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Start Shooting Start Shooting
Now Available in Paperback!

Hopes and Dreams can propel you through the fire; or they can burn you to death. 1975, Chicago: Coleen Brennan and Bobby Vargas fall in love at age six.
Start Shooting
A Comment on the Life
At thirteen their secret kills Coleen, breaks Bobby's heart forever, and makes Coleen's twin sister Arleen a runaway who's never found. Until today.

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Calumet City Calumet City

Meet Patti Black, the most decorated cop in Chicago. Solitary, stoic, loveless—her steel-plated exterior belies the wrenching legacy of an orphan childhood. Plagued by the horrifying abuse suffered at the hands of her foster parents, Black sublimates past torments into a meticulously maintained ghetto-tough persona...

Calumet City
Calumet City Blues
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Calumet City Blues