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General Information

Name:  Lynn Kear  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1957 in Streator, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

I was born in Streator, Illinois in 1957 and moved to St. Charles, Illinois with my family in 1969. After graduating from St. Charles High School, I attended Elgin Community College, Aurora College, and Northern Illinois University. I moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1983 and eventually earned my Ph. D. at Georgia State University in 1989. I now reside in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Biographical and Professional Information

I write non-fiction, specializing in film and theater biographies, and crime fiction. In addition to writing, I teach Public Speaking at the college level.

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Titles At Your Library

Killing Rosa (A Kell Digby Crime Novel) (Volume 2)
ISBN: 0615945856

Grey Fedora Books. 2014

Killing Rosa is the sequel to the award-winning crime novel, Black-Hearted Bitch. Former hit man Kell Digby, eager for a distraction after her girlfriend Gretchen dumps her, is hired by ex-boss Rosa to take out a business competitor in Miami. The simple hit turns complicated, and Kell is forced to match wits with a dangerous foe.

Black-Hearted Bitch (A Kell Digby Crime Novel) (Volume 1)
ISBN: 0615855539

Grey Fedora Books. 2013

Hit man Kell Digby has been killing for so long she's become bored. Sent from Chicago to Atlanta for a routine hit, the assignment goes bad. Brutally betrayed, she's content to nurse her wounds until she's lured back to life with an irresistible con game involving a sister she never knew she had. BLACK-HEARTED BITCH is hard-boiled noir. It is the first title in the Kell Digby Crime Novel series.

Relative Innocence
ISBN: 1481012290

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2013

Professor Douglas Milbank turns a private school into a bloody murder scene when he kills his wife and three others before escaping. His eighteen-year-old son Jackson is guilt-ridden, thinking he could have prevented the massacre. Insurance agent Wade Helinski is suspected of killing two of his wives. Everyone except his daughter Casey believes he's guilty. Casey and Jackson accidentally meet in attorney Meredith Carlson's office and begin a dangerous affair that spins their lives further out of control. Relative Innocence is a dark, suspenseful mystery about a spree killer's son, a suspected serial killer's daughter, and the attorney who befriends them. Like TIGHTER, TIGHTER, Lynn Kear's previous award-winning novel, RELATIVE INNOCENCE is set in St. James, a small Illinois suburb nestled on the banks of a river.

Tighter, Tighter
ISBN: 1468089412

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2012

Eighteen-year-old Kath Branch disappeared from St. James, Illinois in 1975. That same night, local sandwich shop owner Billy Carlson was gunned down and dumped in the St. James River. This cold case is personal for prosecutor Meredith Carlson. Billy was her husband's father. Convinced she's solved the case, Meredith lures the now legendary rock star back to her hometown for the first time since she left thirty-five years ago. Meredith has no idea she's about to unearth shocking secrets about herself, her husband, and her family.

Murder in a Buckhead Garden
ISBN: 1933720786

P.D. Publishing, Inc.. 2010

Murder in a Buckhead Garden features beautiful and famous Nicole Westlake, a high-end residential gardener in Atlanta, Georgia. Wealthy Buckhead resident Bob Thigpen III is shot to death in his garden by a mysterious, veiled woman, leaving Nicole the only witness. Nicole is intimately and dangerously drawn into the Thigpen world when Stephanie Grace, a detective working the case, informs Nicole that the police received a call implicating Nicole and Abbie, Bob's estranged wife. It's soon realized that there is more to the Thigpens than meets the eye. Can the murder be solved before Nicole becomes the murderer's next target?

Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook
ISBN: 0786443634

McFarland. 2009

Evelyn Brent's life and career were going quite well in 1928. She was happily living with writer Dorothy Herzog following her divorce from producer Bernard Fineman, and the tiny brunette had wowed fans and critics in the silent films The Underworld and The Last Command. She'd also been a sensation in Paramount's first dialogue film, Interference. But by the end of that year Brent was headed for a quick, downward spiral ending in bankruptcy and occasional work as an extra. What happened is a complicated story laced with bad luck, poor decisions, and treachery detailed in this first and only full-length biography.

The Complete Kay Francis Career Record: All Film, Stage, Radio and Television Appearances
ISBN: 0786431989

McFarland. 2008

This book is the definitive guide to the film, stage, radio and television career of Kay Francis, one of the most glamorous stars from the golden age of Hollywood. For each film, the authors provide a thorough synopsis plus cast and crew information (including biographies), opening dates, production notes, behind-the-scenes details, and reviews. In addition, information is provided on her stage, radio, and television appearances, and a section is devoted to collecting Kay Francis memorabilia, including such items as cigarette cards, sheet music, and soundtracks. Also covered is the stage and vaudeville career of Kay Francis' mother, Katherine Clinton. A brief biography of Kay Francis is provided, along with an insightful foreword by film scholar James Robert Parish. Truly a treasure trove for Kay Francis fans and anyone interested in classic filmmaking in the 1930s and 1940s, the book includes more than 130 illustrations, many of them rare.

Kay Francis: A Passionate Life and Career
ISBN: 0786423668

McFarland. 2006

Kay Francis came of age in the Roaring Twenties and relished the era's hedonistic pursuits. Her career as an actress was launched at the same time, and before her death in 1968, she had appeared on many theater stages, in more than 60 films, on radio, in USO tours, as a model, and on television. The tall, stylish actress had a husky voice and dark beauty that was striking on film. Despite her financial success, relaxed morals, and life as a socialite, the millionaire actress shunned luxuries such as limousines and sprawling estates popular among Hollywood elite. The actress, who insisted she wanted to be forgotten, left behind scrapbooks, boxes of memorabilia and detailed diaries. These rich resources help provide an exhaustive look at the life of one of Hollywood's most intriguing early stars. Francis' biography is the heart of this book, beginning with her family background and her upbringing by a vaudevillian actress mother. The story of her extensive career and never-ending romantic pursuits is peppered with comments from the media and her own diaries, and supplemented with ample photographs. A chronology gives dates of theater openings, film releases, marriages, television and radio appearances, births and deaths. A filmography includes complete cast and credit lists.

We're Here: An Investigation Into Gay Reincarnation
ISBN: 0966811208

Retropolitan. 1999

This book, the first of its kind, is a guide to reincarnation. You will read true stories about souls who have reincarnated as gay men and lesbians. You will also learn:

What is reincarnation and who believes in it?

What do scholars, researchers, and others say about the connection between reincarnation and sexuality?

What do gay individuals believe about reincarnation?

Reincarnation: A Selected Annotated Bibliography (Bibliographies and Indexes in Religious Studies)
ISBN: 0313295972

Greenwood. 1996

Over 500 books are described. Each entry includes full bibliographic information, a description of the contents, and additionally, in most cases, an excerpt is included that gives the flavor of the book. Pro- and anti-reincarnation sources are featured for this highly controversial subject. An appendix lists organizations that are concerned with reincarnation. This will be of interest to religious scholars and students and anyone interested in this fascinating topic.

Agnes Moorehead: A Bio-Bibliography (Bio-Bibliographies in the Performing Arts)
ISBN: 0313281556

Greenwood. 1992

This bio-bibliography provides an overview of the life and career of the noted actress Agnes Moorehead. A brief biography discusses her midwestern upbringing as well as her academic background and early struggles in establishing her career. The biography also discusses Moorehead's later career successes in addition to her professional and personal relationships. The largest portion of the book is devoted to detailed listings of her work in film, television, radio and theatre. In many cases, these listings include synopses, cast listings and credits, review excerpts, and other information.

Her most celebrated appearances are described and discussed at length. These appearances include the films, Citizen Kane and Magnificent Ambersons television programs, The Twilight Zone, The Wild, Wild West, and Bewitched radio shows The March of Time, The Shadow, and Sorry, Wrong Number and her one-woman stage production as well as her work in Don Juan in Hell. This work is a valuable addition to the performing arts series.

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