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Sam Reaves

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Aka Dominic Martell.

Sam Reaves has written eight novels, most set in Chicago, and co-authored the true crime memoir Mob Cop. Under the name Dominic Martell he has penned a European-based suspense trilogy. Reaves has traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East but has lived in the Chicago area most of his life. He has worked as a teacher and a translator.

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Kris Neri Hi Sam. Thanks for friending this mystery & paranormal author. I hope you'll consider adding my books to your to-read list. Great to connect here. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews.

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Beth Hi Sam,
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