August 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Local debut novelist Craig N.Willis will read from The Deadly Mondaine.  In The Deadly Mondaine, the life of Hattie Rosales is tracked from her origin in Post-World War II, working class, southside Chicago, through her early career at Marshall Fields’, through her business partnership with Ludmilla “Milly” Netsurov, and continuing with her rapid relocation from the Chicago area to Gethsemane Illinois. The central mystery in the book is the shotgun slaying of a local mogul at his faux French Chateau in suburban Gethsemane. Hattie finds herself to be both investigator and  suspect in the different mysteries that weave through the story. 

Craig Willis, after a multiple-decade career as a practicing transactional attorney, has committed to writing his first book, in a genre beloved to him, mystery. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with his spouse and law partner, Nancy B. Willis. Inspired by the campaign #BookstoresAgainstBorders, organized in July by independent bookstores, Willis will be donating all author royalties from sales at the reading to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).