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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael A. Black  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

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Illinois Connection

Michael lives in Blue Island. For the past twenty-seven years has been a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Black has worked in various capacities in police work including patrol supervisor, tactical squad, investigations, raid team member, and SWAT team leader. He is currently a sergeant on the Matteson, Illinois Police Department.

Published Works

  • A Killing Frost, Gale Group, 2002
  • Windy City Knights, Five Star, 2004
  • The Heist, Five Star, 2005
  • A Final Judgement: A Ron Shade Novel, Five Star, 2006
  • Freeze Me Tender, Five Star, 2006
  • Random Victim, Leisure Books, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

A killing frost /
ISBN: 0786243090. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 2002.

Former cop Ron Shade investigates the disappearance of a client's fianceĢ while preparing for a karate bout.

Windy city knights :
ISBN: 1410401901. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 2004.

Detective Ron Shade bumps into his former lover, Paula Kittermann, and he lets her back into his life. But then she's gone again, leaving him with only bittersweet memories of what might have been. Then Paula turns up dead. Though shocked, Shade moves on with his life until Paula's young cousin, Laurie, shows up in Chicago, asking him to look into the matter. Shade's investigation begins to attract the attention of some very powerful enemies. Whenever Shade gets close to the truth, somebody seems to end up dead, and he suddenly finds himself the prime suspect in a homicide investigation. Working to clear himself and find out who killed Paula, Shade goes up against some redoubtable foes who will stop at nothing to ensure his search for the truth won't be completed.

The heist /
ISBN: 1594142777. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 2005.

Gulf War vets Lincoln Jackson and Rick Weaver fantasize about pulling off a big heist at a bank in the Chicago Loop.

A final judgment :
ISBN: 1594144265. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 2006.

Shade, an ex-cop turned PI, reluctantly takes work from his least favorite kind of client, a lawyer, and from the police lieutenant who helped boot him off the force. Lieutenant Bielmaster wants Shade to keep a paroled ex-con away from Bielmaster's daughter, hinting that Shade might get reinstated in the PD in return. Defense attorney Rick Walters recruits Shade's help on a civil wrongful death suit, an attempt to get a measure of justice for a murdered woman.

Freeze me, tender /
ISBN: 1594144710. OCLC Number:

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Years ago a rock-and-roll star was cryogenically frozen after his premature death. Now a series of murders makes magazine reporter Harry Bauer wonder if the rock star is really dead or not. Many twists and turns appear in this mystery and Harry's life is in the balance.

Random victim /
ISBN: 084395986X. OCLC Number:

Dorchester ;. New York :. 2008.

When he is assigned to lead a special task force in solving the high-profile murder of Miriam Walker, Sergeant Frank Leal, recovering from the death of his partner, discovers that there are a lot of people who don't want the case solved.



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