Sam Reaves first appeared on my radar with his debut novel A Long Cold Fall back in the early 90’s when it was published by Serpent’s Tail - This first novel in the Cooper MacLeish series introduces the gutsy Vietnam vet and philosopher who surveys the mean streets of Chicago from his cab.
This was followed the following year by Fear Will Do It and then these two.
He has since published 4 more standalone novels under his real name and a bit of non-fiction.
Dooley's Back (2002)
Homicide 69 (2006)
Mean Town Blues (2008)
Cold Black Earth (2015)
Cooper MacLeish, a Chicago cabbie, Vietnam vet, and philosopher, helps his journalist friend Mel Moreland report a story, and they both become entangled in a web of murder, deceit, corrupt politics and politicians, labor racketeering, and the mob.
Get What's Coming (1995)
Now working as a chauffeur for wealthy developer Regis Swanson, ex-cabbie and Vietnam vet Cooper MacLeish finds himself in the middle when Swanson's son is shot in a murky affair that draws attention from the DEA on one side and a couple of stone killers on the other. Once again it will be up to Cooper to fix things, at the risk of his life.