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The Best Fiction is About Reality

A missing fifteen-year-old prostitute. A bi-polar patient accusing her doctor of malpractice. A homeless scholarship student who finds a severed head in a dumpster. These are the kinds of street kids Jo Sullivan works to save in the Street Stories suspense novels. If the authorities won’t listen to Chicago’s throw-away youth, then it’s up to her reporter instincts to get at the truth.

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A homeless man in a glass coffin, that’s all Jo Sullivan was looking for, some new material for her column in Winds of Change, a weekly rag willing to dust the dirt off the seamier side of Chicago. But after she nearly turns a street kid into a hood ornament, the tip dropped by a fifteen-year-old prostitute starts to look more like a front page two-inch headline. When the young girl disappears, her friend Chris hints of a room filled with corpses on display like an exhibit at a wax museum, and Jo and Chris team up to uncover the truth behind Sloan and Whiteside’s funeral home.

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Snow Ramirez hasn’t trusted anyone in a very long time, not even herself. Memories of her childhood on Washington’s Yakama Reservation haunt her even on the streets of Chicago. When her squat mate Blitz slits his own throat in front of her, she knows it’s time to convince someone to trust her instincts. Normally she wouldn’t care. Who wasn’t crazy in one way or another in this messed up world?  Snow’s little brother Alley, though, there might still be time to save him. If only she can get reporter Jo Sullivan to believe her story before Snow loses her own mind.

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Cousins Shorty Davis and Booker T Brooks grew up in pretty much the same circumstances: single mother, too many siblings crowded into a small ghetto apartment. So what makes one kid choose violence as his method to survive living on the streets and the other choose education? Chicago reporter Jo Sullivan doesn’t know or have time to worry about it.  When a severed head turns up in an alley dumpster, she’s too busy trying to find out why all the evidence seems to point  to the one kid least likely to have committed the crime.

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