D.M. Pirrone


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For You Were Strangers makes the list for IndieFab 2015 Book of the Year!

For You Were Strangers, Book 2 in the Hanley & Rivka mystery series, has been named as a finalist for Mystery in the 2015 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in June.

Here's a blurb from the back cover: On a spring morning in 1872, former Civil War captain Ben Champion is found dead in his Chicago bedroom, a bayonet protruding from his back. His death uncovers hidden truths best left buried, that still threaten powerful men. Defective guns sold to the Union army, an 1864 conspiracy to turn Chicago into the capital of a Northwest Confederacy, a former slave passing for white, an escaped Confederate guerrilla bent on revenge...any of these might have led to Champion's murder. Hanley and Rivka race to solve the crime before the secrets of bygone days claim more victims.

Available direct from the publisher, Allium Press of Chicago (http:/​/​alliumpress.com/​), at retail bookstores, and in trade paperback or ebook formats through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.

Shelf Unbound names Shall We Not Revenge a Notable Page-Turner of 2014.

Foreword Reviews names Kirkus Award nominee Shall We Not Revenge one of its Top Ten Historical Novels for Autumn 2014. To read the full reviews from Foreword and Kirkus, click the links below.

About Me

D.M. Pirrone is the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman, a freelance writer, editor and audiobook narrator. In addition to For You Were Strangers (Allium Press of Chicago, December 2015), Shall We Not Revenge (Allium Press, 2014), and No Less in Blood (Five Star/​Cengage, 2011), she was also a contributor to the award-winning Desplaines River Anthology (2013, Allium Press). She is currently at work on Book 3 in the Hanley & Rivka mystery series and a stand-alone novel, The Thief Mother, about a stolen child who grows up and seeks the truth of her origins.

A Chicago native, history buff and avid mystery reader, Ms. Piron-Gelman is a longtime member of Mystery Writers of America and past president of Sisters in Crime, Chicagoland chapter. She is also an adoptee, with personal experience of the desire to find one’s roots, and one half of an Irish Catholic-Jewish interfaith marriage. She lives on the Northwest Side with her husband, Stephen Gelman, and two sons, David and Isaac.


Selected Works

Fiction, Historical Mystery
A former Civil War soldier's brutal death exposes secrets better left buried, as Hanley and Rivka race against time to solve the murder before those secrets claim more victims--among them Rivka, her long-lost brother Aaron, and Hanley himself.
In 1872 Chicago, just after the Great Fire, rookie Irish detective Frank Hanley must solve a rabbi's murder, to save an innocent life and avenge one lost, in a showdown with an enemy from Hanley's checkered past.
Adoptee Rachel Connolly searches for her family and ends up a target for murder.

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