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All-point bulletin...Residents urged to be on the lookout for MN Crime Wave authors

Not since the 1930s have authorities across the Midwest been put on such high alert...

Not since the demise of the dime novel and pulp detective magazines - or the period when John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson walked the streets of the Twin Cities - has this sort of marauding band been seen in this part of the state.

Known to travel together, this dangerous trio of writers, who have been dubbed "The Minnesota Crime Wave," is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached without a degree of humor!

They like to appear at local bookstores or libraries and engage the customers and staff in amusing repartee, they relieve all and sundry of disposable cash and leisure time in exchange for terrific mystery stories.

Between them, the members of this gang have committed 30 crime novels and won more than 16 national and regional awards.

The Friends of the Douglas County Library are asking community residents to be on the lookout for William Kent "Iceman" Krueger, Ellen "Murder Most Fowl" Hart and Carl "Sailor" Brookins at the Douglas County Library.

The Minnesota Crime Wave event, featuring Minnesota authors William Kent Krueger, Ellen Hart and Carl Brookins, will take place in the library meeting room at the Douglas County Library next Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The authors will give a presentation and then after, there will be time for questions and answers.

Funding for this program is provided by the Douglas County Friends of the Library.

The mission of the Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation is to support and promote the library by focusing public attention on library services, facilities and needs; stimulate gifts of books, magazines, endowments and bequests; and to maintain an association of persons interested in the library.

About the authors

•Carl Brookins - Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Brookins was a freelance photographer, worked in public television and cable TV and was a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.

He has reviewed mystery fiction for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and for Mystery Scene magazine.

Brookins is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. He writes the sailing adventure series featuring Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney, the Sean NMI Sean private investigator detective series and he writes about the adventures of a mid-level administrator at an unusual urban college.

An avid recreational sailor, Brookins and his wife live in Roseville.

•William Kent Krueger -Krueger has published seven books in the Cork O'Connor mystery series, which is set in the great Northwoods of Minnesota.

In 2005, and again in 2006, his novels Blood Hollow and Mercy Falls both received the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Year.

His novel Thunder Bay, which was released in 2007, won the Dilys Award, the Minnesota Book Award, the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award, was nominated for an Audie for Best Audiobook of the Year and has been nominated for the Anthony Award.

In September of 2008, his next book in the Cork O'Connor series, Red Knife, was released for publication.

Krueger, who lives in St. Paul, does all his writing in a local coffeeshop.

•Ellen Hart - The author of 25 crime novels in two different series, Hart is a five-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Best Popular Fiction and a two-time winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award. In addition, she is the recipient of the Alice B Medal and was made an official GLBT Literary Saint at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in 2005.

Entertainment Weekly named her as one of the "101 Movers and Shakers in the Gay Entertainment Industry."

For the past 12 years, Hart has taught "An introduction to writing the modern mystery" through The Loft Literary Center, which is the largest independent writing community in the nation.

Hart's newest Sophie Greenway mystery is No Reservations Required, which was released in 2005. Her 17th Jane Lawless mystery, The Mirror and the Mask, should be released this month.

Hart and her partner of 32 years live in Minneapolis.