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3 books to read by local authors: 'Cast of Shadows' among those reviewed

<p>Sun-Times Media file photo</p>

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When it's cold out, sometimes curling up with a good book can be a major stress reliever. This week, check out what some of our local authors have to offer. We'll feature one from each of our three major libraries each week. 

La Grange Public Library:

"Cast of Shadows" by Kevin Guilfoile, a current resident of La Grange

About the book: When the daughter of a leading fertility specialist is brutally murdered, he uses his skills, and some DNA from the crime scene, to clone (human closing is now legal) a copy of the killer to find out what drove him to do it.

The author: Guilfoile graduated for Notre Dame in 1990. He briefly worked for the Houston Astros baseball team in media relations. "Cast of Shadows" was named one of the best books of 2005 by the Chicago Tribune and Kansas City Star. His essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic and Salon.

Thomas Ford Memorial Library (Western Springs):

"Death on the Silk Road" by Russell R. Miller, a La Grange native

About the book: A retired international executive, with ties to the CIA, is assigned to a mining project for a consulting company. He suddenly he finds himself tangled in a world of problems as members of his project begin to disappear during a blinding snowstorm which cuts them off from the outside world.

The author: Miller traveled to over 100 countries during his time as an international marketing executive. Currently, he is an advisor for several nonprofit groups throughout the world. His previous book "The Spy with a Clean Face" won the Silver Quill Award from the American Authors Association.

Indian Prairie Public Library (Darien):

"The Best Team Ever" by Alan Alop

About the book: It follows the journey of the 1907 Chicago Cubs baseball team, from their off the field conquests to on field success, all in the backdrop of corrupt Chicago and a changing America.

The author: Alop is a lawyer and the Deputy Director of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.

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