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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Doug Cummings  

Pen Name: None



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Illinois Connection

Doug lives in suburban Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Doug has been a deputy sheriff, a video journalist, a television and radio reporter and a security consultant. He covered crime and breaking news in Chicago for nearly twenty years, first at the former WMAQ Radio and then WGN Radio and CNN. Doug holds a Bachelors degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and a Masters degree from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

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Titles At Your Library

Deader by the Lake: A Reno McCarthy Thriller
ISBN: 0595659926

iUniverse. 2003

How do you solve a murder nobody wants solved and catch a killer nobody wants caught?

When a woman with explosive secrets is murdered, City Hall orders a cover up. But fired TV reporter Reno McCarthy has never been politically correct. Reno's out for justice and he won't back off---even if it means a showdown with a brutal manipulator intent on turning Chicago into a branch office of the Russian mob.

Reno's city is on the verge of a 21st Century mob war one that will make the Roaring Twenties seem like a cap gun fight.

It's summer in Chicago. It's supposed to be cooler by the lake.

Not this summer.

". . .complex, fast-paced. . .snappy."
--Barbara D'Amato, past President, Mystery Writers of America

"Crisp, street-wise dialogue. Cummings pulls no punches."
--John Drummond, author of Thirty Years in the Trenches:Covering Crooks, Characters and Capers

". . .a crime spree all by itself. It has politics, sleaze and sleazy politics. It's peopled by cops, hookers, gangsters and even nastier types like radio hosts and senators. And Doug Cummings knows the territory."
--Sam Reaves, author of Dooley's Back

Every Secret Crime (Five Star Mystery Series)
ISBN: 1594146659

Five Star. 2008

Book by Cummings, Doug M.

Easy Evil
ISBN: 1626464545, Inc.. 2013

Switching jobs from federal agent to suburban deputy police chief should mean rubber chicken lunches and golf every Friday. But, when a judge and her daughter are gunned down, Harry Cork must hunt their killer...and his investigation leads from the quiet 'burbs to the murderous heart of a multimillion dollar conspiracy. The debut of an action-stoked new police series from the bestselling author of Deader by the Lake and Every Secret Crime.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability Doug is available as a speaker on a wide variety of topics from books to security and personal safety. Requests for speaking engagements should be directed to his publicist, Carol Haggas at