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Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Craft  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Born: 1950 in Elgin, Illinois


-- Michael Craft on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=michael+craft


Illinois Connection

Born in Elgin, Illinois and worked for the Chicago Tribune in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Graduated from the University of Illinois.


Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Bitch slap /
ISBN: 0312305303. OCLC Number: 55067579

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Boy toy
ISBN: 9781480433946. OCLC Number: 854852066

Open Road Media,. .

Journalist Mark Manning's Midwestern hometown closes ranks against him when his nephew is suspected of murder For Mark Manning, running the local paper in his Wisconsin hometown is a refreshing change from his life as a hard-charging reporter for the Chicago Journal. Together with his partner, architect Neil Waite, he's settling into scenic, sleepy Dumont, whose inhabitants have welcomed them into their fold. Until Manning's nephew becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. Teenagers Thad Quatrain and Jason Thrush alternated the lead role in the community theatre's production of Teen Play. Now Jason lies dead in his bedroom, the victim of mushroom poisoning. Amid rumors that Thad threatened to kill Jason, the town begins to turn against him. As a sweltering summer draws to an end, a shocking revelation has tempers seething--and threatening to boil over. A novel about sexual identity, desire, and the lies we tell ourselves, Boy Toy explores the secret passions that war within the human heart.

Boy toy :
ISBN: 0312287097. OCLC Number: 50211804

St. Martin's Press,. .

Desert autumn /
ISBN: 0312280343. OCLC Number: 48084192

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

When theater director and occasional sleuth Claire Gray accepts an academic position at Desert Arts College, her new job becomes dangerous when she discovers the murdered wife of a fellow faculty member and delves into the case, putting her own life at risk.

Desert spring /
ISBN: 0312320809. OCLC Number: 53099056

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Working to establish a new theater department at a Palm Springs college, Claire Gray decides to challenge her students by staging a play written by a Hollywood film producer, but when the playwright is murdered, she discovers a host of possible suspects.

Desert winter /
ISBN: 031230501X. OCLC Number: 50670508

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Former Broadway director and new Palm Springs theatrical director Claire Gray finds herself unwittingly involved in the murder investigation of an antiques collector, a case in which Claire's friend, Grant, has been accused.

Flight dreams /
ISBN: 1575668548. OCLC Number: 47664344

Kensington Books,. .

With three months to go before heiress Helen Carter is declared dead--and her fortune turned over to the archdiocese of Chicago--reporter Mark Manning has a hunch, perhaps she is a prisoner against her will. Manning's first stop, a Catholic community in Arizona.

Flight dreams :
ISBN: 9781480433960. OCLC Number: 854852071

Open Road Media,. .

With three months to go before heiress Helen Carter is declared dead--and her fortune turned over to the archdiocese of Chicago--reporter Mark Manning has a hunch, perhaps she is a prisoner against her will. Manning's first stop, a Catholic community in Arizona.

Hot spot /
ISBN: 0312289006. OCLC Number: 48851093

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Mark Manning investigates a suspicious death that occurs at the wedding reception of his best friend, attorney Roxanne Exner and Carl Creighton, the Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois.

Name games /
ISBN: 0312270798. OCLC Number: 48181115

St. Martin's,. .

Name games :
ISBN: 9781480433977. OCLC Number: 854852078

Open Road Media,. .

Journalist Mark Manning delves into the bizarre world of miniatures ... and finds a king-sized case of murder. Front-page news in the quiet town of Dumont, Wisconsin, where former Chicago reporter Mark Manning runs the town's Daily Register, involves the annual exhibition of the Midwest Miniatures Society and new zoning laws for an adult bookstore. But murder becomes the headline when King of Miniatures Carrol Cantrell, the nation's foremost expert, is found strangled in the guesthouse of a local shop owner. It seems Cantrell was leading a double life. He was having an affair with Doug Pierce, Dumont's closeted sheriff and a good friend of Manning's. With a blackmail note pointing to his guilt, Pierce soon becomes the prime suspect. Enlisting the help of colleagues, friends, and his lover, Neil, Manning races to clear Pierce's name ... and finds himself enmeshed in the seething rivalries and vicious back-stabbing that characterize the cutthroat worlds of miniatures and pornography. With suspects ranging from a gay-bashing feminist to a renowned French craftsman of miniatures, Manning unearths a hotbed of damning secrets someone has killed--and could kill again--to keep.