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St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents the Seventh Annual Suspense Night

Press Release

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 10:00a.m.


St. Louis County Library Foundation presents “Suspense Night: An Evening of Thrills and Chills with Four Renowned Mystery Writers” on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Top mystery writers Reed Farrel Coleman, Sara J. Henry, Frank Bill, and Duane Swierczynski will read from recent work and discuss their craft. 

Copies of the authors’ books will be for sale at the event from Pudd’nHead Books.  A question-and-answer forum and book signing will follow the program. The program is free and open to the public.

Reed Farrel Coleman is the author of the Moe Prager mystery series that includes “Walking the Perfect Square,” “Redemption Street,” “The James Deans,” “ Soul Patch,” and “Empty Ever After.” His latest installment in the series is “Hurt Machine.”  A three time winner of the Shamus Award for Best Detective Novel, Coleman is also the author of the critically acclaimed crime drama “Tower,” co-written with Ken Bruen.

Sara J. Henry has been a columnist, soil scientist, book and magazine editor, Web designer, writing instructor, and bicycle mechanic. “Learning to Swim” is her first novel and was recently nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award from the Mystery Writers of America, an Agatha Award for Best Traditional Mystery, and a Barry Award for Best First Novel.

Frank Bill lives and writes in southern Indiana. His debut short fiction collection, “Crimes in Southern Indiana,” has attracted rave reviews and comparisons to Daniel Woodrell and Donald Ray Pollock.

Duane Swierczynski is the author of the Edgar-nominated and Anthony Award-winning thriller “Expiration Date” and the Charlie Hardie detective series featuring “Fun and Games” and “Hell and Gone.” His most recent book is the third Charlie Hardie mystery “Point and Shoot.” Swierczynski has also written numerous comic books for DC Comics and Marvel Comics

Program sites are accessible.  Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities.  Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit