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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cari Lynn  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: in

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Illinois Connection

Lynn is a Chicago native.

Biographical and Professional Information

A Chicagoan-area native, Cari Lynn spent two years undercover on the trading floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to write the narrative nonfiction, ''Leg the Spread'', focusing on the handful of women traders who braved the vicious, high-stakes trading pits. In ''The Whistleblower'', Lynn wrote the story of police officer and UN peacekeeper Kathryn Bolkovac, who blew the whistle on a sex trafficking scandal (Bolkovac was recently honored in Chicago with the Rising Voice of Woman Award). Lynn's first novel (historical fiction) will be out February 25th from Penguin/Plume, entitled ''Madam: A Novel of New Orleans''. Lynn holds a Master's in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University and has taught at Loyola and Columbia College.

Published Works

  • Leg The Spread, Broadway Books, 2004
  • The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 - written with Kathryn Bolkovac
  • MADAM: A Novel of New Orleans, to be released by Penguin/Plume in February 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

The whistleblower :
ISBN: 0230108024. OCLC Number:

Palgrave Macmillan,. New York :. 2011.

"When Nebraska police officer and divorced mother of three Kathryn Bolkovac saw a recruiting announcement for private military contractor DynCorp International, she applied and was hired. Good money, world travel, and the chance to help rebuild a war-torn country sounded like the perfect job. Bolkovac was shipped out to Bosnia, where DynCorp had been contracted to support the UN peacekeeping mission. She was assigned as a human rights investigator, heading the gender affairs unit. The lack of proper training sounded the first alarm bell, but once she arrived in Sarajevo, she found out that things were a lot worse. At great risk to her personal safety, she began to unravel the ugly truth about officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution and their connections to private mercenary contractors, the UN, and the U.S. State Department. After bringing this evidence to light, Bolkovac was demoted, threatened with bodily harm, fired, and ultimately forced to flee the country under cover of darkness--bringing the incriminating documents with her. Thanks to the evidence she collected, she won a lawsuit against DynCorp, finally exposing them for what they were. This is her story and the story of the women left behind."--

Madam :
ISBN: 0142180629. OCLC Number:

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"New Orleans, 1897. Mary Deubler makes a meager living on Venus Alley, the illegal red light district. That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a legalized district of vice that's mockingly dubbed "Storyville" in his honor. Despite her looks and intelligence, Mary doesn't think she can make it on Basin Street, where girls turn tricks in plush, velvet wallpapered bordellos. But thanks to gumption, twists of fate, even a touch of voodoo, Mary rises above her hopeless lot to become the notorious Madam Josie Arlington. Filled with fascinating historical details and cameos by Jelly Roll Morton, Louie Armstrong, and photographer E.J. Bellocq, Madam is a fabulous romp through The Big Easy and the irresistible tale of a woman's rise to influence and infamy in a world ruled by men"--



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