Individual Author Record
Name: Sam ReavesPen Name: None Genre: Born: Crawfordsville, Indiana
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Illinois ConnectionSam Reaves is the pen name for Samuel Salter.
Biographical and Professional InformationSam Reaves has lived in Chicago or its environs for most of his life. He has also lived and traveled widely in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He has worked as a teacher and a translator. His Sam Reaves books are set in Chicago.
- Bury It Deep, Putnam, 1993
- Dooley's Back, Carroll and Graff, 2002
- Fear Will Do It, Putnam, 1992
- Get What's Coming, Putnam, 1995
- Homicide 69, Carroll and Graff, 2006
- Long Cold Fall, Putnam, 1991
Titles At Your Library
Long Cold Fall
ISBN: 0399135650 Putnam Adult. 1991 The first book in the Cooper MacLeish series, Sam Reaves's debut novel recounts how MacLeish, a Vietnam veteran and Chicago taxi driver, hears of the apparent suicide of a former lover and, investigating, discovers not only that her missing son may be his but also that the suicide hypothesis doesn't hold water.
Fear Will Do It
ISBN: 0399137246 Putnam Adult. 1992 Vietnam vet and Chicago cabbie Cooper MacLeish is drawn, along with his girlfriend, into a deadly blackmail scheme against a brutal pornography czar, and the two find themselves the targets of a cold-blooded enforcer and his sadistic sidekick.
Bury It Deep
ISBN: 0380722666 Avon Books. 1994 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. Reprint.
Get What's Coming
ISBN: 0399140182 Putnam Adult. 1995 Now working as a chauffeur for wealthy developer Regis Swanson, ex-cabbie and Vietnam vet Cooper MacLeish finds himself in the middle when Swanson's son is shot in a murky affair that draws attention from the DEA on one side and a couple of stone killers on the other. Once again it will be up to Cooper to fix things, at the risk of his life.
Dooley's Back: A Novel of Crime (Otto Penzler Books)
ISBN: 0786710942 Carroll & Graf. 2002
Dooley is not back even a day, and already he’s helped a gangland punk with a switchblade in his hand and rape on his mind to a deadly fall. And throughout this gritty, hard-boiled crime novel by a master of the new noir, fists work fast, the talk comes tough, and pages turn as swiftly as the rip of a hitman’s bullet. Frank Dooley used to be a Chicago cop, but eight years ago a case of homicide prompted him to take the law into his own hands—the victim was his wife—and then head south, to Mexico. Dooley’s return is met by everyone with surprise, and by a few with pleasure. Like his old partner Roy Ferguson. Roy has had some weighty problems of his own. His seven-year-old son has drowned, he’s gone through a nasty divorce, and a serious gambling habit has buried him deep in debt. Dangerously deep for an over-ambitious loan shark with the mob, John Spanos, is taking the juice on Roy’s $15,000 score in favors. Dooley convinces Roy he should own up to what he’s done, set up a sting on Spanos, and maybe get back his integrity as a cop. It’s a good plan, but it goes very bad, and Dooley soon finds himself caught perilously between the police force he deserted on one side and the Outfit Roy betrayed on the other. This is a tough-edged urban novel of crime and suspense. “The hard-boiled fraternity has a new member, and he’s a good one.”—Booklist “Gritty, fast-paced, satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly
ISBN: 0786718129 Carroll & Graf. 2006
It's the summer of 1969, and veteran Chicago homicide detective Mike Dooley is investigating the brutal torture-murder of a young woman. The victim is a former Playboy bunny and mobster’s girlfriend. Dooley suspects this is more than a sex killing, which leads him into the deep waters of mob intrigue and political corruption.
The Night Watch is a gripping novel about a man, his family and his times. As Dooley, whose own youth was sacrificed in the Pacific in World War II, scans the news for hopeful portents regarding his son Kevin, a Marine in the thick of the fighting in Vietnam, he sees the world changing before his eyes. The moon landing, Woodstock, the Manson murders, and riots in the streets provide a backdrop for the personal and professional crises precipitated by Dooley’s stubborn refusal to give up on a crime nobody but him wants solved.