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Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Anderson Sep 16, 2007.


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Which one? Raised in little towns in Indiana and Illinois, lived in Chicago for many years, currently living in Evanston.
About Me:
I write crime novels under the names Sam Reaves and Dominic Martell. My Reaves books are Chicago-based crime novels, and my Martell books are espionage/intrigue novels set in Europe. These two author personas reflect my two very different sides: I'm a Middle American guy at home in Chicago, the quintessential American city, but I also lived in Europe for two years, speak six languages, and have traveled all over the world. They also allow me to experiment with style: the Reaves books are in the spare, economical American hard-boiled tradition while the Martell novels are a little edgier, off-the-wall, stylistically fluid. "Homicide 69", my police procedural set in Chicago in the summer of 1969, was published by Carroll and Graf in 2007. George Pelecanos called it "the big Chicago crime novel we've been waiting for". My new novel, entitled "Mean Town Blues", will come out from Pegasus in September, 2008. I'm currently working on a Martell novel set in Algiers in 1961. Check out my websites at and
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Books And Authors I Like:
Many, many. Ambler, Household, the great British thriller writers. Chandler, Ross Thomas, Ed Dee, foreign writers like Japrisot, Yasmina Khadra, Vasquez Montalban... lots of good writers and books.
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I don't watch much TV. A few favorite movies: the Bogart classics, British espionage classics (The Ipcress File...) Dr. Strangelove.

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Pound those keys...

Here we go: I should, of course, be writing a novel. But I'm writing a blog post instead. Is it crucial promotional work or only an avoidance strategy, like my elaborate coffee rituals? Maybe a little of both. I'm hoping it can serve as a sort of warm-up exercise, a way to get the words flowing. Sometimes writing is easy, and sometimes it's hard, and recently it's been hard. I need to get back into that zone, where you sit down at the keyboard and feel around for the voice, and all of a sudden… Continue

Posted on August 20, 2007 at 3:57am

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At 10:07am on August 12, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Sam, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 2:29am on September 16, 2007, Barbara Fister said…
Reaves is back! Finally got around to reading Homicide 69. Loved it.
At 12:01pm on August 29, 2007, JackBludis said…
It all sounds good ...
At 12:55am on August 22, 2007, Libby Hellmann said…
Hey, pardner from the great Evanston area. Glad to see you here.
At 3:43am on August 20, 2007, Michael W. Sherer said…
Nice to see you here, Alan. Won't see you in AK--not in the budget and nothing to promote this year--but hope to run into you soon. Say hi to the old gang if you see anyone. Mike
At 3:23am on August 20, 2007, Sam Reaves said…
Thanks to all my new friends. Hope to see you at Bouchercon or elsewhere in the coming months.
At 1:06am on August 20, 2007, Julie Hyzy said…
Hey, I miss seeing you at MWMWA meetings. Any chance of you coming down for them in the future?
At 6:40pm on August 19, 2007, Jordan Dane said…
Hey Sam---Great to see you here. I really like the discussions here. I've learned alot about the industry but the schmooze bar fun stuff is great too.

Hey--I see my Steven's comments that you'll be in AK for BCon. I will too. I used to live in Anchorage (10 yrs) and can't wait to get back to see old friends and places I love. Hope to meet you there.
At 2:42pm on August 19, 2007, Steven Torres said…
Welcome aboard! See you in Alaska.

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