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Destroying Angels Signed By Author

Lukasik, Gail

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ISBN 10: 1594143609 / ISBN 13: 9781594143601
Published by Five Star, 2006
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Five Star First Edition Mystery; 8.60 X 5.70 X 0.80 inches; 295 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 91523

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Title: Destroying Angels Signed By Author

Publisher: Five Star

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Leigh Girard, a Chicago native, has fled to Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, a remote artist community on the Door County peninsula, to heal from her recent mastectomy. "Cancer does that - yanks you out of your life," she observes with her usual wryness. Determined to start a new life, she has left her troubled marriage and teaching career to take a job as a reporter with the Door County Gazette. Her first assignment: an obituary. While investigating a wrongful death claim by Eva Peck, the widow of a restoration craftsman, Leigh suspects that Carl Peck didn't die of natural causes, but was murdered. When it's discovered that Peck, an amateur naturalist, died from mushroom poisoning, Leigh's suspicions are confirmed. Yet, according to the locals, murder just doesn't happen here. The case turns even more puzzling when Peck's daughter attempts suicide a week after her friend, the local librarian, kills herself. In the process of solving Peck's murder, Leigh uncovers another murder committed twenty years earlier that links the past with the present. Her obsession with finding the connection between these two murders puts her in conflict with the community and eventually jeopardizes her life. Confronted once again with her own mortality, Leigh finally faces the emotional scar left by her mastectomy.

Gail Lukasik was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She lives in Libertyville, Illinois, with her husband and their Shetland sheepdog.

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Gail Lukasik was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a ballerina with the Cleveland Civic Ballet Company. She has worked as a choreographer, freelance writer, editor, and college lecturer. Lisel Mueller described her book of poems, Landscape Toward a Proper Silence, as a "splendid collection." In 2002 she was awarded an Illinois Arts Council award for her poem, "In Country." She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she taught writing and literature. Her first mystery novel, Destroying Angels, was written as a result of her son's suggestion: "You're always reading mysteries, why don't you try writing one." Kirkus Reviews described her second Leigh Girard mystery, Death's Door, as "fast-paced and literate, with a strong protagonist and a puzzle that keeps you guessing." Mel Jacobs of Gumshoe Reviews said of her third Leigh Girard mystery, Peak Season for Murder: "The exciting climax will keep the pages turning. The intricacies of the characters and relationships add spice to the continuing story of Leigh Girard." Her book of poems, Homeless, In My Own Words: True Stories of Homeless Mothers, was inspired by her interviews with homeless mothers living in Chicagoland area shelters. She spent a year recording the women's stories. She was certified as a canoe instructor and has led canoeing trips on the Des Plaines River. When her nose isn't buried in a book, she likes to hike the beautiful forest preserves near her house.

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