Double Authors Signing on American Espionage around the World:
Date: May 27, 2023
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
Authors: Bill Rapp and Michael A. Black
Titles: A Turkish Triangle and Devil's Reckoning
About the Book:
CIA officer Karl Baier is sent to Turkey to uncover the reasons behind the recent deaths of three Soviet assets at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. He discovers, however, that the three deaths are only the beginning. They are part of a broader effort to change the role of the United States in Turkey and the Middle East and undermine its determination to block the Soviet plans for Cuba and beyond.
About the Author:
I may have spent the last thirty-five years as a diplomat/analyst working for the federal government, but I began my adult life as a professional historian. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in History and German, I received my M.A. in European History from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. I taught history at Iowa State University for one year but then decided to shift my efforts to something less settled and moved to Washington, D.C. That career has taken me to Berlin, Ottawa, Baghdad, and now London, with long stays in Washington in between.
Through it all I never lost my love of history and literature, especially crime fiction, which I often read to take a break from all the history books I had to study for my course work, thesis, and dissertation. Fortunately, I was able to apply that affinity for our past throughout my career with the government, while it also inspired much of my writing. You can see that, for example, in the Berlin novels, especially Tears of Innocence, as I spent several years there as a student and later as a diplomat during the fall of the Wall and Germany's reunification. Even the Naperville private detective series (Angel in Black, A Pale Rain, and Burning Altars) draws on the local history and development of the Chicago area, just as Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald--the two paragons of American detective fiction, in my eyes--did in their novels and stories set in southern California.
About the Book:
Ex-army ranger Steve Wolf is hoping to clear his name for a war crime he didn't commit. But when a mysterious fixture in his life resurfaces with a dire warning for him and his mentor, Big Jim McNamara, he discovers that his past has once again come back to haunt him. Wolf is being stalked by powerfully corrupt foes-plural.
With a vicious drug lord's bounty on his head and another powerful enemy dispatching a pair of resourceful agents to ensure his demise, Wolf struggles to prepare himself for a once-in-a-lifetime shot at the coveted MMA heavyweight championship of the world-a dream achievement and his only chance at paying the outrageous legal fees he's racked up trying to clear his name.
When bodies start dropping and Wolf finds himself stalked by ruthless predators hellbent on having him in their sights, he must battle the odds in a desperate fight for survival. But in a deadly game of winner takes all, are the only stakes truly life or death?
About the Author:
Michael A. Black is the author of 38 books and over 100 short stories and articles. He has a BA in English from Northern Illinois University and a MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. He was a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago for over thirty years and worked in various capacities in police work including patrol supervisor, SWAT team leader, investigations, and tactical operations.
His Ron Shade series, featuring the Chicago-based kickboxing private eye, has won several awards, as has his police procedural series featuring Frank Leal and Olivia Hart. He has also written two novels with television star Richard Belzer of Law & Order SUV. His hobbies include the martial arts, running, and weight lifting.
In addition to his own novels, Black is currently writing novels in two highly popular adventure series under other names (Don Pendelton and A.W. Hart).
Mike's newest novel is Legends of the West: A Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves Novel, Cold Fury (as Don Pendleton) and Gunslinger: Killer's Brand and Gunslinger: Killer's Ghost (as A.W. Hart) which are now available as e-books and trade paperbacks on available in bookstores