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General Information

Name:  Shane Gericke  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1956 in Frankfort, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Shane lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shane Gericke has been held at knifepoint, hit by lightning, and shaken the cold sweaty hand of Liberace. He was born to write thriller novels! His latest is Torn Apart, a finalist for the Thriller Award for Best Novel of 2010 by the International Thriller Writers organization, and named a Book of the Year by Suspense Magazine. Shane, whose last name is improbably pronounced YER-kee, spent 25 years as a newspaper editor, most prominently at the Chicago Sun-Times, before jumping into fiction. A founding member of International Thriller Writers, he has been chairman of the ThrillerFest literary festival in New York and founding director of its agent-author matching program AgentFest. He also belongs to Mystery Writers of America and the Chicago-based Society of Midland Authors. His novels—available in print and e-books—are in translation worldwide, and his national bestselling debut, Blown Away, was named the best debut mystery of 2006 by RT Book Reviews. He lives in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, the home of world-famous detective Dick Tracy, with whom Shane shares no resemblance except steely jaw and manly visage. He grew up in Frankfort, a south suburb of Chicago, and attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, majoring in journalism and winning the Illinois Journalist of the Year award. After graduating, he worked at the Moline Dispatch, the Joliet Herald-News, and the Chicago Sun-Times, all in Illinois. Check him out at [], and on Facebook and Twitter.

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