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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jay Bonansinga  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Peoria, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Bonansinga was born in Peoria, Illinois and currently resides in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jay Bonansigna has a master's degree in film from Columbia College Chicago, and he currently resides in Evanston, Illinois. Jay is also a visiting professor at Northwestern University in their Creative Writing for the Media program.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0752803689

Orion. 1996

sometimes the cure is the curse

Head Case
ISBN: 0333661222

Simon & Schuster. 1998

ISBN: 0330376101

Pan. 2000

The Killer's Game
ISBN: 0786211326

Thorndike Pr. 1997

Informed by his doctors that he has merely a few months to live, Joe Flood, a hitman, puts out an open contract on his own life, but when he discovers that the lab made a mistake and that he is in perfect health, it is too late to call off the hit

The Sleep Police
ISBN: 0451202554

Signet. 2001

Ten years after an unsolved murder that had nearly destroyed his career, Detective Frank Janus begins to suspect that the killer has returned as a series of homicides seem to be linked to Frank's nightmares and unexplained blackouts. Original.

ISBN: 0333760832

Macmillan. 2000

ISBN: 0786017236

Pinnacle. 2005

Fear Never Dies.

Deep in the Alaskan wilderness, a mummified body is discovered in the ice, the victim of a bizarre ritualistic killing that happened nearly six thousand years ago. For journalist Maura County, this story is her ticket to the big time--if she can get the help of the FBI's top criminal profiler.

Special Agent Ulysses Grove is the best of the best--a born manhunter. He's also a man on the edge, haunted by both personal tragedy and a recent spate of horrific, unsolved homicides. Now, in a remote lab, he's about to make a shocking discovery. Everything about the prehistoric murderer--signature, M.O., the tiniest of details--matches up to the serial killer who has eluded Grove for months.

As past and present collide, County and Grove are plunged into a nightmare journey that will take them into the darkest reaches of the human heart as they try to stop a cycle of evil as eternal and powerful as time itself. . .

Praise For Frozen

"A captivating novel of cold and meticulous suspense." -- Robert W. Walker, author of Absolute Instinct

"Frozen will chill you to the bone!" -- J. A. Konrath, author of Bloody Mary

"A relentless chiller that leaves you guessing and gasping again and again."

The Sinking Of The Eastland: America's Forgotten Tragedy
ISBN: 0806526483

Citadel. 2005

Chicago, Saturday, July 24, 1915: Over two thousand Western Electric employees and their families, dressed in their finest, arrive early at the riverfront to board the Eastland, a bold and breathtaking steamship. The boat is scheduled to ferry its passengers to the annual company picnic in Michigan City. Suddenly, as it sits in port, the Eastland begins to list. While thousands of people watch in horror, the ship rolls to its side and silently capsizes, killing a staggering 844 people... The Eastland tragedy was witnessed by nearly 10,000 bystanders and claimed more lives than the infamous Chicago Fire. Taking place in broad daylight on the city's bustling wharfside, it was a heartbreaking maritime disaster that sorrowfully echoed the sinking of the luxury liner Titanic just three years earlier. But the victims of this terrible mishap weren't among the world's most rich and famous. They were everyday people who worked hard for the right to enjoy a day's pleasure. They did not know that for many aboard, this day would be their last. And the only thing more shocking than the event that took their lives is the fact that it has been all but forgotten. Until now...

ISBN: 0786017244

Pinnacle. 2006

FBI profiler Ulysses Grove's escape to a peaceful rural retreat is shattered by a new case that thrusts him back into the harrowing world of serial killers--and a fight against evil that will take him to the edge of sanity and into the very eye of mortal danger. . .


In the heart of New Orleans, a serial killer is at work. While the city struggles to rebuild, he seeks only to destroy. His victims are offerings, surrounded by objects as mysterious as the French Quarter itself. For Special Agent Ulysses Grove the case is personal. The latest victim, a respected Tulane professor, was also a dear friend whose death holds startling clues to this madness. As Grove and journalist Maura County pore through cold cases and the dead man's half-destroyed notes, a terrifying truth begins to unfold: a Mayan expedition gone wrong, an ancient civilization, ritual human sacrifices, and a serial killer who has tapped the secrets of indestructible power.

Now, as a storm season threatens the Gulf Coast, Grove is on the hunt for a twisted psychopath with a deep connection to his own past--one who sees Grove as the ultimate trophy. . .

ISBN: 0786018771

Pinnacle. 2007

Finalist for ITW's 2008 Thriller Award in Best Paperback Original.

FBI profiler Ulysses Grove is sure he's this close to trapping a serial killer . . . but the killer is planning a gruesome surprise that will come far too close to home. . .

The Image Of Murder

The Mississippi Ripper likes to work in pairs--of victims. For every dead body laid to waste, a second one faces it, a grotesque mirror image of terror and torment. Special Agent Ulysses Grove thinks he knows the method to the killer's madness. But grasping the twisted logic behind the brutal slayings propels him onto a path of danger--to him and to everything he holds dear.

Pushed to the limit, Grove's only hope is to dig deep into his own past. But this is one serial killer with powerful resources--and Grove's worst fears are already one step ahead of him. . .

"M. Night Shyamalan, meet Harlan Coben."--David Ellis

Praise For Twisted

"Scarily real and really scary--everything a great thriller should be."--Lee Child Praise For Frozen

"A thrilling, beautifully paced skyrocket of a novel."--Peter Straub "A relentless chiller that leaves you guessing and gasping again and again."--David Morrell "An author of impressive range, depth, and audacity." --Chicago Tribune

Perfect Victim
ISBN: 078601878X

Pinnacle. 2008

"A nail-biting thrill ride." €“James Rollins A slashed female corpse. . .a footprint, a tire track. . .a trail of blood in a crowded shopping mall. Even the most jaded cops are horrified by the carnage. But to seasoned FBI profiler Ulysses Grove, the evidence spells out a much more personal message--a threat that speaks to Grove alone. . . Meticulous Killer. . . He chooses his victims with care. He plans their murders with painstaking precision he studies the most notorious slayers. He's gone to extremes to achieve his goals--committed to fulfilling his destiny as history's greatest serial killer... With precious lives at stake, and his very soul on the line, Grove throws himself into the chase--and into a trap from which there's no escape... Praise for Jay Bonansinga and his novels "A gripping, compulsively readable thriller." --Joseph Finder "A first-rate suspense thriller as compelling as