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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Allen Dymmoch  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1947 in Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Dymmoch lives and works in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Allen Dymmoch is a mystery/suspense writer whose works have one common theme: cats! She has degrees in chemistry and law enforcement. Along with her books listed below, she has also written several ebooks.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The man who understood cats /
ISBN: 0380722658. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. 1995, ©1993.

Chicago detective John Thinnes doubts the evidence pointing to an accountant's suicide. Dr. James Caleb, the dead man's psychologist, also refutes the evidence. The murder has linked both men, casting them into an urban nightmare of deadly greed and violence. Thinnes unlikely new partner could be either a casebreaker or a killer.

Death of the blue mountain cat.
ISBN: 0312310722. OCLC Number:

St Martins Pr,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2002.

Incendiary designs /
ISBN: 0312192452. OCLC Number:

Thomas Dunne Books,. New York :. 1998.

A jogging doctor saves a policeman from being burned alive in his patrol car by white-robbed members of a religious cult. The attack is one of several in Chicago and Dr. Caleb joins Detective Thinnes to find out who is behind them.

The feline friendship /
ISBN: 0312310161. OCLC Number:

Thomas Dunne Books,. New York :. 2003.

John Thinnes calls on his friend Psychiatrist Jack Caleb to help he and his new partner, Don Franchi, solve a rape case.

The fall :
ISBN: 0312321937. OCLC Number:

Thomas Dunne Books,. New York :. 2004.

White tiger /
ISBN: 0312323026. OCLC Number:

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2005.

"John Thinnes, a detective on the Chicago police force, and Jack Caleb, a well-known psychiatrist, were friends unlikely friends, maybe, with very different lives, but men who liked and respected each other. And they had one significant experience in common: both had been 'in country' in Vietnam during the war."--Cover.

The Cymry ring /
ISBN: 159414429x. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 2006.

Ian Carreg is a hard working detective, recently widowed, when he is sent out to apprehend a beautiful convicted felon. When he pursues her to a local landmark someone knocks him unconscious. When he awakes he finds himself in second century Britain. He is soon captured by a band of Roman soldiers and sent to Londinium, where he is reunited with the charming fugitive he had been sent to capture in the first place.

Death in West Wheeling /
ISBN: 1594144583. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 2006, ©2000.

Acting sheriff Homer Deters of rural West Wheeling, Ill. A sudden rash of missing persons is the most exciting case to break on Deters's watch, and when he discovers body parts-bones, a toe-in Goode Swamp, Deters realizes he may be dealing with murder. Moreover, the KKK klavern is restless, and a local family is guilty of truancy. The plot shows promise, but some readers may balk at a book written almost entirely in dialect: "When the city fella came back, I was sittin' on the front porch of the post office with my feet up on the railin', doin' my best Deputy Redneck imitation.

M.I.A. /
ISBN: 0312373716. OCLC Number:

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 2008.

The accidental death of Rhiann Fahey's second husband leaves her paralyzed by grief and her son Jimmy cutting school and drinking. The widow's problems are compounded by the unwanted advances of her dead husband's friend, Rory Sinster. Then a mysterious stranger moves in next door. John Devlin offers Rhiann beer and sympathy. He gives Jimmy a job. Jimmy complicates things further by looking up his birth father's family, from whom Rhiann has been estranged for many years. And by falling in love with a mysterious girl. When Sinter tries to discredit John, then beat him to death, Rhiann comes to John's rescue. But she discovers her perfect neighbor isn't what he'd seemed--which leads her to investigate and to see John in a different light altogether.--From publisher description.


St Martin's Press Malice Domestic Award for Best First Traditional Mystery of 1992 for

The Man Who Understood Cats

Michael was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

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