Author Event

Authors Discussion & Signing: Alex Buckholder & John Hogan

This will be the second visit from Alex Buckholder and John Hogan to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for their latest book Forgotten Fires Of Chicago: The Lake Michigan Inferno and a Century of Flame .


 Chicago's war against cinder, flame and smoke did not end with the Great Fire of 1871. That conflagration was only one engagement in a ceaseless and often unrecognized conflict, fought in the most unlikely places. In 1909, fire ripped through the dynamite room of a staging facility one and a half miles off the Lake Michigan shoreline, transforming the pipe-laying operation into a raging inferno. During the World's Columbian Exposition, thousands of fairgoers watched in horror as twelve firefighters were trapped in a blazing ice warehouse. An operagoer left a smoking bomb under his seat at the Auditorium Theater in 1917, and the newly invented smoke ejector arrived too late to save firemen and laborers cut off in a sewer in 1931. Join John Hogan and Alex Burkholder for the history of these forgotten fires and the heroes who fight them.

Forgotten Fires of Chicago:: The Lake Michigan Inferno and a Century of Flame (Disaster) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626197473
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Published: History Press (SC) - November 11th, 2014

Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards: A History of Flame and Folly in the Jungle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609499075
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Published: History Press (SC) - February 12th, 2013

Author Discussion with Edgar Award Winning Author Thomas Perry

Attend the duscussion and purchase his latest book from Edgar Award Winning Author Thomas Perry. This is his latest Jane Whitefield mystery, A String of Beads.

Although this is Mr Perry's first appearance at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, it is approximately his 22nd novel. Don't miss the author, the discussion and buying Mr. Perry's latest book. 

 A String of Beads

 After two decades protecting innocent victims on the run, and a year after getting shot on a job that took a dangerous turn for the worse, Jane McKinnon, nee Whitefield, has settled into the quiet life of a suburban housewife in Amherst, New York--or so she thinks. 

One morning as she comes back from a long run, Jane is met by an unusual sight: all eight clan mothers, the female leaders of the Seneca clans, parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane's from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he's fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers' request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were fourteen in hopes that he has gone the same way again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren't the only ones after him. As the chase intensifies, the number of people caught up in this twisted plot multiplies, and Jane is the only one who can protect those endangered by it. "A String of Beads" is an addictive, fast-paced thriller about how abandoning the past can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, even when your life--and the life of those you love--depends on it.

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ISBN: 9780802123299
Availability: Backordered
Published: Mysterious Press Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - Grove - January 6th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780802155122
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Published: Mysterious Press - February 11th, 2014

Poison Flower Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802155115
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Published: Mysterious Press - February 19th, 2013

The Informant: An Otto Penzler Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547737430
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Published: Mariner Books - May 2012

Strip Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156035590
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Published: Mariner Books - May 5th, 2011

Vanishing Act (Jane Whitefield #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804113878
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Published: Fawcett - March 2nd, 1996

Metzger's Dog: A Novel Cover Image
By Thomas Perry, Carl Hiaasen (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780812967746
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 10th, 2003

Author Discussion & Signing with Michael Black

Michael Black continues to write the thrilling and bloody adventures in Pendleton's Executioner Series.

Be at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 2 PM to hear more from Michael how he puts these great novels together. You can even as him questions about writing, plot, character,...

Also, for those with a Sherlockian interest you must read his short stories in Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: A Most Unusual Dichotomy  and  The Dark Visage in the Mirror. I have and they are wonderful examples of Michael's diverse writing talents.  [Augie Aleksy Owner of Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore]  


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Deadly Salvage Cover Image
ISBN: 9780373644308
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gold Eagle - September 2nd, 2014

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Volume 6 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692244944
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Published: Airship 27 - June 24th, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with Jeffrey Siger

Title: Sons of Sparta: #6 A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery

Author: Jeffrey Siger 

This is Jeffrey's 6th Andreas Kaldis mystery and his 6th visit to Centuries & Sleuths. This is a tradition  wheo hope will never end.

Come visit with Jeff as he talks about his latest msytery set in modern Greece.

Since he lives in Greece for about 1/2 of each year he can tell about his obeservations about this country in the 21st century. He loves the country, but he is quite frank when talking about what he sees.

Did the warriors of ancient Sparta simply vanish without a trace along with their city, or did they find sanctuary at the tip of the mountainous Peloponnese? That stark, unforgiving region's roots today run deep with a history of pirates, highwaymen, and neighbors ferociously repelling any foreigner foolishly bent on occupying this part of Greece. Less well recorded are the Mani's families' strict code of honor and their history of endless vendettas with neighbors and with their own relatives. No wonder their farms look like fortresses. When Special Crimes Division Detective Yiannis Kouros is summoned from Athens to the Mani by his uncle, Kouros fears his loyalty to his boss, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, is about be to be tested by family pressure on the detective to act in some new vendetta, for this uncle once headed the Mani's most significant criminal enterprise. Instead, Kouros learns the family is about to become rich through the sale of its property until the uncle is killed, and thus the deal. Acting swiftly to head off a new cycle of violence, Kouros satisfactorily solves the murder. Or so it seems until, back in Athens, Kaldis' probe into deeply entrenched government corruption leads straight back to the Mani. Both cops now confront a host of unexpected twists, unanticipated players, unanswered questions and people yet to die."has become a tradition that we hope will never end. 

Sons of Sparta Cover Image
ISBN: 9781464203169
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - October 7th, 2014

Murder in Mykonos: An Inspector Kaldis Mystery (Inspector Keen Dunliffe Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590586914
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - September 30th, 2011

Assassins of Athens (Inspector Keen Dunliffe Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590587072
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 2010

Prey on Patmos: An Inspector Kaldis Mystery (Inspector Keen Dunliffe Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590587683
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 4th, 2011

Target: Tinos (Inspector Keen Dunliffe Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590589786
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - June 5th, 2012

Mykonos After Midnight (Inspector Keen Dunliffe Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781464201837
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - September 3rd, 2013

Author Discussion & Signing with Raymond Benson

Come to Centuries & Sleuths to meet with Raymond Benson as he talks about his last volume of The Black Stiletto Series, Endings & Beginnings on Sunday November 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM.


Raymond Benson's The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings is the
startling, climactic finale to the five-book, critically-acclaimed saga
of The Black Stiletto. It's 1962. Judy Cooper, the Black Stiletto, is
devastated at the betrayal by her nemesis and former lover, mobster Leo
Kelly. Additionally, Leo and his psychotically dangerous sister,
Christina, have set out to ruin the Stiletto's reputation in L.A. with a
series of crimes that are made to appear as if the crime-fighter is
responsible. The very pregnant Judy must fight back only with her wits
and cunning-until disaster strikes and she is forced to flee to her old
home town in Texas for the final showdown with destiny. Meanwhile, in
the present, the Alzheimer's that afflicts elderly Judy is in its last
stage, but her son and granddaughter, Martin and Gina, must continue to
protect her from the past's last remaining assault, culminating in a
cathartic and explosive conclusion."

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ISBN: 9781608091034
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - November 4th, 2014

The Black Stiletto: The First Diary Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608090631
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - August 7th, 2012

The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes: The Third Diary Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608091058
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - April 8th, 2014

The Black Stiletto: Secrets & Lies: The Fourth Diary Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608091010
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - January 7th, 2014

James Bond: The Union Trilogy: Three 007 Novels: High Time to Kill, Doubleshot, Never Dream of Dying (James Bond 007) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781605980072
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 2008

James Bond: Choice of Weapons: Three 007 Novels: The Facts of Death; Zero Minus Ten; The Man with the Red Tattoo (James Bond 007) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781605980997
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Published: Pegasus Books - August 17th, 2010

Author Discussion & Signing with Leslie Klinger

Come join us at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to listen to renowned Sherlockian scholar, Leslie Klinger discuss his Fifth Annotated volume, The New Annotated H. P.  Lovecraft

"With an increasing distance from the twentieth century the New England poet, author, essayist, and stunningly profuse epistolary Howard Phillips Lovecraft is beginning to emerge as one of that tumultuous period s most critically fascinating and yet enigmatic figures," writes Alan Moore in his introduction to The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. Despite this nearly unprecedented posthumous trajectory, at the time of his death at the age of forty-six, Lovecraft's work had appeared only in dime-store magazines, ignored by the public and maligned by critics. Now well over a century after his birth, Lovecraft is increasingly being recognized as the foundation for American horror and science fiction, the source of "incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction" (Joyce Carol Oates).

In this volume, Leslie S. Klinger reanimates Lovecraft with clarity and historical insight, charting the rise of the erstwhile pulp writer, whose rediscovery and reclamation into the literary canon can be compared only to that of Poe or Melville. Weaving together a broad base of existing scholarship with his own original insights, Klinger appends Lovecraft's uncanny oeuvre and Kafkaesque life story in a way that provides context and unlocks many of the secrets of his often cryptic body of work.

Over the course of his career, Lovecraft "the Copernicus of the horror story" (Fritz Leiber) made a marked departure from the gothic style of his predecessors that focused mostly on ghosts, ghouls, and witches, instead crafting a vast mythos in which humanity is but a blissfully unaware speck in a cosmos shared by vast and ancient alien beings. One of the progenitors of "weird fiction," Lovecraft wrote stories suggesting that we share not just our reality but our planet, and even a common ancestry, with unspeakable, godlike creatures just one accidental revelation away from emerging from their epoch of hibernation and extinguishing both our individual sanity and entire civilization.

Following his best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger collects here twenty-two of Lovecraft's best, most chilling "Arkham" tales, including "The Call of Cthulhu," At the Mountains of Madness, "The Whisperer in Darkness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Colour Out of Space," and others. With nearly 300 illustrations, including full-color reproductions of the original artwork and covers from Weird Tales and Astounding Stories, and more than 1,000 annotations, this volume illuminates every dimension of H. P. Lovecraft and stirs the Great Old Ones in their millennia of sleep."

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft (Annotated Books) Cover Image
By H. P. Lovecraft, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Alan Moore (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780871404534
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 13th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780393064506
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 17th, 2008

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes & the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393059144
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 2007

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels (Annotated Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393065947
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 5th, 2007

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories (2 Vol Set) Cover Image
By Arthur Conan Doyle, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), John Le Carre (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780393059168
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 17th, 2004

Authors Discussion Signing with Max Allan Collins & Barbara Collins

 Max Allan Collins & Barbara Collins will returning to Centuries & Sleuths to visit with their friends and readers to discuss and sign several new titles in a variety of genres (e.g. hardboiled, comical, current, and pulp). Enjoy a wonderful afternoon with two serious, but delightful writers.

The King of the Weeds with Mike Hammer

Hammer finds himself up against a clever serial killer targeting only cops. A killer his old friend Captain Pat Chambers had put away many years ago is suddenly freed on new, seemingly indisputable evidence, and Hammer wonders if this seemingly placid, very odd old man might somehow be engineering cop killings that all seem to be either accidental or by natural causes. At the same time Hammer and Velda are dealing with the fallout – some of it mob, some of it federal government – over the $89 billion dollar cache the detective is (rightly) suspected of finding not long ago. 

Antique Con with Brandy Borne and her mon Vivian

Brandy Borne and her drama-queen mom, Vivian, take their antiques show on the road, for an off-Broadway farce mixing mirth and murder. A world away from small-town Serenity, the ditsy duo--chaperoned by their trusty shih tzu, Sushi--arrive in the Big Apple, blissfully unaware that they will soon cross paths with a rotten-to-the-core killer.

As the dynamic dames descend upon a comic-book convention--to sell a rare 1940s Superman drawing--Vivian makes a show of keeping the valuable sketch locked to her wrist in a briefcase. When an intruder breaks into their hotel suite, they naturally suspect a felonious fan, over-eager to acquire their artwork.

But this not-so-super villain proves less interested in the Man of Steel than in stealing a man's life, as Brandy and Mother stumble onto a murder victim impaled by a pen-shaped award. Suspects ranging from comic-book collectors to crime kingpins lead Brandy and Mother on a merry madcap Manhattan misadventure, taking them from convention hall to strip joint, from retirement home to precinct lock-up. Has the con been conned by a killer? If so, only Brandy, Mother and Sushi can stop this fatally foul funny-book fiend.

Supreme Justice

 After taking a bullet for his commander-in-chief, Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder is a hero. But his outspoken criticism of the president he saved?who had stacked the Supreme Court with hard-right justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, amp up the Patriot Act, and shred the First Amendment?put Reeder at odds with the Service's apolitical nature, making him an outcast.

FBI agent Patti Rogers finds herself paired with the unpopular former agent on a task force investigating the killing of Supreme Court Justice Henry Venter. Reeder?nicknamed ?Peep? for his unparalleled skills at reading body language?makes a startling discovery while reviewing a security tape: the shooting was premeditated, not a botched robbery. Even more chilling, the controversial Venter may not be the only justice targeted for death?

Is a mastermind mounting an unprecedented judicial coup aimed at replacing ultra-conservative justices with a new liberal majority? To crack the conspiracy and save the lives of not just the justices but also Reeder's own family, rising star Rogers and legendary investigator Reeder must push their skills?and themselves?to the limit.

The Wrong Quarry 


Quarry doesn't kill just anybody these days. He restricts himself to targeting other hitmen, availing his marked-for-death clients of two services: eliminating the killers sent after them, and finding out who hired them…and then removing that problem as well. 
So far he's rid of the world of nobody who would be missed. But this time he finds himself zeroing in on the grieving family of a missing cheerleader. Does the hitman's hitman have the wrong quarry in his sights?

Mike Hammer: King of the Weeds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780857684677
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Published: Titan Books - May 6th, 2014

Antiques Con (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery #8) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780758263643
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Published: Kensington - April 29th, 2014

Supreme Justice (Reeder and Rogers Thriller #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612185309
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - July 2014

The Wrong Quarry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781781162668
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Published: Hard Case Crime - January 7th, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with Stan "Tex " Banash

Come to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to meet Stan "Tex" Banash author of The Roadside History of Illinois. He will discuss & signe his book.

Author finishes third book, 'Roadside History of Illinois’. Stan Banash, a.k.a. “Tex,” a resident of Chicago’s Norwood Park community, recently completed his third book, “Roadside History of Illinois” 

The book covers the history of the state from the Ice Age to the present, offering vacationers a series of short trips mostly along old U.S. highways, statehighways and county roads that provide a glimpse into numerous historic sites as well as the history of nearly 250 significant cities, towns and villages in seven geographical regions. Among the book’s features are more than 125 images, regional maps, an Illinois Chronology, a list of Illinois Facts, the lyrics to the seldom heard State Song, “Illinois,” and a list of Illinois Originals, in addition to a Bibliography and

Index. The book also includes a Special Introduction by the late Dee Brown, author of the internationally acclaimed book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and was praised in back cover blurbs by former U.S. Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson III and Illinois State Archives Deputy Director Wayne C. Temple. As the Preface notes, Roadside History of Illinois is “designed to help both visitors and residents discover and savor the historical, cultural, and natural opulence of this great state.”

Banash, who was raised in suburban Niles and graduated from Niles Township High School in Skokie, served in the Air Force and then obtained his Bachelor of Philosophy degree in political science from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Roosevelt University. His two earlier books were: Best of Dee Brown’s West (Clear Light, 1998) and Dee Brown’s Civil War Anthology (Clear Light, 1998). He also has reviewed numerous books for Wild West magazine, The Tombstone Epitaph, Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of the West, and Roundup magazine.


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By Stan Banash, Dee Brown (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780878425990
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Published: Mountain Press Publishing Company - May 15th, 2013

Author Discussion & Signing with Dave Revsine. Nationally Know Sports Broadcaster

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore is hosting a book discussion & signing for nationally know ESPN Sports Announcer, Dave Revsine for his book, The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation.

  It's America's most popular sport, played by thousands, watched by millions, and generating billions in revenues every year. It's also America's most controversial sport, haunted by the specter of life-threatening injuries and plagued by scandal, even among its most venerable personalities and institutions. At the college level, we often tie football's tales of corruption and greed to its current popularity and revenue potential, and we have vague notions of a halcyon time--before the new College Football Playoff, power conferences, and huge TV contracts. Perhaps we conjure images of young Ivy Leaguers playing a gentleman's game, exemplifying the collegial in collegiate. What we don't imagine is a game described in 1905, not today, as "a social obsession--this boy-killing, man-mutillating, education-prostituting, gladiatorial sport."

In "The Opening Kickoff," Dave Revsine tells the riveting story of the formative period of American football (1890-1915). It was a time that saw the game's meteoric rise, fueled by overflow crowds, breathless newspaper coverage and newfound superstars--including one of the most thrilling and mysterious the sport has ever seen. But it was also a period racked by controversy in academics, recruiting, and physical brutality that, in combination, threatened football's very existence. A vivid storyteller, Revsine brings it all to life in a captivating narrative.

Over lunch I read "Author's Note", "Preface" and started  "Football Day..." I'm enjoying The Opening Kickoff... I like the writing style and looking forward the finding out more.  I know people who are interested in both sports and history who would love reading about the "Exposing this sports history to the open air!" It's like sports' gossip, but it's true. This is, especially, valid when the reader considers the comments on Harvard and Yale so far, not to mention, the University of Chicago, Northwestern and Notre Dame teams' football heritage".

Augie Aleksy (Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore Owner) 


Author: Dave Revsine 

The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762791774
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lyons Press - July 29th, 2014


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