Book Discussion Group

Andrew Vachss and fellow Chicago Wolf Pack member Michael Black will Discuss & Sign Their Latest Books, "That’s How I Roll" and "The Incredible Adventures of Doc Atlas". AS ALWAYS, Mr. Vachss will sign only *new books.

*Andrew Vachss & fellow Chicago Wolf Pack member Michael Black return to discuss & sign their latest books, That's How I Roll and The Incredible Adventures of Doc Atlas. AS ALWAYS, Mr Vachss will sign only new books. There is a *reason* for this... See Also, for this event he will only sign New Books purchased at the host bookstore, Centuries & Sleuths. {NO ONE SHOULD MAKE "A SPECIAL TRIP" TO THIS EVENT UNDER THE MISINFORMED IMPRESSION THAT ANY OTHER BOOKS WILL BE SIGNED}

That's How I Roll: Andrew Vachss, the master of hard-boiled fiction, returns with a deeply revealing new novel about an assassin whose love forced him to kill his own conscience.

Esau Till’s race is almost run. After pleading guilty to a series of homicides, he sits on death row, awaiting lethal injection. And writing his life story. But his memoir is no case study in tragedy—it’s his one last chance to protect his brother, Tory, after he’s gone. And, as too many have learned, when it comes to protecting his baby brother, Esau Till is a man without boundaries.

Esau’s father was a widely feared beast who, it was commonly believed, killed his wife and used his own daughter as a substitute. In Esau’s own words, when your sister is your mother, too, you know you’re not going to come out right. Not you, not your life, not nothing.

When the genetic cards were dealt, Esau drew a genius IQ but a horribly crippled body. His brother Tory drew a “slow” mind but almost superhuman strength. Very early on, Esau learned that the only way to guarantee his baby brother’s safety was to make himself indispensable to certain people. A self-taught explosives expert, he became the top assassin for two rival local mobs. When a third mob attempted to recruit his brother, Esau took them all out, unaware that one of them was an under-cover FBI agent.

Execution looms, but no prison can hold Esau’s mind. Or his love. As the State prepares to take his life, Esau plots going all-in on the last and most deadly hand he will ever play.

The Incredible Adventure of Doc Atlas: Set in the era of the 1940s and 50s, this collection of pulp-style novellas follows the adventures of the mighty Doc Atlas and crew from the jungles of Central America to the frozen tundra of the North Pole. Whether they’re prowling the streets of Manhattan, investigating reports of a killer gorilla (with the purported brain of an executed criminal) or a crashed flying saucer in a small town named Roswell, New Mexico, Doc and company always see the investigation through to the end. Written with historical hindsight, these tales combine the best elements of the pulp era with actual historical figures and events.


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ISBN: 9780307379948
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Pantheon Books - March 20th, 2012

The Incredible Adventures of Doc Atlas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610090254
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dark Oak Mysteries - October 15th, 2011

The Weight Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307741318
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - November 1st, 2011

Another Life (Burke Series #18) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307390394
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - September 15th, 2009

Mask Market (Burke Series #16) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307454812
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - August 19th, 2008

Terminal (Burke Series #17) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307387059
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - December 2nd, 2008

Down Here: A Burke Novel (Burke Series #15) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400076116
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - April 12th, 2005

Local Author Discussion & Signing with Kathryn Atwood

Local author, Kathryn Atwood visits Centuries & Sleuths for a discussion & signing for Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance and Rescue on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 2PM. What a great way to celebrates "Women's History Month".


Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work--sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. In these pages, young readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis.

            Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.


An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile. Women Heroes of World War II is an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.

About the Author

Kathryn J. Atwood is an educator and writer. She has contributed to War, Literature, and the Arts,, Midwest Book Review, and Women’s Independent Press.

Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue (Women of Action) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556529610
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Chicago Review Press - March 1st, 2011

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Title & Topic: I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy

 Guest Author/Speaker: Lori Andrews

Lori Andrews is the director of the Institute for Science, Law, and Technology at Illinois Institute of Technology. She was named a “Newsmaker of the Year” by the American Bar Association Journal and has served as a regular advisor to the U.S. government on ethical issues regarding new technologies. Learn more at

I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451650518
Availability: Special Order
Published: Free Press - January 10th, 2012

G. K. Chesterton Society Meeting

Title: St. Francis of Assisi

Author: G. K. Chesterton

This accessible spiritual biography by a phenomenally popular author
chronicles the beloved saint's calling, order, and influence. Its charm
and wit will appeal to even the most secular-minded readers.

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ISBN: 9780486469232
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Published: Dover Publications - November 24th, 2008

G.K. Chesterton Society Meeting

Title: The ManWho Was Thursday

Author: G.K. Chesterton

A fast-paced novel about a club of anarchists in turn-of-the-century London and a poet/sleuth who infiltrates their ranks. Inventive and ingenious
story becomes a vehicle for Chesterton's brilliant social, religious,
and philosophical speculations.


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ISBN: 9780486251219
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Published: Dover Publications - July 1st, 1986


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