Calling all crime fiction readers! Jack Fredrickson and Michael Wiley will be at The Book Cellar to celebrate a double header release of their newest thrillers (and series)! Jack Fredrickson will be discussing his newest title, The Black Cage, and Michael Wiley will be discussing his new title Trouble in Mind.
About Jack Fredrickson: Jack Fredrickson is the author of seven Dek Elstrom mysteries and the stand-alone thrillers, Silence the Dead and The Black Cage. His short fiction appears in “Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine” as often as the editor can stand it and been included in anthologies edited by Michael Connelly, Charlaine Harris, and Libby Fisher Hellman. His work has been awarded Shamus nominations for Best First Novel, Best Novel, and Best Short Story; been featured in “The Wall Street Journal” and the “Chicago Sun-Times;” and been reviewed on NPR and in “The New York Times,” “The Chicago Tribune,” “The Richmond Times-Dispatch,” and other newspapers. Non-fiction credits include essays and columns in “The Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine” and local newspapers, and business books published by AMACOM and Greenwood Press. He lives west of Chicago.
About The Black Cage: Exposing the botched murder investigation of three young boys has left Milo Rigg's reputation and career as a crime-reporting journalist in tatters. But when the naked, frozen bodies of two young sisters, Priscilla and Beatrice Graves, are found down a ravine in Chicago months later, there are disturbing similarities. Are the two cases linked, and could this be Milo's chance to right the wrongs of the past?
Restored to his former reporter role, Milo is back - and he's asking uncomfortable questions again. Confronted with deception and corruption at every turn, can Milo uncover the identity of a ruthless serial killer and finally rid himself of the black cage that threatens to consume him?
About Michael Wiley: Michael’s most recent novel is Trouble in Mind, the first book in a series featuring Chicago PI Sam Kelson. He is the author of the Shamus Award-nominated Monument Road, about an exonerated death-row inmate investigating the crime that sent him to prison, and writes the Daniel Turner Thriller series (Blue Avenue, Second Skin, Black Hammock) and the Shamus Award-winning Joe Kozmarski Private Detective series (A Bad Night’s Sleep, The Bad Kitty Lounge, Last Striptease). He is a frequent book reviewer and an occasional writer of journalism, critical books, and essays.
Michael grew up in Chicago and lived and worked in the neighborhoods and on the streets where he sets his Kozmarski mysteries. He teaches literature at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville—the setting of Monument Road and the Daniel Turner stories.
About Trouble in Mind: Sam Kelson is a PI like no other. As a consequence of being shot in the head while working undercover as a Chicago cop, he suffers from disinhibition: he cannot keep silent or tell lies when questioned. But truth be told - and Kelson always tells the truth - he still feels compelled to investigate and, despite the odds, he's good at his job. Hired by Trina Felbanks to investigate her pharmacist brother, whom she suspects is dealing drugs, Kelson arrives at Felbanks' home to make a shocking discovery. Arrested on suspicion of murder, he makes an even more startling discovery concerning his client's identity. Kelson would appear to have been set up ... but by whom, and why? As events spiral out of control and the body count rises, Kelson realizes he's made a dangerously powerful enemy. Will he survive long enough to discover who has targeted him - and what it is they want?