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General Information

Name:  Ron Levitsky  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: Chicago, Il

-- Ron Levitsky on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Ronald lives in Northbrook.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ron Levitsky retired (2009) as an educator, after teaching middle school social studies for twenty-seven years at Sunset Ridge School in Northfield.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The WISDOM OF SERPENTS (A Nate Rosen Mystery)
ISBN: 0684194112

Charles Scribner's Sons. 1992

Civil rights lawyer Nate Rosen travels to Tennessee to defend the minister of a local church who is charged with murdering a young believer in a venomous ritual

Stone Boy (A Nate Rosen Mystery)
ISBN: 0684195542

Scribner. 1993

Saul True Sky loves his homeland in the Black Hills country of South Dakota. He will do almost anything to protect the sacred ancestral burial ground that lies on his property. His son, Will, shares none of his father's passion for tradition. A greedy man with little imagination, Will has bargained away a holy medicine bag found among some skeletal remains on True Sky's land.
True Sky will do what he must to keep the medicine bag. He will also do whatever is necessary to stop gambling interests from building an access road across his ranch. The people of Bear Coat, who want gambling, can't have it without True Sky's road.
When a man is found murdered on True Sky's land, with True Sky sitting quietly nearby, the town is only too happy to believe that he is the killer. It's rather convenient to throw True Sky in jail while the access road issue is under debate. With the old man out of the way, his family can be pressured to give permission.
Nate Rosen, a civil liberties lawyer from Washington, D.C., called in to handle the case, is not about to let Saul True Sky or his family be pressured into anything. As Rosen is drawn into the lives of these South Dakotan Native Americans and learns about True Sky's family and heritage, he ponders his own connections - to his faith, his father, his ex-wife, and, most of all, to the daughter who is adjusting to her new stepfather.
In his third novel of suspense, author Ronald Levitsky evokes the range and power of Tony Hillerman's Native American terrain as he brings his own unique voice to a brilliant story of people struggling to understand each other in a difficult world they are called upon to share.

The Love That Kills
ISBN: 0451403746

Berkley. 1993

Northern civil rights attorney Nate Rosen arrives in Virginia to defend a militant racist whose gun was found near the recently murdered body of a Vietnamese prostitute. Reprint.

The Truth That Kills
ISBN: 0451404017

Onyx. 1994

In the town of Earlyville, Tennessee, Nate Rosen, a Jewish lawyer from the North, matches wits with a local D.A. and investigates the mystery of a pretty widow with many men in her life. Reprint.

The INNOCENCE THAT KILLS (A Nate Rosen Mystery)
ISBN: 0684197073

Scribner. 1994

When civil rights lawyer Nate Rosen returns to Chicago to try a case and spend time with his fifteen-year-old daughter, he finds himself embroiled in the possible molestation of one of his daughter's schoolmates by a teacher and the murder of another young girl

The Spirit That Kills
ISBN: 0451405404

Onyx. 1995

Civil rights lawyer Nate Rosen investigates the case of an elderly Native American pressured to sell his land to accommodate gambling interests and finds himself trapped in a labyrinth of homicide, prejudice, greed, and the ghosts of the dead. Reprint.


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