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Samuel Allen Salter

Born: 1954 in Crawfordsville, Indiana
Pen Name: Sam Reaves, Dominic Martell

Connection to Illinois: Salter has lived in Chicago or the greater Chicago area for most of his life. He currently resides in Evanston. His Sam Reaves books are set in Chicago.

Biography: Samuel Salter has worked as a teacher and a translator. He speaks five languages fluently. He was president of the Midwest Chapger of the Mystery Writers of America from 2001 - 2003. His books are written under the pen names of Sam Reaves and Dominic Martell.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

A long cold fall /
ISBN: 0399135650 OCLC: 21520531

Putnam, New York : ©1991.

Bury it deep /
ISBN: 0380722666 OCLC: 31752759

Avon Books, New York : 1994, ©1993.

Accompanying a friend to a midnight rendezvous with a nervous informant, Chicago cabbie and sometime investigator Cooper MacLeish finds the contact's dead body instead, and uncovers a scandalous conspiracy involving dirty politics and the mob.

Cold black earth /
ISBN: 1503944344 OCLC: 917624040

When Rachel Lindstrom fled from her rural hometown in western Illinois to join the State Department and see the world, she never expected to return with her life in tatters. But after the horrors of war and a painful divorce, the only place where she can rebuild is the town she once escaped. At home, however, there is little comfort. Her brother, still reeling from his wife's suicide, struggles to run the family farm and handle a hell-raising son. Rachel's arrival also draws a pair of rival suitors: her brother's handsome friend and a rough-hewn sheriff's deputy who pined for her in high school. Romance is the last thing on Rachel's mind, but a little comfort would be nice--except for the complications. When a deranged killer escapes from a local prison, the far-flung farmsteads go on high alert--especially when the bodies start turning up. And in a county where the miles outnumber the people, it soon becomes clear that the madman is close behind Rachel.

Fear will do it /
ISBN: 0399137246 OCLC: 24380196

G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York : ©1992.

Get what's coming /
ISBN: 0399140182 OCLC: 30976804

G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York : ©1995.

Chicago philosopher Cooper MacLeish, who gave up taxi driving to chauffeur a millionaire's limo, goes after the killers of his new boss's son. The son, a rocker, was framed in the theft of $1 million in drug money, then killed so he could not talk to police.

Gitana /
ISBN: 0752844822 OCLC: 48235978

Orion, London : 2001

Homicide 69 /
ISBN: 0786718129 OCLC: 76919144

Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York : 2007.

Mike Dooley is smart, tough and a pain in the neck. He's an obstacle to the go-along, get along approach to law enforcement embraced by so many of his fellow officers. The ugly murder of Sally Kotowski-beaten, raped, tortured-is a case in point. After seeing what's been done to the former Playboy bunny, Dooley vows to bring the perps to justice. Soon enough, his hard work pays off in a confession. but Dooley thinks it feels rigged, overly convenient, part of a complex cover-up. So he digs in his heels. The brass, struck by this typically cantankerous display, wonder why Dooley would look a gift horse in the mouth with cases as hard to clear as they are. They point out that there could be some powerful people involved with the killing, people who've been protected for a long time, people who could become exceedingly vindictive unless Dooley agrees to go along and get along just this once.

Lying crying dying /
ISBN: 0786709553 OCLC: 48787285

Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York : 2002.

Determined to escape the memories of his past that torment him, Pascual, a former courier for a network of radical terroritst groups who defected to the CIA, cannot stop thinking about Katixa, the one agent he did not betray.

Mean town blues /
ISBN: 160598003X OCLC: 227016450

Pegasus Books : New York : 2008.

"Tommy McLain's a Kentucky boy just back from a rough tour in Iraq, trying to make a go of civilian life in Chicago. He's a good friend to have if you're a young woman being stalked by a creep with some heavy connections, but Chicago may not be ready for the skills and reactions Tommy brought home from the war"--Author's Web site.

Mob cop :
ISBN: 1613736835 OCLC:

"Former Chicago police officer and mafia associate Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, the protagonist of Nicholas Pileggi's Casino and one of Chicago's most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives of the Chicago Police Department. Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicago's near West Side, and as young toughs they were rousted and shaken down by Hanhardt. While Spilotro became the youngest made man in Chicago Outfit history, Pascente was drafted into the army and then joined the police department. Soon taken under Hanhardt's wing because of his connections, Pascente served as Hanhardt's fixer and bagman on the department for more than a decade. At the same time, Pascente remained close to Spilotro, making frequent trips to Las Vegas to party with his old friend while helping to rob the casinos blind. Mob Cop tells about the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States, and it reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit that have never been publicly released. Fred Pascente's positions as an insider on both the criminal and law enforcement fronts makes this story a matchless tell-all."--

Running in the dark /
ISBN: 1542048001 OCLC: 1000126700

"The silence of a prairie night hides many secrets. Needing to get out of Manhattan after a personal tragedy, Abby Markstein accepts a teaching job in the heart of flyover country. One night while jogging through a deserted hollow, she comes upon a car consumed in flames. The only thing more horrifying than the dead man at the wheel is the live one smiling at her in the livid glow of the fire. Welcome to Lewisburg, Indiana. The lone witness to the gruesome roadside slaying, Abby quickly learns that the quiet town conceals many secrets. When another brutal murder takes place, she starts seeing signs that somebody is watching her. And this time, running will not help her hide"--Page 4 of cover.

The republic of night /
ISBN: 078671123X OCLC: 51327451

Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York : 2002.

Pascual Rose, elite counterterrorist turned deep-cover informant, is back in this turbulent new international thriller. The pace is compelling and suspense breathtaking in this masterly neo-noir sequel to Lying Crying Dying. When an over-friendly Frenchman accosts the down-and-out Pascual in an empty church, deep menace lurks behind apparent danger. Nonetheless, $100,000 and the threat of deadly exposure lure him from portside Barcelona, where he has been hiding from his counterterrorist past, to the banking precincts of Paris. Hired by French intelligence to finger a onetime comrade and now entrepreneur in global terrorism, Pascual finds himself hurled into Algerian factional warfare.