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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Raleigh  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Raleigh is a lifelong Chicagoan. He grew up on the north side of Chicago, spending the first 11 years in the neighborhood around old Riverview amusement park, a neighborhood that is the setting for his novel ''In the Castle of the Flynns''. The family later moved to the area now called Wrigleyville. Michael attended DePaul Academy for high school, and then attended DePaul University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in English literature, with a minor in American history.

Biographical and Professional Information

The author of eight novels, Raleigh has received four Illinois Arts Council awards for fiction. He is an emeritus professor of English and History of the City Colleges, currently teaching at DePaul.

Published Works

  • Death in Uptown, St. Martin`s Press, 1991
  • A Body in Belmont Harbor, St. Martin`s Press, 1993
  • The Maxwell Street Blues, St. Martin`s Press, 1994
  • Killer on Argyle Street, St. Martin`s Press, 1995
  • The Riverview Murders, St. Martin`s Press, 1997
  • In the Castle of the Flynns, Sourcebooks, 2002
  • The Blue Moon Circus, Sourcebooks, 2003
  • The Conjurer's Boy, Harvard Square Editions, 2012
  • Peerless Detective, Diversion Books, 2015

Selected Titles At Your Library

Death in uptown /
ISBN: 0595093418. OCLC Number:

ToExcel Press, an imprint of,. New York :. 2000.

A body in Belmont Harbor /
ISBN: 059509340X. OCLC Number:

ToExcel Press, an imprint of,. San Jose :. ©2000, 1993.

The Maxwell Street blues /
ISBN: 0595093426. OCLC Number:

ToExcel Press, an imprint of,. San Jose :. ©2000, 1994.

Killer on Argyle Street /
ISBN: 0595093434. OCLC Number:

ToExcel Press, an imprint of,. San Jose, CA :. 2000, ©1995.

The Riverview murders :
ISBN: 0312156413. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 1997.

Margaret O'Mara hasn't seen her brother in thirty years, when he was running a bar in Florida with an old war buddy. When the buddy turns up dead on a Chicago pier, P.I. Paul Whelan turns up a group of World War II pals and a forty-year old unsolved murder in the ruined amusement park at Chicago's Riverview Park.

In the castle of the Flynns :
ISBN: 0425190366. OCLC Number:

Berkley Books,. New York :. 2003.

The Blue Moon Circus :
ISBN: 1402202385. OCLC Number:

Sourcebooks Landmark,. Naperville, Ill. :. ©2002.

Although he is a circus man through and through, Lewis Tully has not been in the business since he was wiped out by a flood in 1919. When a poker game generates a fair amount of cash, he decides to give it one more go. From across the country, he summons veteran performers to create a small but special circus with unique acts, including an ancient magician, a lonely giant, and an ailing clown, not to mention an outgoing red gorilla and a bellicose camel. Perhaps his most difficult task, though, is to take care of a nine-year-old orphan put in his care. Lewis then sets off to thrill the inhabitants of small western towns, many of whom have never seen a circus.

The conjurer's boy /
ISBN: 0983321663. OCLC Number:

Harvard Square Editions,. New York :. ©2012.

Peerless detective /
ISBN: 1626817804. OCLC Number:

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"Home from the war, Billy Fox leaves Michigan for Chicago, hoping to find his ex-girlfriend, Rita--now another man's wife. Chicago isn't a town that takes kindly to strangers, and Billy finds himself barely scraping by, working odd jobs and living in squalor among convicts and other men that the city hasn't spit out just yet. A chance encounter lands him a job with Harry Strummer, the streetwise owner of the Peerless Detective Agency. At Harry's oddball agency, Billy hones his skills, learning how to stake out a mark, find a bug, and spot a tail. Odd life lessons and unexpected romance come his way. But as he searches for Rita, an even bigger mystery comes along, one that puts Harry, and Billy with him, in the crosshairs." --


Fellow of Illinois Arts Council 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1989

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Raleigh has given programs on all aspects of writing fiction, finding an agent, dealing with publishers and surviving the creative process in one piece. As a former instructor of Chicago History at Truman College, he has also given talks on little-known features of life in Chicago in the 1800s and on the Great Chicago Fire.

Contact Information

Agent - Danielle Egan-Miller Browne Multimedia Product Development, Inc. 410 S. Michigan Ave., Room 724 Chicago, Illinois 60605