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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gail Lukasik  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

Lukasik earned her M. A. and Ph. D. in Creative Writing/Poetry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught writing and literature courses at UIC, Roosevelt University and at other venues such as the Ragdale Foundation. She has resided in Lake County Illinois for over thirty years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gail Lukasik was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was a dancer with the Cleveland Civic Ballet Company. She has worked as a choreographer and a freelance writer. Lisel Mueller described her book of poems, Landscape Toward a Proper Silence, as a "splendid collection." She also has been published in over sixty literary journals and magazines, including The Georgie Review, Carolina Quarterly, The Writer magazine, and Ars Medica. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she taught writing and literature.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Destroying Angels: A Leigh Girard Mystery
ISBN: 1492936138

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2013

Determined to make a fresh start after beating cancer, Chicagoan Leigh Girard leaves a failed marriage and a teaching career and moves to Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. Her first assignment as a writer for the local newspaper is an obituary feature on Carl Peck, a carpenter who died suddenly while hospitalized. His widow is claiming medical negligence. But as Leigh looks into the story, she finds something far worse: possible murder. Leigh's suspicions are confirmed when it's discovered that Peck, an amateur naturalist, died from mushroom poisoning. The case turns even more puzzling when the Pecks' daughter attempts to take her own life shortly after her good friend, the local librarian, kills herself. In the process of solving Peck's murder, Leigh uncovers another murder committed twenty years earlier that links the past with the present. As she probes the heart of of a tragic mystery, Leigh learns the survival instincts that have carried her this far are about to be tested against a clever killer.

Death's Door (Leigh Girard Mystery)
ISBN: 1594147140

Five Star. 2009

Leigh Girard, a reporter for Wisconsin's "Door County Gazette," finds herself on the trail of a serial killer who targets young blond women after she descovers the body of his first victim.

The Lost Artist (Five Star Mystery Series)
ISBN: 1432825763

Five Star. 2012

Chicago performance artist Rose Caffrey is desperate to sell her sister's
nineteenth-century farmhouse in southern Illinois. She's haunted by her
sister's death from a fall inside the house.

But when Rose discovers three murals in an upstairs bedroom depicting
strange images of Native Americans and bizarre nineteenth-century land-
scapes, she becomes obsessed with knowing the artist's identity and the
meaning of the murals. Buried for over one hundred and seventy-five years
under wallpaper and paint, the murals hint at secrets tied to the old house,
the artist, and the nearby 1836 Trail of Tears Camp Ground Cemetery. Only
one mural remains to be uncovered. And Rose is convinced the hidden mural
holds the key to deciphering the other three.

As art restorer Alex Hague peels away the layers of wallpaper from the last
mural, Rose searches for the artist's identity. But all her discoveries only add
to the murals' mysteries.

What the last mural reveals launches Rose and Alex on a quest for one
of the greatest lost art treasures of sixteenth century America. Pursued by an
unknown adversary who seems to know their every move, they race across the
country hunting for the treasure. What Rose never expects to find are crimes
going back over four hundred years with the potential to transform American
history--if she can escape the fate of the other lost artists before her.

The Lost Artist is a fast-paced mystery thriller that shatters the very
foundation of American history. Beneath the layers of time lurks a truth worth
killing for.

Peak Season for Murder (A Leigh Girard Mystery)
ISBN: 1432827294

Five Star. 2013

Twenty-three years after the murder of local actress Danielle Moyer--whose body was never found--Door County Gazette reporter Leigh Girard investigates a more recent murder of a homeless man and a series of dangerous pranks plaguing the Bayside Theater.


  • Illinois Arts Council Award, ''"In Country"''

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