Individual Author Record
Name: Jack ClarkPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Born: 1949 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionJack Clark has lived and worked in Chicago his entire life.
Biographical and Professional InformationClark is an award-winning journalist, an acclaimed novelist, a singer-songwriter and a Chicago cab driver. He wrote for the weekly paper the ''Chicago Reader'' years ago, but left journalism for the world of writing fiction and picking up fares. Clark has been driving cabs for 30 years and written three books. His story caught the eye of ''Fresh Air'' contributor Dave Davies, who drove a cab in Philadelphia before entering journalism.
Titles At Your Library
ISBN: 031228960X Minotaur Books. 2002
It was another nothing case. That's the only kind private eye Nick Acropolis seemed to get lately. But this one leads to Westerfield's Pharmacy, which sits in the heart of Chicago's West Side ghetto, surrounded by ruins.
Nick was a real cop years ago, a homicide detective, and there's something about the drugstore that gets the old juices flowing. There's no customers for one thing. No pharmacist either, and nobody seems to know where the boss, Eugene Westerfield, has gone.
And then Becky Westerfield shows up. She's taken a sudden leave from medical school to look for her father, who didn't call on her 25th birthday. Becky knows something must be wrong. Eugene Westerfield would never forget.
Becky and Nick join forces, going from one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country to one of its wealthiest suburbs. They visit housing projects, the morgue, and a decrepit nursing home, hidden away between railroad lines.
Becky discovers a city she never knew existed, and Nick surveys some depressing old haunts. Together, they eventually find Eugene Westerfield. But along the way they stumble into an intricate scheme of fraud and murder. Becky discovers that her father isn't the man she'd thought he was.
With a plot reminiscent of Graham Greene's The Third Man and inspired by real events, Chicago native Jack Clark has crafted a winning first mystery.
On the Home Front: My Mother's Story of Everyday American Life from Prohibition Through WW II
ISBN: B000H2MPHC Plume, Paperback(2002). 2002 A Chicago cabdriver shares his mother's charming, homespun tales of history shaping everyday life, defining an era and a generation.
"Did I tell you about when President Harding died? I was nine. August, 1923. We lived on Flournoy Street..."
So begins one of Mary Jo Clark's oral snapshots of her uniquely American life.
Born in 1914 on Chicago's West Side to first-generation Irish immigrants, Mary Jo was the fourth of seven children. Her father Jack was a marble worker, her mother Maude a commercial color artist. Through Mary Jo's endearing first-person accounts, time stands still and we are afforded a privileged glimpse of a world gone by.
Mary Jo's distinctive style animates these touching and sometimes lighthearted stories of family and friends, love and war, school and work. Through her words and images, we are transported to a sun-warmed living room, where we sip tea while sifting through a box of old photos, as our own past plays itself out, sprung from memory like a much-loved song. Arranged thematically and accompanied by family photos of the people and places she recalls, On the Home Front captures unforgettable moments in American history and a mother's cherished memories.
Nobody's Angel (Hard Case Crime)
ISBN: 0843963271 Hardcase Crime. 2010 While Chicago cabbie Eddie Miles drives the city streets late at night, two killers--one targeting prostitutes, the other cab drivers--stalk the shadows, and one night, Eddie sees one of them in action. Reissue. 150,000 first printing.