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Celebrating its independence in specialty bookselling for almost 30 years, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's atmosphere is warm and friendly, with oak/cherry bookcases, shelves clearly labeled with the historical era / topic, mystery, or related subjects of their books, and comfortable seating, inviting you to browse your chosen subject(s). You won't "get lost in the stacks", but you can definitely get lost in the books.

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Authors Discussion & Signing with Lori Rader-Day & Tracy Clark

Titles: The Lucky One & Broken Places

Authors: Lori Rader-Day & Tracy Clark

Date: February 29, 2020

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 PM

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Description

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This might well be my favorite Rader-Day so far: a brilliant premise intriguingly developed, totally believable characters and a climax that took my breath away.”  — Ann Cleeves, New York Times bestselling author of The Shetland and Vera Series  

From the author of the Edgar Award®-nominated Under A Dark Sky comes an unforgettable, chilling novel about a young woman who recognizes the man who kidnapped her as a child, setting off a search for justice, and into danger.

Most people who go missing are never found. But Alice was the lucky one...

As a child, Alice was stolen from her backyard in a tiny Indiana community, but against the odds, her policeman father tracked her down within twenty-four hours and rescued her from harm. In the aftermath of the crime, her family decided to move to Chicago and close the door on that horrible day.

Yet Alice hasn’t forgotten. She devotes her spare time volunteering for a website called The Doe Pages scrolling through pages upon pages of unidentified people, searching for clues that could help reunite families with their missing loved ones. When a face appears on Alice’s screen that she recognizes, she’s stunned to realize it’s the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. The post is deleted as quickly as it appeared, leaving Alice with more questions than answers.

Embarking on a search for the truth, she enlists the help of friends from The Doe Pages to connect the dots and find her kidnapper before he hurts someone else. Then Alice crosses paths with Merrily Cruz, another woman who’s been hunting for answers of her own. Together, they begin to unravel a dark, painful web of lies that will change what they thought they knew—and could cost them everything.

Twisting and compulsively readable, The Lucky One explores the lies we tell ourselves to feel safe.

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About the Author


Lori Rader-Day is the author of Under a Dark SkyThe Day I DiedLittle Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. Lori lives in Chicago.

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Description


Cops can make mistakes, even when they’re not rookies. If anyone knows that it’s Cass Raines.
 
Cass took a bullet two years ago after an incompetent colleague screwed up a tense confrontation with an armed suspect. Deeply traumatized, Cass resigned from the Chicago PD, leaving one less female African-American on the force. Now she’s the head of a one-woman private investigation agency, taking on just enough work to pay the bills. But when the only father figure she’s ever known, Father Ray Heaton, asks her to look into a recent spate of vandalism at his church, she readily agrees to handle it.
 
Only hours later Cass is horrified to discover Father Ray’s murdered body in the church confessional, a dead gangbanger sprawled out nearby. She knew Pop, as she called him, had ticked off plenty of people, from slumlords to politicians, with his uncompromising defense of the downtrodden. But a late-night random theft doesn’t seem like much of a motive at a cash-strapped parish. The lead detective assigned to the case is all too eager to dismiss it as a burglary gone awry, just another statistic in a violent city. But Cass’s instincts tell her otherwise, and badge or no badge, she intends to see justice done . . .
 
 

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About the Author


Tracy Clark is the author of the highly acclaimed Chicago Mystery Series featuring ex-homicide cop turned PI Cassandra Raines, a hard-driving, African-American protagonist who works the mean streets of the Windy City dodging cops, cons, killers, and thugs. She received Anthony Award, Lefty Award and Shamus Award nominations for her series debut, Broken Places, which was also shortlisted for the American Library Association’s RUSA Reading List, named a CrimeReads Best New PI Book of 2018, a Midwest Connections Pick, and a Library Journal Best Books of the Year. In addition to her Cass Raines novels, Tracy’s short story “For Services Rendered,” appears in the anthology Shades of Black:Crime and Mystery Stories by African‑American Authors. A native of Chicago, she works as an editor in the newspaper industry and roots for the Cubs, Sox, Bulls, Bears, and Blackhawks equally. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, PI Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a Mystery Writers of America Midwest board member. Find Tracy on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @tracypc6161, or visit her online at TracyClarkBooks.com.

 

 

 

 

The Lucky One: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062938077
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 18th, 2020

Broken Places (A Chicago Mystery #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781496714886
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Published: Kensington - April 30th, 2019

Author Discussion & Signing with Dr. Moira Dolan M.D.

Author: Dr. Moira Dolan, M.D.

Title: Boneheads & Brainiacs

Date: March 14, 2020

Day: Saturday

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Descripton:


Even the greatest minds in medicine have been terribly, terribly wrong.

The inventor of the lobotomy won a Nobel prize in medicine for destroying his patients' brains. Another Nobel laureate thought malaria cured syphilis. The discoverer of anaphylactic shock also researched the spirit world and ESP. A pioneer of organ transplants was an ardent eugenicist, while the founder of sports physiology heroically spoke out against Nazism.

Boneheads and Brainiacs profiles the winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine from 1901 to 1950--a surprisingly diverse group of racists, cranks, and opportunists, as well as heroes, geniuses, and selfless benefactors of humanity. Forget all the ivory tower stereotypes of white-coated doctors finding miracle cures. Boneheads and Brainiacs reveals the messy human reality behind medical progress, in a highly entertaining book written for the ordinary reader.

Some were bad scientists; others were great scientists and lousy human beings. But the majority of these researchers produced knowledge that now saves millions of lives--priceless discoveries like the role of vitamins in nutrition, the dangers of radiation, treatments for diabetes and deadly infectious diseases, and more. Boneheads and Brainiacs showcases the enthralling, all-too-human personal lives that made modern medicine possible.

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About the Author:

Moira Dolan, MD, is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Medicine and has been a practicing physician for over thirty years. Dr. Dolan is a patient advocate and public speaker who educates patients on their rights and the need for a healthy skepticism of the medical profession. She is a contributor to the blog SmartMEDinfo and the author of three previous books: No-Nonsense Guide to Antibiotics, Dangers, Benefits & Proper Use; No-Nonsense Guide to Cholesterol Medications, Informed Consent and Statin Drugs; and No-Nonsense Guide to Psychiatric Drugs, Including Mental Effects of Common Non-Psych Medications. Dr. Dolan maintains a private medical practice in Austin, Texas. For more information on Boneheads and Brainiacs 

 

 

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781610353502
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Published: Quill Driver Books - March 10th, 2020

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
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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
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062441942
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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: Backordered
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
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Published: Ecco - February 10th, 2015

Philipp of Hesse: Unlikely Hero of the Reformation Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780758661968
Availability: Special Order
Published: Concordia Publishing House - November 16th, 2018

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