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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jay Bonansinga  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Peoria, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.jaybonansinga.com
-- Jay Bonansinga on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=jay+bonansinga


Illinois Connection

Bonansinga was born in Peoria, Illinois and currently resides in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jay Bonansigna has a master's degree in film from Columbia College Chicago, and he currently resides in Evanston, Illinois. Jay is also a visiting professor at Northwestern University in their Creative Writing for the Media program.


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Titles At Your Library

Sick
ISBN: 0752803689

Orion. 1996

sometimes the cure is the curse

Head Case
ISBN: 0333661222

Macmillan. 1998

Bloodhound
ISBN: 0330376101

Pan. 2000

The Killer's Game
ISBN: 0786211326

Thorndike Pr. 1997

Informed by his doctors that he has merely a few months to live, Joe Flood, a hitman, puts out an open contract on his own life, but when he discovers that the lab made a mistake and that he is in perfect health, it is too late to call off the hit

The Sleep Police
ISBN: 0451202554

Signet. 2001

Ten years after an unsolved murder that had nearly destroyed his career, Detective Frank Janus begins to suspect that the killer has returned as a series of homicides seem to be linked to Frank's nightmares and unexplained blackouts. Original.

Oblivion
ISBN: 0333760832

Macmillan. 2000

Frozen
ISBN: 0786017236

Pinnacle. 2005

Fear Never Dies.

Deep in the Alaskan wilderness, a mummified body is discovered in the ice, the victim of a bizarre ritualistic killing that happened nearly six thousand years ago. For journalist Maura County, this story is her ticket to the big time--if she can get the help of the FBI's top criminal profiler.

Special Agent Ulysses Grove is the best of the best--a born manhunter. He's also a man on the edge, haunted by both personal tragedy and a recent spate of horrific, unsolved homicides. Now, in a remote lab, he's about to make a shocking discovery. Everything about the prehistoric murderer--signature, M.O., the tiniest of details--matches up to the serial killer who has eluded Grove for months.

As past and present collide, County and Grove are plunged into a nightmare journey that will take them into the darkest reaches of the human heart as they try to stop a cycle of evil as eternal and powerful as time itself. . .

Praise For Frozen

"A captivating novel of cold and meticulous suspense." -- Robert W. Walker, author of Absolute Instinct

"Frozen will chill you to the bone!" -- J. A. Konrath, author of Bloody Mary

"A relentless chiller that leaves you guessing and gasping again and again."

The Sinking Of The Eastland: America's Forgotten Tragedy
ISBN: 0806526483

Citadel. 2005

Chicago, Saturday, July 24, 1915: Over two thousand Western Electric employees and their families, dressed in their finest, arrive early at the riverfront to board the Eastland, a bold and breathtaking steamship. The boat is scheduled to ferry its passengers to the annual company picnic in Michigan City. Suddenly, as it sits in port, the Eastland begins to list. While thousands of people watch in horror, the ship rolls to its side and silently capsizes, killing a staggering 844 people... The Eastland tragedy was witnessed by nearly 10,000 bystanders and claimed more lives than the infamous Chicago Fire. Taking place in broad daylight on the city's bustling wharfside, it was a heartbreaking maritime disaster that sorrowfully echoed the sinking of the luxury liner Titanic just three years earlier. But the victims of this terrible mishap weren't among the world's most rich and famous. They were everyday people who worked hard for the right to enjoy a day's pleasure. They did not know that for many aboard, this day would be their last. And the only thing more shocking than the event that took their lives is the fact that it has been all but forgotten. Until now...

Twisted
ISBN: 0786017244

Pinnacle. 2006

FBI profiler Ulysses Grove's escape to a peaceful rural retreat is shattered by a new case that thrusts him back into the harrowing world of serial killers--and a fight against evil that will take him to the edge of sanity and into the very eye of mortal danger. . .

Twisted

In the heart of New Orleans, a serial killer is at work. While the city struggles to rebuild, he seeks only to destroy. His victims are offerings, surrounded by objects as mysterious as the French Quarter itself. For Special Agent Ulysses Grove the case is personal. The latest victim, a respected Tulane professor, was also a dear friend whose death holds startling clues to this madness. As Grove and journalist Maura County pore through cold cases and the dead man's half-destroyed notes, a terrifying truth begins to unfold: a Mayan expedition gone wrong, an ancient civilization, ritual human sacrifices, and a serial killer who has tapped the secrets of indestructible power.

Now, as a storm season threatens the Gulf Coast, Grove is on the hunt for a twisted psychopath with a deep connection to his own past--one who sees Grove as the ultimate trophy. . .

Shattered
ISBN: 0786018771

Pinnacle. 2007

Finalist for ITW's 2008 Thriller Award in Best Paperback Original.


FBI profiler Ulysses Grove is sure he's this close to trapping a serial killer . . . but the killer is planning a gruesome surprise that will come far too close to home. . .

The Image Of Murder

The Mississippi Ripper likes to work in pairs--of victims. For every dead body laid to waste, a second one faces it, a grotesque mirror image of terror and torment. Special Agent Ulysses Grove thinks he knows the method to the killer's madness. But grasping the twisted logic behind the brutal slayings propels him onto a path of danger--to him and to everything he holds dear.

Pushed to the limit, Grove's only hope is to dig deep into his own past. But this is one serial killer with powerful resources--and Grove's worst fears are already one step ahead of him. . .

"M. Night Shyamalan, meet Harlan Coben."--David Ellis

Praise For Twisted

"Scarily real and really scary--everything a great thriller should be."--Lee Child Praise For Frozen

"A thrilling, beautifully paced skyrocket of a novel."--Peter Straub "A relentless chiller that leaves you guessing and gasping again and again."--David Morrell "An author of impressive range, depth, and audacity." --Chicago Tribune

Perfect Victim
ISBN: 078601878X

Pinnacle. 2008

"A nail-biting thrill ride." –James Rollins

A slashed female corpse. . .a footprint, a tire track. . .a trail of blood in a crowded shopping mall. Even the most jaded cops are horrified by the carnage. But to seasoned FBI profiler Ulysses Grove, the evidence spells out a much more personal message--a threat that speaks to Grove alone. . .

Meticulous Killer. . .

He chooses his victims with care. He plans their murders with painstaking precision

he studies the most notorious slayers. He's gone to extremes to achieve his goals--committed to fulfilling his destiny as history's greatest serial killer. . .

With precious lives at stake, and his very soul on the line, Grove throws himself into the chase--and into a trap from which there's no escape. . .

Praise for Jay Bonansinga and his novels

"A gripping, compulsively readable thriller." --Joseph Finder

"A first-rate suspense thriller as compelling as it is frightening." --Publishers Weekly

"A relentless chiller that leaves you guessing and gasping again and again." --David Morrell

"Perfect Witness is everything a forensic thriller should be: powerful, fast-paced and deeply disturbing. And nobody writes a shock ending like Jay Bonansinga. If you haven't yet caught up with the adventures of FBI profiler Ulysses Grove, now's the time to jump aboard." --Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Bad Moon Rising and Patient Zero

Pinkerton's War: The Civil War's Greatest Spy and the Birth of the U.S. Secret Service
ISBN: 0762770724

Lyons Press. 2012

A

thrilling historical account of Allan Pinkerton’s pivotal role in the Civil War and the birth of the Secret Service

Scottish immigrant Allan Pinkerton is best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which gained renown for solving train robberies in the 1850s and battling the labor movement in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. But the central drama of his career, and the focus of this book, was his work as protector of President Abraham Lincoln and head of a network of Union spies (including himself!) who posed as Confederate soldiers and sympathizers in a deadly cat-and-mouse game.

As here told in riveting prose by author Jay Bonansinga, Pinkerton’s politics and abolitionist sympathies drew the attention of supporters of presidential incumbent Abraham Lincoln—and Pinkerton was hired to act as his bodyguard. Pinkerton was asked to organize the U.S. government’s first “Secret Service,” and during the Civil War he managed a network of spies who worked behind confederate lines and tackled espionage at the highest levels in Washington. By war’s end, the agency’s reputation was so well established that it was often hired by the government to perform many of the same duties today assigned to the Secret Service, the FBI, the CIA, and, most recently, the Department of Homeland Security.

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Bonansigna is also the author of the novelization of the huge hit television series The Walking Dead, a book titled The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor
ISBN: 1250008395

St. Martin's Griffin. 2012

Winner of the 2011 Diamond Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year

In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it's forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople's amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted "Villain of the Year" by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes

Hit Me!: Fighting The Las Vegas Mob By The Numbers
ISBN: 076278072X

Lyons Press. 2013

Las Vegas, 1970s—a golden age of Glitter Gulch corruption. Dennis Gomes--the youngest division chief in Gaming Control Board history--whipped a ragtag group of auditors into hardened, gun-slinging investigators, and shattered clichés about milquetoast accountant cops.

Coming within a hair’s breadth of death more than once, Gomes capped off his tenure with the famous bust of the Stardust skim, portrayed in the book and movie Casino.

In Hit Me!, there’s action to fill a dozen Scorsese films—midnight raids, heart-rending showgirl romances, and deadly double-crosses. And the cast of characters reads like a roll call of gangster lore. But no matter how much evidence Gomes uncovered, or how many witnesses and informants were bloodied, Gomes was swept aside by a political system that was dirty to its core.

It took nearly three decades, but in 2007, Gomes made a date with destiny at The Family Secrets Trial--the justice system finally taking out a “hit” on the mob. In a Chicago courtroom on July 30, 2007, Gomes--a key prosecutorial witness--finally settled all scores.

Dennis Gomes, who passed away in February 2012, will be posthumously inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in October 2012.

The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor: Part Two (The Walking Dead Series)
ISBN: 1250052017

Thomas Dunne Books. 2014

The fourth book and epic finale to Robert Kirkman's New York Times bestselling series: The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor – Part Two!

The Walking Dead original novel series, set in the universe of Robert Kirkman's iconic comic book, comes to a shattering conclusion with The Fall of the Governor – Part Two. From co-authors Kirkman, creator of the Eisner Award-winning comic as well as executive producer of AMC's blockbuster TV series, and Jay Bonansinga, Stoker Award-finalist and internationally acclaimed author, comes this stunning finale to their ambitious chronicle of human survival amid the plague of undead, which began with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.

In Rise of the Governor, uber-villain Philip Blake journeyed from his humble beginnings directly into the dark heart of the zombie apocalypse, and became the self-proclaimed leader of a small town called Woodbury. In The Road to Woodbury, an innocent traveler named Lilly Caul wound up in the terrifying thrall of Phillip Blake's twisted, violent dictatorship within Woodbury's ever tightening barricades. In The Fall of the Governor – Part One, Philip Blake finally revealed himself to be the true monster that he is, and the battle lines were drawn between the Governor and the desperate, beleaguered inhabitants of a nearby prison.

Now, in The Fall of the Governor Part Two, the Governor's dark journey reaches its shocking, heartrending conclusion. In a roller coaster finale, war breaks out, all of the plot lines from the previous three novels converge, tensions boil over into unthinkable mayhem, and the dark destinies of those few left standing are sealed in a series of stunning twists.

The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (The Walking Dead Series)
ISBN: 1250049997

St. Martin's Paperbacks. 2014

The first book explained how the Governor was created

this thrilling sequel to The New York Times bestseller further reveals his ruthless, inhuman conquest of Woodbury

The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia.

At first, Woodbury seems like a perfect sanctuary. Squatters barter services for food, people have roofs over their heads, and the barricade expands, growing stronger every day. Best of all, a mysterious self-proclaimed leader named Philip Blake keeps the citizens in line. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. . . . Blake, who has recently begun to call himself The Governor, has disturbing ideas about law and order.

Ultimately, Lilly and a band of rebels open up a Pandora's box of mayhem and destruction when they challenge The Governor's reign . . . and the road to Woodbury becomes the highway to hell in this riveting follow-up to Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga's New York Times bestselling The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.


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