Michael A. Black
Michael A. Black is the author of 38 books and over 100 short stories and articles. He has a BA in English from Northern Illinois University and a MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. He was a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago for over thirty years and worked in various capacities in police work including patrol supervisor, SWAT team leader, investigations, and tactical operations. His Ron Shade series, featuring the Chicago-based kickboxing private eye, has won several awards, as has his police procedural series featuring Frank Leal and Olivia Hart. He has also written two novels with television star Richard Belzer of Law & Order SUV. His hobbies include the martial arts, running, and weight lifting. In addition to his own novels, Black is currently writing novels in two highly popular adventure series under other names (Don Pendelton and A.W. Hart). Mike's newest novel is Legends of the West: A Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves Novel, Cold Fury (as Don Pendleton) and Gunslinger: Killer's Brand and Gunslinger: Killer's Ghost (as A.W. Hart) which are now available as e-books and trade paperbacks on available in bookstores and on Amazon.com.