ColdBlackEarthSam’s new novel COLD BLACK EARTH is now available from Thomas & Mercer.

Illinois farm girl Rachel Lindstrom joined the State Department to see the world. Now, worn down by service in a war zone and a painful divorce, all she wants is to come home and rest.

At home, however, there is little comfort. Her brother struggles to run the family farm and handle a hell-raising son. Meanwhile, Rachel’s arrival draws a pair of rival suitors: her brother’s handsome friend and a rough-hewn sheriff’s deputy who pined for her in high school.

When a deranged killer escapes from a local prison, the far-flung farmsteads go on high alert—especially when the bodies start turning up. And in a county where the miles outnumber the people, it soon becomes clear that the madman is close behind Rachel.


MOB COP picked as great summer read

Details magazine has picked MOB COP as one of its eight top recommendations for summer reading. The buzz is building…

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Mob CopMob Cop details the decline of tra­ditional organized crime in the United States, and reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit that has never been publicly released. Fred Pascente’s col­orful stories of crooked cops and danger­ous criminals make his memoir a matchless tell-all.



Sam has published seven crime novels set in Chicago. Four feature Chicago cabbie Cooper MacLeish, two feature the Dooleys, a Northwest Side police family, and one is a stand-alone featuring Army veteran and trouble-shooter Tommy McLain. Other titles are forthcoming.





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