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General Information

Name:  Michael A. Black  

Pen Name: None

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Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A


-- Website -- http://www.michaelablack.com
-- Michael A. Black on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=michael+a.+black


Illinois Connection

Michael lives in Blue Island. For the past twenty-seven years has been a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Black has worked in various capacities in police work including patrol supervisor, tactical squad, investigations, raid team member, and SWAT team leader. He is currently a sergeant on the Matteson, Illinois Police Department.


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Titles At Your Library

Five Star First Edition Mystery - A Killing Frost
ISBN: 0786243090

Five Star. 2002

Author Michael Black is a full-time police officer. After reading A Killing Frost, you'll be anxiously awaiting the next Ron Shade mystery.

Windy City Knights: A Ron Shade Novel (Five Star First Edition Mystery Series)
ISBN: 1410401901

Five Star. 2004

How much do you owe a past love? Ever wonder about it? Private Detective Ron Shade does when he bumps into his former lover, Paula Kittermann, late one lonely December night in a hotel bar. Paula had once been a major factor in Shade s life, but that was a very long time ago. Against his better judgement, he lets her back in, but when she s gone, without so much as a goodbye kiss, leaving him once with only bittersweet memories of what might have been. Then Paula turns up dead, the apparent victim of a hit-and-run accident. Though shocked, Shade moves on with his life until Paula s young cousin, Laurie, shows up in Chicago, asking him to look into the matter. Shade s investigation takes a walk on the seedy side, and begins to attract the attention of some very powerful enemies. But whenever Shade gets close to the truth, somebody seems to end up dead, and he suddenly finds himself the prime suspect in a homicide investigation. Working to clear himself and find out who killed Paula, Shade goes up against some redoubtable foes who will stop at nothing to ensure his search for the truth won t be completed.

Five Star First Edition Mystery - The Heist
ISBN: 1594142777

Five Star. 2005

Linc Jackson and his buddy Rick Weaver thought they'd seen it all on the brutal battlefields of Desert Storm, but found themselves displaced and forgotten men when they came back to the States. Now, a year later, the opportunity of a lifetime suddenly drops in their laps . . . That is, if they don't mind tiptoeing on the dark side to make the score. During a freak flood that causes havoc in the downtown business hub of Chicago, Linc and Rick put everything on the line as they execute a heist that they hope will put them on Easy Street for the rest of their lives. It involves a foolproof plan for grabbing what they believe is a cool million of the mob's money. But that's when things start to go terribly wrong. As the Mafia calls in a specialist, nicknamed "The Regulator," to get back their property, the two ex-marines find that they not only have the bad boys of the outfit hot on their trail, but some pretty tough cops as well. It will take all their battle-tested skills just to escape with their lives, in an ultimate showdown that's guaranteed to make what they went through in Operation Desert Storm look like a cakewalk.

Award-winning author Michael A. Black holds an MFA degree in Fiction Writing from Columbia College. He has been a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago for the past twenty-six years. He is currently a sergeant on the Matteson, Illinois Police Department.

A Final Judgment: A Ron Shade Novel (Five Star First Edition Mystery Series)
ISBN: 1594144265

Five Star. 2006

Five Star First Edition Mystery - Freeze Me, Tender
ISBN: 1594144710

Five Star. 2006

Ten years ago the hillbilly king of rock-and-roll, Colton Purcell, was cryogenically frozen after his premature death. Or was he? Chicago-based magazine reporter Harry Bauer intends to find out as he becomes involved in a convoluted murder plot stretching from good-old Memphis to glitzy Las Vegas, where the tenth anniversary celebration of Colton's death is in full swing. When Harry's mentor and friend, a Vegas reporter specializing in conspiracy theories, turns up murdered, Harry is intent on finding out why. But in a city where illusion often transcends reality, the truth proves more elusive than a gambler's lucky streak. Not only is there a huge Colton imitator contest going on, but the King's only daughter is set to marry the epicene Prince of Latino Pop (despite her mother's objections), and a mysterious young man has introduced himself to Harry, claiming to be Colton's illegitimate son. The trail leads Harry to the dark side of sin city, crossing paths with a bunch of mob guys, a very efficient (and very large) contract killer, and some unexpected people from Colton Purcell's past. There's also the murder of Colton's famous manager, the abduction of a mysterious figure from a Memphis nursing home, and a host of other problems that make Harry begin to wonder, is it really Colton Purcell hanging upside down in that cryogenic tube full of liquid nitrogen? If Harry can live long enough, he may just find out.

Michael A. Black has been a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago for the past twenty-seven years. His hobbies include weightlifting, running, and the martial arts. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. It is rumored he has five cats.

Random Victim
ISBN: 084395986X

Leisure Books. 2008

When he is assigned to lead a special task force in solving the high-profile murder of Miriam Walker, Sergeant Frank Leal, recovering from the death of his partner, discovers that there are a lot of people who don't want this case solved, including Miriam's husband and a dirty cop on the take. Original.


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