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Michael David Kilian

Born: 1939 in Toledo, Ohio
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Michael Kilian lived and worked in Chicago for many years.

Biography: In addition to being a long-time correspondent for the Chicago Tribune in Washington, D.C., Kilian was an accomplished author of numerous books, including the Harrison Raines Civil War mysteries. His father was instrumental in his education of the Civil War era and in visiting the many battlefield sites. His family includes early settlers of Virginia and New York, and Union soldiers who died at Fredericksburg and fought at Gettysburg on Little Round Top.Starting in 1993, Mr. Kilian teamed with illustrator Dick Locher, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist at the Tribune to produce the 'Dick Tracey' comic strip.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; History; Mystery

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Michael David Kilian on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A grave at Glorieta :
ISBN: 0425188299 OCLC: 50129317

Berkley Prime Crime, New York : 2003.

"Dispatched to the territory of New Mexico, Harry Raines and his partner Joseph "Boston" Leahy have been assigned to uncover how the Confederate Nation plans to expand its domain all the way west to California. Awaiting their arrival in Santa Fe is their contact Don Luis Almaden y Cortes, the Union army's key asset in its struggle to stop the Rebels at Glorieta Pass."--Jacket.

A killing at Ball's Bluff :
ISBN: 0425183149 OCLC: 48909133

Berkley Prime Crime, New York : 2002.

A sinful safari /
ISBN: 0425191087 OCLC: 52466533

Berkley Prime Crime, New York : 2003.

Antietam assassins /
ISBN: 0727862723 OCLC: 62131335

Severn House, Sutton : 2005.

As agent and scout for famed detective Allan Pinkerton's Secret Service in the first eighteen months of the American Civil War, Harry Raines has repeatedly risked his own life and experienced unbelievable horrors. Sick of it, he resigns from the service and retires to the horse farm he inherited from his mother in the upper Potomac Valley near Shepherdstown, Virginia. The idyll is quickly interrupted, however, when the local Presbyterian minister, a family friend, is found shot and hanged in lynch mob fashion,

Major Washington /
ISBN: 0312181310 OCLC: 37546713

St. Martin's Press, New York : ©1998.

A portrait of George Washington as a young man through the eyes of a colleague who finds him ambitious, but not very bright, and much concerned with his bad teeth. The novel describes Washington's life in the British army as he fights Indians and the French, and his affair with the wife of his best friend.

Murder at Manassas :
ISBN: 0425172333 OCLC: 41445797

Berkley Prime Crime, New York : 2000.

British actress Caitlin Howard and Harrison Grenville Raines travel "to the Manassas battlefield to witness the first clash between the Blue and the Gray, which ends in a Confederate victory. ... A Northern major, thought to have been killed fleeing the Rebels in cowardice, was in fact murdered--and Harrison was one of the last people to see him alive. To satisfy the major's widow, Harrison is pressed into service to solve the crime and clear the officer's name."--Jacket.

The ironclad alibi :
ISBN: 042518823X OCLC: 47742295

Berkley Prime Crime, New York : 2002.

"Harrison Raines has returned home to Richmond, Virginia-no longer as the son of a wealthy plantation owner, but as a U.S. Federal Agent. His mission is to uncover any information he can about "The Monster"--The ironclad ship formerly known as the USS Merimack which has been reconstructed as the Confederate Navy's Virginia."--Jacket.

The Shiloh sisters :
ISBN: 0425200043 OCLC: 57385493

Berkley Prime Crime, New York : 2005, ©2004.

In his latest adventure, U.S. Secret Service Agent Harrison Raines receives an assignment from General Ulysses S. Grant to discover why two civilians-sisters living on opposite sides of the conflict-were murdered.

The weeping woman /
ISBN: 0425180018 OCLC: 47176492

Berkley Pub., New York : ©2001.

A Jazz Age rake investigates an utterly divine art-world mystery Everyone who's anyone knows Bedford Green. Once a merciless gossip columnist, he has given up the life of sleaze and secrets and decamped for the Village to open a gritty little art gallery showcasing the most shocking European artists imaginable. The gallery is a money pit, and Green is in debt to some of the roughest loan sharks south of 14th Street, but that doesn't stop him from looking fabulous or having a good time. He's the happiest in New York society--at least until his assistant starts to cry. Sloane is a modern woman, a flapper with a razor-sharp bob and a bulletproof heart, but she's convinced that her friend Polly Swanscott is in danger. From the speakeasies of the Village to the finest cafes in Paris, Green will do his best to save Polly--and he'll do it with a cocktail in hand.

Who runs Chicago? /
ISBN: 031287023X OCLC: 5240299

St. Martin's Press, New York : ©1979.