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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lori Rader-Day  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1973 in Lebanon, Indiana

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Illinois Connection

Rader-Day has lived in Chicago, Illinois since 2001.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lori Rader-Day is the author of the mystery ''The Black Hour'' (Seventh Street Books, 2014) and the forthcoming ''Little Pretty Things'' (Seventh Street Books, 2015). Her short fiction has appeared in ''Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine'', ''Time Out Chicago'', and ''Good Housekeeping''. She is active in the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and International Association of Crime Writers.

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Titles At Your Library

The Black Hour
ISBN: 1616148853

Seventh Street Books. 2014

For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her.

He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why?

All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She's thirty-eight and hobbles with a cane. Her first student interaction ends in tears (hers). Her fellow faculty members seem uncomfortable with her, and her ex--whom she may or may not still love--has moved on.

Enter Nathaniel Barber, a graduate student obsessed with Chicago's violent history. Nath is a serious scholar, but also a serious mess about his first heartbreak, his mother's death, and his father's disapproval.

Assigned as Amelia's teaching assistant, Nath also takes on the investigative legwork that Amelia can't do. And meanwhile, he's hoping she'll approve his dissertation topic, the reason he came to grad school in the first place: the student attack on Amelia Emmet.

Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of their lives.

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