WGN'S Rick Kogan interviews Cheryl on his program, After Hours
New thrillers and mysteries: CNY books and authors: "Dangerous Addiction"
Using a fictional noir style, Reed tells a story of the young, affluent, and addicted in "Poison Girls." Set in Chicago, 2008, the story follows a reporter who uncovers political motivations behind the drug epidemic.
Fully Booked post on "Making Characters Genuine"
When I met Theodore on the needle exchange truck, he wore a dirty ski vest and a candy necklace—the kind with little sugary o’s that you bite off. Only it was harder for Theodore to chew on his necklace because he had only a single jagged front tooth. Maybe it was because I’d worn that same kind of necklace when I was nine years old or maybe it was because I was two inches taller and had fifty pounds on the guy, but I didn’t hesitate to follow Theodore when he offered to show me the heroin house he ran near the El tracks on the South Side of Chicago.....
Bolo Books post on "Telling the Story of Heroin and Girls"
Every crime novelist comes to the genre by way of their own unique navigation. My map starts when I was a street reporter, vicariously living through my subjects, using my job to infiltrate subcultures and soak up their secrets. When I was a newspaper crime reporter—back in the day when people read newspapers—my work provided access to the macabre and the maddening. I interviewed mothers who forced their babies to drink Draino, love-struck girls whose boyfriends convinced them to kill strangers for their sneakers, and teenage serial killers who detailed their crimes with dry eyes.
Lincoln Towing Refunds Author Who Had Car Towed Away From Her Book Party (It's a Chicago victory!)
CHICAGO — An author who said Lincoln Towing Service illegally grabbed her car while she celebrated the publication of her book got her money back — all $218 — from the notorious company.
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