Author Event

Author Discussion & Signing with Karen Abbott

Title: The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America 

Author: Karen Abbott*

Date: October 25, 2019

Day: Friday

Time: 7:00 PM

*Also, Abbott is not only having her signing at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, but she is returning Saturday at 11:00 AM to occupy Centuries & Sleuths coffin as the Forest Park Flapper for the Forest Park's Chamber of Commerce's Casket Race. If you have seen Ms. Abbott you know she will be one of the best looking Forest Park Flappers to attend this Forest Park tradition.

Description


The epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multi-millionaire. The press calls him "King of the Bootleggers," writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new cars for the women. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. 

Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt's bosses at the Justice Department hired her right out of law school, assuming she'd pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they maintain with Remus. Eager to prove them wrong, she dispatches her best investigator, Franklin Dodge, to look into his empire. It's a decision with deadly consequences. With the fledgling FBI on the case, Remus is quickly imprisoned for violating the Volstead Act. Her husband behind bars, Imogene begins an affair with Dodge. Together, they plot to ruin Remus, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government--and that can only end in murder. 

Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, The Ghosts of Eden Park is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive.

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About the Author


Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second CityAmerican Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor.. She has written for newyorker.com, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington PostSmithsonian MagazineSalon and other publications. Her next book, The Ghosts of Eden Park, will be published by Crown on August 6.  A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City.

 

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780451498625
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Published: Crown - August 6th, 2019

Author Discussion & Signing with Raymond Benson

Title: Blues in the Dark

Author: Raymond Benson

Date: October 26, 2019

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 PM

 

Karissa Glover is a movie producer who moves into a decrepit but functional old mansion in the West Adams Heights area of Los Angeles, where black celebrities of yesteryear—Hattie McDaniel, Louise Beavers, and others—once resided. The former owner was a white actress, Blair Kendrick, who often starred as the "bad girl"—a femme fatale—in films noir of the 1940s. However, Blair’s career was cut short when she was tragically killed by the mob after allegedly witnessing the slaying of a corrupt studio head in 1949.

As Karissa and her producing partner decide to develop a modern film noir about Blair Kendrick, malevolent forces from the past attempt to stop them—first with intimidation, and then with the thread of murder.
 
Is this because Karissa has learned that Blair was involved in a then-taboo interracial relationship with jazz musician Hank Marley? What really happened on the night that death struck in a dimly lit studio mogul’s office? The consequences of Blair and Hank’s doomed love affair still resonate in the present day as Karissa attempts to unravel Blair’s secrets.

Seeping with mystery, intrigue, Hollywood history, and forbidden romance, Blues in the Dark is Raymond Benson at his most insightful and page-turning best.

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About the Author


Raymond Benson is most well-known for being the third—and first American—author to be commissioned by the James Bond literary estate to write the 007 novels between 1996–2002. He is the author of thirty-six books, including the New York Times bestselling The Black Stiletto series, now in development as a feature film, and most recently The Secrets on Chicory Lane. Benson lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781948924917
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Published: Arcade Crimewise - October 8th, 2019

Sisters in Crime (Chicago) Meeting.

 

Pomodoros and Chocolate: Motivation and Productivity for the Writer

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 11 a.m.

Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park, Illinois

Sisters in Crime national vice-president (and SinCC chapter member) Lori Rader-Day leads an interactive session on tips and tools for improving your writing productivity, keeping yourself motivated, and getting the help you need to finish your next project. Bring a notebook and pen, your calendar, and your best idea for building discipline and making and meeting goals. Free and open to the public.

 

Lori Rader-Day

Mary Higgins Clark Award- and Anthony Award-winning author of

 The Black Hour (2014), Little Pretty Things (2015), The Day I Died(2017), and Under a Dark Sky (2018)

Author event with L.D.Barnes

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A lifelong Chicagoan who attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Roosevelt University, L. D. Barnes has blogged about jazz for ChicagoSmooth internet radio, was published in Revise The Psalm, Work Celebrating The Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, The BAC Street Journal, and the Tallgrass 'Home' Anthology.  She lives with her retired Chicago Policeman husband and her cat Cleopatra.  She is a member of FLOW(For Love of Writing), Longwood Writer's Guild and Mystery Writers of America - Midwest Chapter.


The 107th St.Murder

In mid-October of 1978, the body of a young blonde tumbles from a garbage truck parked at the edge of the landfill, Mt. Trashmore, on Chicago's southeast side.  Newly paired partners Rachael Culpepper and Tony Breese of the Chicago Police Detective Unit are assigned the case. They navigate the twists, turns, and lies of 107th Street to find her murderer.  This 70's era Chicago murder-mystery presents a realistic portrait of the south side communities of Beverly and Mt. Greenwood with their legendary class rivalries as Culpepper and Breese follow a trail that leads inexorably to the shocking culprit.

 

Join us as we welcome L.D.Barnes for

her mystery ,The 107th St.Murder

on January26 at 2 p.m.

Sisters in Crime Special Meeting: Mary Welk's Plaque Dedication

September 23, 2017 Saturday

NOON

Sisters in Crime Special Meeting:

Mary Welk's Plaque Dedication

 

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$13.99
ISBN: 9781590806333
Availability: Special Order
Published: Echelon Press Publishing - June 1st, 2009

Criminal Mischief: Back-To-Back Caroline Rhodes Novellas Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781493598779
Availability: Special Order
Published: Createspace - October 26th, 2013

Authors/Editors Discussion & Signing with Laura Caldwell & Leslie S. Klinger

Authors/Editors For April 1, 2017 (Saturday) at 2:00 PM

 

Laura Caldwell

Biography

Laura Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney who is now a law professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is also director of Life After Innocence and a published author of 14 novels and one nonfiction book.

Before beginning her writing career, Laura was a partner in a Chicago law firm, specializing in medical malpractice defense and entertainment law. In 2001 she joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught Advanced Litigation Writing and International Criminal Law, among others.

Laura began her writing career in women’s fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. Her first book, Burning the Map, was voted as one of the best books of the year by Barnes and Noble.com. Booklist declared “Caldwell is one of the most talented and inventive … writers around,” after the release of The Year of Living Famously and The Night I Got Lucky. The release of her trilogy in 2009 received critical acclaim and nominations for prestigious industry awards.

While researching her sixth novel, The Rome Affair, Laura was led to the criminal case of a young man who was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. Charged with murder, he sat in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years with no trial date. After hearing about his case, Laura joined a renowned criminal defense attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring her first nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (Free Press, Simon & Schuster).

She is published in over 25 countries and her books have been translated into more than 13 languages. Laura is also a freelance magazine writer and has been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman’s Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman’s Weekly, Shore Magazine and others.

Inspired by her court victory and the challenges her client faced in rejoining society, Laura founded Loyola’s Life After Innocence, which assists wrongfully convicted individuals and other innocent persons affected by the criminal justice system in order to help them re-enter society and reclaim their lives.

 

Leslie S. Klinger

Biography

Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, and 19th-century genre fiction. Les is a long-time member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s History Series. He served three terms as Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and on its National Board. He is also the Treasurer of the Horror Writers Association. He lectures frequently on Holmes, Dracula, Lovecraft, and their worlds, including frequent panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Bouchercon, StokerCon, World Horror Convention, World Fantasy Convention, VampireCon, Comicpalooza, WonderCon, and San Diego Comic-Con, and he frequently teaches courses on Holmes and Dracula at UCLA Extension.

Les' work has received numerous awards and nominations, including the Edgar® for Best Critical-Biographical Book in 2005 for The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories and the Anthony for Best Anthology in 2015 for In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (co-edited with Laurie R. King) and two nominations for the Bram Stoker Award® for Best Nonfiction book. His introductions and essays have appeared in numerous books, graphic novels, academic journals, newspapers, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Playboy Magazine; he also reviews books for the Los Angeles Times. He was the technical advisor for Warner Bros. on the film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and served (without credit) in that role for Warner Bros.’ earlier hit Sherlock Holmes (2009). He has consulted on a number of novels, comic books, and graphic novels featuring Holmes and Dracula.

Les attended the University of California where he received an A.B. in English; he also attended the University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he obtained a J.D. degree. He and his wife Sharon have five adult children, six grandchildren, and live in Malibu with their dog and two cats. By day, Les practices law in Westwood, specializing in tax, estate planning, and business law.

 

Title:  Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted.

Description


Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.

Now, in this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers--including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan--while another exoneree's case is explored in a previously unpublished essay by legendary playwright Arthur Miller. An astonishing and unique collaboration, these testimonies bear witness to the incredible stories of innocent men and women who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into the maw of a vast and deeply flawed American criminal justice system before eventually, and miraculously, being exonerated.

Introduced by best-selling authors Scott Turow and Barry Scheck, these master storytellers capture the tragedy of wrongful convictions as never before and challenge readers to confront the limitations and harsh realities of the American criminal justice system. Lee Child tells of Kirk Bloodsworth, who obsessively read about the burgeoning field of DNA testing, cautiously hoping that it held the key to his acquittal--until he eventually became the first person to be exonerated from death row based on DNA evidence. Judge John Sheldon and author Gayle Lynds team up to share Audrey Edmunds's experience raising her children long distance from her prison cell. And exoneree Gloria Killian recounts to S. J. Rozan her journey from that fateful "knock on the door" and the initial shock of accusation to the scars she carries today.

Together, the powerful stories collected within the Anatomy of Innocence detail every aspect of the experience of wrongful conviction, as well as the remarkable depths of endurance sustained by each exoneree who never lost hope.

 

 

 

 

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By Laura Caldwell (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Scott Turow (Introduction by), Barry Scheck (Introduction by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631490880
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Published: Liveright - March 28th, 2017

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781451626599
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Published: Free Press - April 19th, 2014

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By H.P. Lovecraft, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Alan Moore (Introduction by)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780871404534
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Liveright - October 13th, 2014

Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Saturday, April 22  

11:00 a.m.

Centuries & Sleuths

 

Presenter: Linda Keen (CERT volunteer)

Topic: CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
 

CERT, under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

 

 

 

 

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