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Nancy Sullivan signing The Last Cadillac

Terry Malik signing The Bricklayer of Albany Park

Nancy Nau Sullivan is reeling after the death of her marriage and the death of her mother. She decides she needs a fresh start and begins planning to leave Northwest Indiana and move to Anna Maria Island in Florida with the kids. It is then that her beloved father announces, “I’m coming with you.” This is another shocker. Her siblings want to strangle her, and they don’t let up on their campaign to keep Dad in Indiana. They accuse Nan of “kidnapping” Dad. But Dad is firm. He is going to Florida with his eldest daughter. The kids are delighted: “We are going on an adventure with Mom and the Gampers!”

Adventure is what they get, starting with a hurricane on the island, a peripatetic life from beach cottage to house on the canal, with side trips to Disney World and Ireland. It all happens fast, so fast, and Nan—in a sandwich of sorts—must stay on her feet. She juggles doctors’ appointments and crises with her elderly father all the while keeping up with gymnastics, soccer, basketball and baseball games, cheerleading, parties and dermatologists for the two young ones at home. It is too bad Nan can’t be cloned. At the very least, a couple of extra hands would help.

Fortunately, love has a way. And humor and common sense, too.

Nan learns a life lesson, or two, driving the last Cadillac with humor and perseverance, along with the best bunch ever—Dad and Tick and Little Sunshine. Her story unfolds in her memoir, The Last Cadillac.

Nancy Nau Sullivan is a writer and teacher who recently served in the Peace Corps as a University English Specialist in Mexico. Prior to service, she taught English at the City Colleges of Chicago, in Argentina, and at a boys’ prison in Florida, and was once a reporter and editor at newspapers throughout the Midwest. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Marquette University. She is the author of The Last Cadillac, which won Honorable Mention this year in The Eric Hoffer Book Award Memoir Category. A long-time writer, her stories have been published in Skirt magazine, Gargoyle, Akashic Books, The Blotter, and The Atherton Review, among other literary journals. She has moved back to Northwest Indiana but continues to visit Anna Maria Island often.


Terry John Malik is a Chicagoan to the core. Born and raised in the city he loves, son of a Chicago fireman, he now explores the back streets and dark alleys of the city’s imagination.

Malik is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he majored in English, and a graduate of Loyola University School of Law. He taught English for several years; designed computer systems for an international accounting firm; worked with distressed borrowers as a banker for the largest bank in Chicago; practiced law for twenty-eight years; became the president and head master of a financially troubled high school; administered a foundation that provided scholarship funds for disadvantaged inner city girls; and created websites for local merchants and non-profits. Throughout his many careers, he has continued to hone his writing skills and never lost his passion for a story well told.

Terry has two more thrillers in the works, weaving his stories of killers and cops while sitting on a beach on Sanibel Island.

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Detective Frank Vincenti, a Chicago cop with an uncanny insight to a killer’s psyche, is tracking a homicidal monster—The Bricklayer of Albany Park. Driven by a mission of revenge, the killer targets victims he believes are sinners deserving of punishment. He kills without remorse, delivering a message with each kill. Wrapping his victims in a shroud of blue, he buries them under piles of bricks at construction sites in the peaceful Chicago neighborhood of Albany Park, always leaving behind a “memento” taunting police. The killer eludes Vincenti, and the body count grows.


Vincneti who left behind a troubled youth, tormented by an alcoholic father, is known for solving the city’s most bizarre and macabre murders. But in this case, the chase becomes personal as Vincenti puts his marriage—and his sanity—at risk. He turns for help to Thomas Aquinas Foster, his mentor and father figure. Foster—a gruff former Chicago PD detective with a tainted soul and his own self-righteous brand of justice—guides Vincenti through the dark, twisted paths of the human soul.

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