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Charlene Wexler

Murder on Skid Row

Murder on Skid Row
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Published by Author House
1/12/2010
ISBN: 978-1-4490-7358-9
“Spare any change?” and “I don’t know nothing” were the watchwords on Chicago’s Skid Row in the 1960s. Located on Madison Street, a little west of the city’s bustling and prosperous downtown, Skid Row was home to hustlers, winos, addicts, bums, lost souls, ripoffs, and kickbacks. Everyone, it seemed, had a secret. rnInto this shady society steps Dr. Mel Greenberg, who describes himself as “fresh out of dental school, very idealistic, and very poor.” He opens his new dental office “to help the downtrodden,” he says. Instead, he finds himself in a world for which his working-class upbringing never prepared him, where a day might bring anything from a philosophy-quoting patient to a knife held at his neck. rnEventually, he finds himself a suspect in murder.rnBased on a true story, Murder on Skid Row is the first novel by Chicagoan Charlene Wexler. Told from Dr. Greenberg’s point of view, Murder on Skid Row takes the reader back to a place that was an integral part of Chicago for decades—but one today’s public officials and city-beautiful boosters would rather have us believe never existed. rnIn the pages of Murder on Skid Row, you’ll meet: Ace, who “could flick a billfold from a pocket faster than a squirrel could pluck a nut from a tree.”rnDarlene, a ghetto girl torn between the better life working in Mel’s office can provide and her boyfriend’s world of gangs and drugs.rnTyrone, Mel’s “bodyguard” and more dangerous than Skid Row itself.rnJim Bones, a Vietnam vet forever scarred by the horrors of war.rnAbe, whose pharmacy was one of the last thriving businesses left on Skid Row—but whose secrets held fatal consequences.rnPlus a host of other characters who made up the tattered tapestry of Skid Row life. rnToss in humor, pathos, and a murder mystery, and you have a gripping historical thriller. Chicago’s Skid Row is long gone, but Wexler brings it back in Murder on Skid Row.rnIn July 2010, Murder on Skid Row won an international Apex Award of Excellence from Communications Concepts, a writing and communications think tank based outside Washington, DC. Murder on Skid Row was featured at the Illinois Library Association Book Fair Sept. 29-30, 2010.rnMurder on Skid Row is available through Amazon.com and bookstores everywhere. Published in 2010 by Author House, the book sells for $21.49 hardcover and $10.99 paperback.rnMurder on Skid Row now is available as an e-book. rnrnIt is also available at the following book stores:rnrn•Back to the Booksrn 920 Manitou Ave.rn Manitou Springs. CO 80829rn (719) 321-0350rnwww.bttbonline.netrn•Book Tablern 1045 Lake St.rn Oak Park, IL 60301 rn(708) 386-9800rnwww.booktable.net rn•BookStall at Chestnut Courtrn 811 Elm St.Winnetka, IL 60093rn (847) 446-8880rnwww.thebookstall.comrn•Bookie’s Paperbacks and Morern 2419 W. 103rd St.Chicago, IL 60655rn (773) 239-1110rnwww.bookiespaperbacks.comrn•Breadloaf Book Shoprn 835 Wrigley Drivern Lake Geneva, WI 53147-2005rn (262) 248-9446rn•The Enchanted Catrn 5602 George St.rn Richmond, IL 60071rn (815) 678-4412rnwww.theenchantedcat.comrn•McCullough’s Giftsrn 269 Broad St.rn Lake Geneva, WI 53147rn (262) 248-6226rn•New Chapterrn 2119 Valencia St.rn Bellingham, WA 98229-4742rn (360) 393-4329 rn•The Saint Bookstorern 50 Devonshire Roadrn SouthPort, Merseyside PR9rn United KingdomrnOrders@thesaintbookstore.co.ukrn•Other bookstores will order upon request.rnrnIt is available online at: rn•Abebooks.comrn•Alibris rn•Amazon.com rn•AnyEdition.com rn•Author House rn•Barnes & Noble rn•Better World Books rn•Bigger Books rn•Blackwell Bookshop (United Kingdom) rn•Books A Million rn•Booksfree.com (book rental site) rn•Books On Board rn•Booktopia (Australia)rn•Buy.com rn•CD Wow rn•CheapUncle.com rn•DealOz.com rnrn•Fiction Book Shop (United Kingdom) rn•Flipkart.com rn•Gardners Books rn•Google Booksrn•Half.com rn•Indie Bound rn•Infibeam.com rn•Kalahari.co.ke (Kenya) rn•Kraina Ksiazek (Poland) rn•Langton Info.com rn•LibrariaUniversitaria (Italy) rn•Love Reading rn•Play For Me rn•Powell’s Books rn•Price Minister (Spain)rn•Reader Store (Sony)rn•Shelfari rn rn•Studia rn•The Book Depository.com rn•Tower Books rn•Valore Books rnrnrn
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