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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

  • Landscape Toward a Proper Silence, Eye of the Comet Press, 1992
  • Destroying Angels, Five Star Publishing, 2006
  • Death's Door, Five Star Publishing, 2009
  • The Lost Artist, Five Star Publishing, 2012
  • Peak Season for Murder, Five Star Publishing, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Destroying angels /
ISBN: 1492936138. OCLC Number:

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Leigh Girard, a recent teacher and cancer survivor, has moved to the quiet town of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin to heal from all her recent traumas. She has taken a job with a local newspaper as a reporter and is working on a case involving the suspicious death of a local man. She gets too involved with the case, however, and someone is now trying to kill her.

Death's door /
ISBN: 1594147140. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. ©2009.

On the eve of tourist season in the resort community of Door County, Wisconsin, a killer is targeting young blood women, leaving their strangled bodies along the desolate Mink River.

The lost artist /
ISBN: 1432825763. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 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 landscapes, 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."--Jacket.

Peak season for murder /
ISBN: 1432827294. OCLC Number:

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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"

    Speaking Engagements

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