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Michael Wiley

Born: in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Michael grew up in Chicago.

Biography: Michael is a Professor of Literature at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He grew up and worked in the neighborhoods and streets of Chicago where he sets his mysteries.

  • -- PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition , ''The Last Striptease''

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Michael Wiley on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A bad night's sleep /
ISBN: 0312552246 OCLC: 682894361

Minotaur Books, New York : 2011.

Infiltrating a burglary crew as part of a mission to identify corrupt police officers, Chicago private investigator Joe Kozmarski encounters unexpected challenges that take him from a spa club for couples to the gang-troubled streets.

  A bad night's sleep :
ISBN: 9781441794192 OCLC: 727731954

Blackstone Audio, Inc., [Ashland, Or.] : 2011.

Working late-night surveillance at a luxury condominium development, Chicago private investigator Joe Kozmarski encounters a burglary crew. Two of the crew members show up in a police cruiser dressed in uniform. In the chaos that follows, Kozmarski shoots and kills one of the thieves, who, like the rest of the crew, is one of Chicago's Finest. And just like that Kozmarski finds he's in for many a bad night's sleep. Kozmarski joins the burglary crew, working as an inside agent for his old friend Lieutenant Bill Gubman. Facing dangerous suspicions from both the criminal gang and the uncorrupted ranks of the police department, uncertain about who wishes to help him stay alive and who wishes to kill him, Kozmarski takes his wildest ride yet.

The Bad Kitty Lounge /
ISBN: 0312593007 OCLC: 428026940

Minotaur Books, New York, N.Y. : 2010.

Greg Samuelson, an unassuming bookkeeper, has hired Joe Kozmarski to dig up dirt on his wife and her lover Eric Stone. But now Samuelson has taken matters into his own hands. It looks like he's torched Stone's Mercedes, killed his boss, and then shot himself, all in an hour. But as Kozmarski discovers, nothing's ever simple. Eric Stone wants to hire Kozmarski to clear Samuelson. Samuelson's dead boss, known as the Virginity Nun, has a saintly reputation but a red-hot past. And a gang led by an aging 1960s radical shows up in Kozmarski's office with a backpack full of payoff money, warning him to turn a blind eye to murder.

The last striptease /
ISBN: 0312372507 OCLC: 134993063

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, New York : 2007.

P.I. Joe Kozmarski tries to prove a man innocent of the murder of his girlfriend while hunting the man who killed a police friend and babysitting his eleven-year-old nephew.

  The Last Striptease.
ISBN: 9781441793959 OCLC: 825759056

Blackstone Audio Inc 2013.