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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Shane Gericke  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1956 in Frankfort, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Shane lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shane Gericke has been held at knifepoint, hit by lightning, and shaken the cold sweaty hand of Liberace. He was born to write thriller novels! His latest is Torn Apart, a finalist for the Thriller Award for Best Novel of 2010 by the International Thriller Writers organization, and named a Book of the Year by Suspense Magazine. Shane, whose last name is improbably pronounced YER-kee, spent 25 years as a newspaper editor, most prominently at the Chicago Sun-Times, before jumping into fiction. A founding member of International Thriller Writers, he has been chairman of the ThrillerFest literary festival in New York and founding director of its agent-author matching program AgentFest. He also belongs to Mystery Writers of America and the Chicago-based Society of Midland Authors. His novels—available in print and e-books—are in translation worldwide, and his national bestselling debut, Blown Away, was named the best debut mystery of 2006 by RT Book Reviews. He lives in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, the home of world-famous detective Dick Tracy, with whom Shane shares no resemblance except steely jaw and manly visage. He grew up in Frankfort, a south suburb of Chicago, and attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, majoring in journalism and winning the Illinois Journalist of the Year award. After graduating, he worked at the Moline Dispatch, the Joliet Herald-News, and the Chicago Sun-Times, all in Illinois. Check him out at [], and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Titles At Your Library

Cut to the Bone
ISBN: 0786018143

Pinnacle. 2007

Detective commander for the Naperville, Illinois, sheriff's office, Martin Benedetti, during a routine investigation, gets too close to a serial killer who, savagely mutilating his victims, threatens to destroy everything and everyone Martin loves. Original.

Blown Away
ISBN: 0786018135

Pinnacle Books. 2006

Working her first homicide case, rookie cop Emily Thompson comes face-to-face with a twisted serial killer who, determined to make her his greatest trophy, forces her into a nightmarish realm of unspeakable horror where she makes a shocking discovery that is linked to her own past. Original.

Torn Apart
ISBN: 0786020393

Pinnacle. 2010

When a wave of violence hits Naperville, Illinois, Detective Emily Thompson, determined to stop the crime spree, goes up against a maniacal killer who threatens to destroy everyone she knows and loves. Original.

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