currently a sergeant on the Matteson, Illinois Police Department. His hobbies include weightlifting, running, and the martial arts. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. It is rumored he has five cats.

 

 

 

Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Bestselling Authors of 2018



Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's Bestselling Authors of 2018. These Bestsellers are determined by a variety of factors (e.g. Author Signings, Mystery & History Discussion Groups' choices, Special Programs, Newspaper & Magazine listings, etc,) in addition to customer & staff recommendations. 

 

Shell Game: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062435866
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - October 16th, 2018

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A Dark and Twisting Path (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #3) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425282625
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - July 31st, 2018

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The Battered Badge (Nero Wolfe Mysteries #13) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781504049108
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - April 17th, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307742483
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062441942
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - August 14th, 2018

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In the Hush of the Night: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781510729872
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Skyhorse - May 15th, 2018

Under a Dark Sky: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062560308
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 7th, 2018

Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062218308
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - February 10th, 2015

Philipp of Hesse: Unlikely Hero of the Reformation Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780758661968
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Concordia Publishing House - November 16th, 2018

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