Cheryl Reed discusses ‘Poison Girls’ on Nov. 14

The Society of Midland Authors announces its next event:

Cheryl L. Reed discusses her novel Poison Girls

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago
A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m.
The reading begins at 7 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
No advance registration is required.

Award-winning investigative reporter Cheryl L. Reed proves equally talented in the world of fiction with her first novel. In Poison Girls, it’s 2008, Chicago’s Hyde Park senator is running for president, the city is vying to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, and “poison”—a lethal form of heroin—has killed more than 250 people, including dozens of suburban girls from prominent families.

Natalie Delaney, a crime reporter at the Chicago Times, discovers that daughters of Democratic powerhouses are the real targets of a serial killer who uses drugs instead of a gun. Obsessed with finding who is behind the killings, Delaney becomes entangled in an underworld where drugs, cops, gangs, politics and privilege collide.

Author Stuart Dybek, a two-time winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award for best fiction, says Reed’s Poison Girls is “an ambitious book, noirish, Dickensian in a modern way, and rooted in the realistic tradition.”

Reed is also the author of a nonfiction book, Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns, which explores the culture of the convent and why young, smart women choose to give up money and men. Reed has been a staff reporter and editor at a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Sun-Times. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Northwestern University. To find out more about Reed, visit her website: cherylreed.net.