Author Event

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

Sunday, Sept. 25, NOON to one p.m., Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, Forest Park, IL. Our first meeting of the fall will feature MWA Midwest member, author, and attorney Laura Caldwell from the Life After Innocence Project AND Jovan Mosley, an exoneree and attorney. We expect this to be a pretty powerful conversation and hope you can make it. Note the start time: NOON.

LAURA CALDWELL is a professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a published author of 15 books, including the Izzy McNeil novels and her nonfiction Long Way Home. She is the founder of Life After Innocence, which helps innocent people begin their lives again after being wrongfully imprisoned. She also is a co-editor of a new anthology, Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongly Convicted. It will be released in February 2017.

JOVAN MOSLEY was 19 years old when Chicago police coerced him into confessing to a 1999 murder that he did not commit. He spent nearly six years in a holding cell in Cook County jail before he was granted a trial to prove his innocence. Freed in 2005 with the help of Laura Caldwell and Catharine O’Daniel, he has since earned his Juris Doctor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.


Authors Discussion & Signing with Frances McNamara

Death at the Paris Exposition    COMING SEPTEMBER 1, 2016! In the sixth Emily Cabot Mystery, the intrepid amateur sleuth’s journey once again takes her to a world’s fair—the Paris Exposition of 1900. Chicago socialite Bertha Palmer has been named the only female U. S. commissioner to the Exposition and she enlists Emily’s services as her social secretary. Their visit to the House of Worth for the fitting of a couture gown is interrupted by the theft of Mrs. Palmer’s famous pearl necklace. Before that crime can be solved, several young women meet untimely deaths and a member of the Palmer’s inner circle is accused of the crimes. As Emily races to clear the family name she encounters jealous society ladies, American heiresses seeking titled European husbands, and more luscious gowns and priceless jewels. Along the way, she takes refuge from the tumult at the country estate of Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. In between her work and sleuthing, she is able to share the Art Nouveau delights of the Exposition, and the enduring pleasures of the City of Light, with her husband and their young children.



Author Discussion & Signing with William Kent Krueger

Title: Manitou Canyon
Author: William Kent Krueger
One of today's automatic buy-today-read-tonight series...thoughtful but suspenseful, fast but lasting, contemporary but strangely timeless. (Lee Child) In the extraordinary new Cork O Connor thriller from "New York Times" bestselling and Edgar Award winning author William Kent Krueger, the lives of hundreds of innocent people are at stake when Cork vanishes just days before his daughter's wedding. 
Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet, his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy. 
His concern comes to a head when a man camping in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. As the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man's family to stay on the case. Although the wedding is fast approaching and the weather looks threatening, he accepts and returns to that vast wilderness on his own. 
As the sky darkens and the days pass, Cork's family anxiously awaits his return. Finally certain that something has gone terribly wrong, they fly by floatplane to the lake where the missing man was last seen. Locating Cork's campsite, they find no sign of their father. They do find blood, however. A lot of it. 
With an early winter storm on the horizon, it's a race against time as Cork's family struggles to uncover the mystery behind these disappearances. Little do they know, not only is Cork's life on the line, but so are the lives of hundreds of others. 
A taut, suspenseful thriller, "Manitou Canyon "features everything readers love in a Cork O Connor novel: a dramatic Northwoods setting, an intriguing view of the Objibwe culture, an enigmatic crime, masterful storytelling, and more than a few surprises.

About the Author

For the last twenty years, William Kent Krueger has made his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and two children. His Cork O Connor novels, Iron Lake (winner of the 1998 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and the Barry Award), Boundary Waters, Purgatory Ridge, Blood Hollow (winner of the 2004 Anthony Award for Best Novel), and Mercy Falls (winner of the 2005 Anthony Award for Best Novel) - as well as the political thriller The Devil s Bed - are available from Atria Books.



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Manitou Canyon: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #15) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476749266
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Published: Atria Books - September 6th, 2016

Windigo Island: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #14) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476749242
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Published: Atria Books - May 19th, 2015

Trickster's Point: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #12) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451645712
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Published: Atria Books - May 7th, 2013

Tamarack County: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #13) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451645774
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Published: Atria Books - July 1st, 2014

Northwest Angle: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #11) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439153963
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Published: Atria Books - April 10th, 2012

Vermilion Drift: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #10) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439153871
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Published: Atria Books - June 7th, 2011

Heaven's Keep: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #9) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416556770
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Published: Atria Books - July 13th, 2010

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Guest Speakers: Julie Kenney and Silvia Carrier

Ms. Kenney will talk about her career as a Public Information Representative in Inspection Service

Ms. Carrier an inspector in the Chicago Division -- Postal Inspection will talk about the Inspection Service and some exciting cases she's experienced.



Sisters in Crime Meeting

 Diane Piron-Gelman

Guest Speaker: Diane Pirone-Gelman   

  Diane will be talking about audiobooks. She records them and has recently learned to produce them  as    well. She can tell you where/how to find others that produce them. Other issues Diane will cover are where to find a narrator, what to look for in an audiobook audition (for those who'd like an audio version of their novel, but don't want to do it themselves), ways to connect with narrators and sound engineers (plus a realistic examination of the costs involved), and also speak a bit about the skills needed to narrate and produce your own audiobook (if you have the ability, equipment, and time--it's a big time investment).



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For You Were Strangers (Hanley & Rivka Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989053594
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Published: Allium Press - December 15th, 2015

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Shall We Not Revenge Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989053532
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Published: Allium Press - March 13th, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with Chicago's Own Richard Lindberg

Come join us to listen to Chicago's Own Richard Lindberg discuss & sign his latest book on Chicago's shaddy side, Gangland Chicago: Criminality and Lawlessness in the Windy City.



This engrossing tale of gangs and organized criminality begins in the frontier saloons situated in the marshy flats of Chicago, the future world class city of Mid-continent. Gangland Chicago recounts the era of parlor gambling, commercialized vice districts continuing through the bloody Prohibition bootlegging wars; failed reform movements; the rise of post-World War II juvenile criminal gangs and the saga of the Blackstone Rangers in a chaotic, racially divided city., Gang violence and street crime is endemic in contemporary Chicago. There is much more to the saga of crime, politics, and armed violence than Al Capone and John Dillinger. Gangland Chicago explores the changing patterns of criminal behavior, politics, gangs, youth crime and the failures of reform in its historic totality. Richard Lindberg takes the reader on a journey through decades of a troubled past to delve deep into the evolution of street gangs and organized violence endemic in Chicago. Small ethnic gangs organized in ethnic slum districts of the city expanded into the well-known organized crime syndicates of Chicago's history. Gangland Chicago is full of stories of unchecked violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. Unlike other standard true crime accounts focused exclusively on the Prohibition era, this historical look-back probes the obscure and forgotten dark corners of city crime history. Lindberg details how both organized and dis-organized street gangs have paralyzed city neighborhoods and transformed the crimes of the Windy City from street thuggery and common ruffians protected and nurtured by politicians into a protected class is gripping. Gangland Chicago is a revealing look at the Chicago underworld of yesterday and today. This comprehensive volume is sure to entertain and inform any reader interested in the evolution of organized crime and gangs in America's most representative city of the American Heartland.

About the Author

Richard C. Lindberg grew up in Chicago's Norwood Park neighborhood. His nine books include "Chicago by Gaslight: A History of the Chicago Netherworld, 1880-I 920, The White Sox Encyclopedia, "and "The Armchair Companion to chicago Sports. "He is the former editor of the "Illinois Police and Sheriff's News "and served as head writer and senior editor for the Edgar Award-winning "Encyclopedia of World Crime."
Gangland Chicago: Criminality and Lawlessness in the Windy City Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442231955
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 15th, 2015

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Chicago by Gaslight: A History of Chicago's Netherworld: 1880-1920 Cover Image
By Richard Lindberg, Bob Deckert (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780897334211
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Published: Academy Chicago Publishers - August 30th, 2005

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Return to the Scene of the Crime: A Guide to Infamous Places in Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9781581820133
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Published: Cumberland House Publishing - May 1st, 1999

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Heartland Serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch, and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9780875804361
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Published: Northern Illinois University Press - April 25th, 2011

2015 Independents Day Year Three

We will have over 20 authors throughout the day helping Centuries & Sleuths celebrating not only Independents Day established three years ago, but Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's TWENTY-FIFTH (25TH) ANNIVERSARY of being an Independent Bookseller. Come join us and purchase some signed books by local authors that make great Hoiliday Presents and the autographs make them special!

Authors Discussion & Signing with Daniel Block & Howard B. Rosing

Come join us at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to listen to Daniel Block & Howard B. Rosing talk about their book, Chicago: A Food Biography which will become both a Chicago and a dining classic. Then if you purchase it at Centuries & Sleuths you can have it signed. If you bring a book not purchased at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to be signed there is a $5/book fee to have it signed. We are sure you understand, "You wouldn't bring a can/bottle of Pilsner beer with you when dining at the Berghoff's Restaurant."

About the Book:

Chicago began as a frontier town on the edge of white settlement and as the product of removal of culturally rich and diverse indigenous populations. The town grew into a place of speculation with the planned building of the Illinois and Michigan canal, a boomtown, and finally a mature city of immigrants from both overseas and elsewhere in the US. In this environment, cultures mixed, first at the taverns around Wolf Point, where the forks of the Chicago River join, and later at the jazz and other clubs along the Stroll in the black belt, and in the storefront ethnic restaurants of today. Chicago was the place where the transcontinental railroads from the West and the trunk roads from the East met. Many downtown restaurants catered specifically to passengers transferring from train to train between one of the five major downtown railroad stations. This also led to destination restaurants, where Hollywood stars and their onlookers would dine during overnight layovers between trains. At the same time, Chicago became the candy capital of the US and a leading city for national conventions, catering to the many participants looking for a great steak and atmosphere. Beyond hosting conventions and commerce, Chicagoans also simply needed to eat safely and relatively cheaply. Chicago grew amazingly fast, becoming the second largest city in the US in 1890. Chicago itself and its immediate surrounding area was also the site of agriculture, both producing food for the city and for shipment elsewhere. Within the city, industrial food manufacturers prospered, highlighted by the meat processors at the Chicago stockyards, but also including candy makers such as Brach's and Curtiss, and companies such as Kraft Foods. At the same time, large markets for local consumption emerged. The food biography of Chicago is a story of not just culture, economics, and innovation, but also a history of regulation and regulators, as they protected Chicago's food supply and built Chicago into a city where people not only come to eat, but where locals rely on the availability of safe food and water. With vivid details and stories of local restaurants and food, Block and Rosing reveal Chicago to be one of the foremost eating destinations in the country.


Chicago: A Food Biography (Big City Food Biographies) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442227262
Availability: Special Order
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - September 3rd, 2015

Author Discussion & Signing with Michael Black

Come to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to listen to Michael Black talk about his latest Executioner book, Uncut Terror. The buy at C&S and get signed by Michael for a great addition to your collection.

Diamonds Aren't Forever in The Executioner: Uncut Terror:
A legendary Kremlin assassin slaughters an American defector before he can be repatriated. Not about to let the murder go unpunished, Mack Bolan sets out to even the score. 
His first target is a Russian businessman with ties to organized crime, a man who was unexpectedly released from a Siberian prison. Bolan tracks him to the World Diamond Council meeting in New York City, where the Russians reveal their deadly endgame. Only one man can stop their scheme to crash the Western economy and kill hundreds of innocent people--the Executioner.

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ISBN: 9780373644438
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gold Eagle - October 6th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780373644193
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Published: Gold Eagle - October 1st, 2013

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ISBN: 9780373615773
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Published: Gold Eagle - June 2nd, 2015


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