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Sept. 26, 2005

Crime Writers Hellmann And Krueger Read 'Live From Prairie Lights' Oct. 7

Crime-fiction writers Libby Hellmann and W. Kent Krueger will read from their latest novels at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The reading, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, will be a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

Hellmann's detective in "A Shot to Die For" is Ellie Foreman, a Chicago filmmaker who manages to be where the murders are. Krueger is the author of a series of Boundary Waters mysteries featuring Sheriff Cork O'Connor, and his new one is "Mercy Falls."

A Chicago Tribune review asserted, "Libby Fischer Hellmann has already joined an elite club: Chicago mystery writers who not only inhabit the environment but also give it a unique flavor. . . . (H)er series continues in fine style. . . . (Ellie) lights up the page with courage and energy."

A review of "A Shot to Die For" in the Midwest Book Review concluded, "This Libby Fischer Hellmann book is the best one yet. . . . By every possible measure, Hellmann's status as a storyteller has grown. Plot development is masterful . . . intriguing, realistic characters . . .has me itching for the next book."

The Toronto Globe and Mail called Krueger "a writer to watch. He has characters with depth, a style that combines realism with resonance, a great eye for setting, and he can churn out a fine plot."

And a review in Booklist suggested, "The Corcoran O'Connor series deserves a larger audience. . . . Krueger's dead-on depiction of a rural American town is as vivid and realistic as any in the genre."

He has been honored with an Anthony Award for Best First Novel, a Barry Award for Best First Novel, Minnesota Book Awards, Northeast Minnesota Book Awards, a Dilys Awards and a Loft-McKnight Fiction Award.

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