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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Samuel Allen Salter  

Pen Name: Sam Reaves, Dominic Martell

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1954 in Crawfordsville, Indiana


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-- Dominic Martell on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=dominic+martell


Illinois Connection

Reaves has lived in Chicago or the greater Chicago area for most of his life.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.


Published Works

    Written under the Pen Name - Sam Reaves:
  • Long Cold Fall, Putnam, 1991
  • Fear Will Do It, Putnam, 1992
  • Bury It Deep, Putnam, 1993
  • Get What's Coming, Putnam, 1995
  • Dooley's Back, Carroll and Graff, 2002
  • Homicide 69, Carroll and Graff, 2006
  • Mean Town Blues, Pegasus, 2008Written under the Pen Name - Dominic Martell:
  • Lying, Crying, Dying, Caroll and Graff, 1998
  • The Republic of Night, Carroll and Graff, 1999
  • Gitana, Orion, 2001


Selected Titles At Your Library

A long cold fall /
ISBN: 0399135650. OCLC Number:

Putnam,. New York :. ©1991.

Fear will do it /
ISBN: 0399137246. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©1992.

Bury it deep /
ISBN: 0380722666. OCLC Number:

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.

Get what's coming /
ISBN: 0399140182. OCLC Number:

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.

Dooley's back /
ISBN: 0786710942. OCLC Number:

Carroll & Graf Publishers ;. New York :. 2002.

Returning to Chicago eight years after an act of vigilante justice ended his career, former cop Dooley helps his old partner, Roy, to overcome gambling-related problems including threats from a dangerous loan shark.

Homicide 69 /
ISBN: 0786718129. OCLC Number:

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.

Mean town blues /
ISBN: 160598003X. OCLC Number:

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.

The republic of night /
ISBN: 078671123X. OCLC Number:

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.

Lying crying dying /
ISBN: 0786709553. OCLC Number:

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.

Gitana /
ISBN: 0752844822. OCLC Number:

Orion,. London :. 2001


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