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L. Allen Stovey
E-Z Money
Lawrence Allen Stovey
Genre: Fiction
About the Book:

Razor O'Banick returns in this new mystery/thriller. When Serena Sorenson is wrongfully accused of murder, Razor takes on the job of proving her innocence. An overzealous Assistant District Attorney fights Razor's every move. Witnesses are killed. Razor and Serena are targeted by professional killers. Will Razor find love with Serena? Will he balance the scales of justice?

About the Author:

After graduating, Lawrence Allen Stovey worked in the automotive field for 15 years. He moved his family to Philadelphia working in the forklift truck industry and the mail processing equipment business. After retiring from Bell and Howell, he has written several books. He has three children and two grand children. L. Allen lives near a lake in East Texas.

Clifford Royal Johns
Walking Shadow
Clifford Royal Johns
Genre: Fiction
About the Book:

Benny tries to ignore the payment-overdue messages he keeps getting from "Forget What?," a memory removal company. Then people start trying to kill him, and his life suddenly depends on finding out what memories he has forgotten. Benny relies on his wits, latent skills, and new friends as he investigates his own past; delving deeper and deeper into the underworld of criminals, bad cops, and shady news organizations, all with their own reasons for wanting him to remain ignorant or die. Walking Shadow is a future-noir science fiction mystery novel with action, humor, suspense, smart dialogue, and a driving first person narrative.

About the Author:

Clifford Royal Johns lives in the Chicago area, and designs
integrated circuits. His stories have been published in
science fiction, mystery, and mainstream magazines and
anthologies. His first novel, a science fiction, noir mystery
crime novel, Walking Shadow, has just been released by
Grand Mal Press.

Chris Belden
Carry-on
Chris Belden
Genre: Fiction
About the Book:

Carry-on chronicles in blistering, obsessive language the immediate aftermath of a marriage gone kablooey, as the jilted, shell-shocked protagonist wanders the heat-soaked streets of Manhattan, and then motors around the austere Pacific Northwest, searching searching searching for something he can’t explain or even understand, along the way encountering a cast of vivid characters off whom he caroms like a pinball, until he finally realizes, amid the vast desolation of Mount St. Helens National Park, that we all carry our own baggage, literally and figuratively, everywhere we go.

About the Author:

Chris Belden founded the Ridgefield Writers Workshop in Connecticut, & also teaches at a maximum security men's prison.

Chris Belden
Nowhere Else to Go
Judith Kirscht
Genre: Fiction
About the Book:

As the racial and civil upheaval following the assassination of Martin Luther King tear apart the Midwestern college town of Norton Bluffs, white Principal Cassie Daniel's junior high school becomes a battleground for suburban fear, university idealism, and black anger. Shaped by the integrated backwater where she grew up, Cassie must fight not only the racial and class attitudes that split her faculty, but also the idealism of her own husband in order to defen d the children from that same neighborhood, whose adolescence is being consumed by the conflict.

About the Author:

Born and raised in Chicago, Judith Kirscht received her BA from the University of Chicago. She raised her family in Ann Arbor Michigan and received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won two Hopwood Awards, one for an earlier version of her first published novel, Nowhere Else to Go (Florida Academic Press, 2011). She taught writing for many years at the Universities of Michigan and California, Santa Barbara before moving to Washington State to devote herself to writing fiction. She has published professional articles and a textbook (co-authored), in addition to short stories. Her second novel, The Inheritors (New Libri Press, 2012) was published as an e-book in June and will come out in paper in the fall of 2012.

Tom Grace
The Liberty Intrigue
Tom Grace
Genre: Fiction
About the Book:

Ross Egan has quietly labored for years in the West African nation of Dutannuru, a tiny republican democracy that emerged from the wreckage of the brutal civil war that claimed the brilliant engineer's wife and child. When a neighboring despot threatens Dutannuru, Egan is thrust onto the world stage at the center of the deadly international crisis. His actions and resulting notoriety land him on the short list of individuals capable of challenging the progressive incumbent for the presidency of the United States. A political neophyte, Egan is intrigued by the task of unseating a ruthless political operator seen by some as the most dangerously leftist president in the nation's history. To win the White House, Egan must mount the most unorthodox presidential campaign ever attempted, and navigate through a daunting new world marked by character assassination, high-level corruption, armed raids, and political murder.

About the Author:

Tom Grace is the internationally best-selling author of “The Secret Cardinal,” “Bird of Prey,” “Twisted Web,” “Quantum,” and “Spyder Web.” His books have been translated into several languages, pirated, and placed in the library at the South Pole. He is an architect in private practice with projects ranging from private residences to genetic therapy labs. He lives in Michigan with his wife and children and is at work on his next novel.

Sen. Roger A. Keats
Chicago Confidential
Roger Keats
Genre: Fiction
About the Book:

This is a "true novel" about the real corruption in Chicago: that means all the book does is change the names to protect the guilty. The incidents and events are real as a Chicago Detective, with a unique and checkered past, investigates, gangs, drug wars and murders. He becomes immersed in obscene levels of political corruption. The issues are far bigger than a bunch of street gang thugs selling drugs and killing each other. In Chicago the political leaders are involved in everything! This is not a writer's imagination. In Chicago truth is stranger than fiction. Remember, all we did was change the names to protect the guilty.

About the Author:

Senator Roger Keats, built bipartisan and multi racial coalitions to battle blatant corruption in America's most corrupt city. He has been honored by the Illinois Conservative Union and was a 2009 honoree for Black History Month. President Obama's predecessor once said, "I don't know who hates Roger more, the Democrat or Republican leaders."

John Van Roekel
Prisoner Moon
John Van Roekel
Genre: Fiction
About the Book:

Over 400,000 German prisoners of war have been brought to American during World War II. Young Edwin Horst is one of them. Captured in France after D-Day, he finds himself in a Michigan POW camp, threatened by hard-line Nazi prisoners, and gets unexpected help from the Grudens, a local German-American family. Doris Calloway, escaping her past, has come north from Kentucky to work in the nearby bomber factory. She rooms with the Grudens and falls in love with the troubled oldest son, Hans, back home from fighting the Japanese in the Pacific. Their lives intertwine inside and outside the barbed wire, with friends and lovers betrayed and reconciled.

About the Author:

John is the author of two novels of historical fiction: Braver Deeds and Prisoner Moon. John and Pam Simpson have been married since 1989. After living in Ann Arbor for 12 years, they moved to San Diego in 2001. John retired in March 2012 after a long career as a software engineer, including 11 years with Sony.

Zach Sheinberg
The Nominee
Zachary Sheinberg
Genre: Fiction
About the Book:

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, the President dies, leaving the party with no Presidential nominee and only 72 hours to choose one. Halfway around the world, as the Vice President finalizes a secret peace treaty with an old enemy, he learns the news. That he is now President of the United States. This despite the White House announcement that he would not seek reelection with the President. The new President assumes office as militants in Africa take American hostages and Israel discovers a new nuclear facility in Iran. As tensions escalate, the President finds himself in a political war against his fellow Democrats, many of whom will stop at nothing to become THE NOMINEE.

About the Author:

Zach grew up in northern New Jersey and now lives and works in New York City. In 2006, he ran for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th District. Since then he has advised several Congressional candidates on campaign strategy. Zach attended undergrad and business school at Wharton and law school at the University of Michigan.

Wilmont Kreis MD
The Corridor
Wilmont R. Kreis, '68, MD'72, MDRES'76
Genre: Fiction
About the Book: The Corridor is a fast paced novel based on medical fraud. In it, a gang of outright criminals defraud the medicare program of millions of dollars. They hire an unwitting foreign doctor to provide what actual care is provided at sham clinics, and more importantly to use his credentials for billing purposes, unbeknownst to him. Homeless folks from Detroit’s Cass Corridor are bribed to pose as patients, presenting medicare cards to be used to bill for services never rendered. The protagonist is Nicole, a medical “shopper,” who is hired by the government’s fraud busters to pose as a patient herself. Action ensues as the gangsters chase her down on the streets of Detroit.
About the Author:

Wilmont Kreis, M.D., is an orthopedist in Port Huron, Michigan. He has previously written eight historical novels, in a series called "The Allards", based on his own family's french-canadian history. His current book, The Corridor, is an action novel about medical fraud.

Alexandra Hoffman
Becoming Rebecca and other stories
Alexandra Hoffman
Genre: Fiction
About the Book:

Rebecca Lewisohn really didn't feel like going to dinner at Beryl and Ben's that night. She forced herself into the chilly March air simply because she had promised, and Rebecca kept her promises. And so it was that, because of a chance encounter at the home of friends, Rebecca's life suddenly changed course, sending her down a road on which her public persona and her private self collided, each fighting for supremacy over the other. And when it all came together, she found that every one of her relationships had changed dramatically -- not only those she had forged with friends and colleagues, but also, and most imporantly, her relationship with herself.

About the Author:

Alexandra Hoffman was born in Chicago and grew up in suburban Oak Park, Illinois. She is a freelance writer and editor and former partner in a creative agency. She lives and works in New York City.

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