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General Information

Name:  Jack Clark  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Jack Clark has lived and worked in Chicago his entire life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Clark is an award-winning journalist, an acclaimed novelist, a singer-songwriter and a Chicago cab driver. He wrote for the weekly paper the ''Chicago Reader'' years ago, but left journalism for the world of writing fiction and picking up fares. Clark has been driving cabs for 30 years and written three books. His story caught the eye of ''Fresh Air'' contributor Dave Davies, who drove a cab in Philadelphia before entering journalism.

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Titles At Your Library

Westerfield's Chain
ISBN: 031228960X

Minotaur Books. 2002

It was another nothing case. That's the only kind private eye Nick Acropolis seemed to get lately. But this one leads to Westerfield's Pharmacy, which sits in the heart of Chicago's West Side ghetto, surrounded by ruins.

Nick was a real cop years ago, a homicide detective, and there's something about the drugstore that gets the old juices flowing. There's no customers for one thing. No pharmacist either, and nobody seems to know where the boss, Eugene Westerfield, has gone.

And then Becky Westerfield shows up. She's taken a sudden leave from medical school to look for her father, who didn't call on her 25th birthday. Becky knows something must be wrong. Eugene Westerfield would never forget.

Becky and Nick join forces, going from one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country to one of its wealthiest suburbs. They visit housing projects, the morgue, and a decrepit nursing home, hidden away between railroad lines.

Becky discovers a city she never knew existed, and Nick surveys some depressing old haunts. Together, they eventually find Eugene Westerfield. But along the way they stumble into an intricate scheme of fraud and murder. Becky discovers that her father isn't the man she'd thought he was.

With a plot reminiscent of Graham Greene's The Third Man and inspired by real events, Chicago native Jack Clark has crafted a winning first mystery.

On the Home Front: My Mother's Story of Everyday American Life from Prohibition Through WW II

Plume, Paperback(2002). 2002

On the Home Front - A Mother's Story of Everyday American Life from Prohibition through World War II (02) by Clark, Mary Jo - Clark, Jack [Paperback (2002)]

Nobody's Angel (Hard Case Crime)
ISBN: 0843963271

Hardcase Crime. 2010

While Chicago cabbie Eddie Miles drives the city streets late at night, two killers--one targeting prostitutes, the other cab drivers--stalk the shadows, and one night, Eddie sees one of them in action. Reissue. 150,000 first printing.

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