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Chicago

Chicago
  • Author(s): Alaa al Aswany
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2000s

A medley of Egyptian and American lives collides on the campus of the University of Illinois Medical Center in a post-9/11 Chicago, and crises of identity abound. Among the players are an atheistic anti-establishment American professor of the sixties...

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Fire Sale

Fire Sale
  • Author(s): Sara Paretsky
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

South Chicago, an area with struggling families and lack of resources.V I Warschawski gets cajoled into coaching her old school’s basketball team. A parent asks to see her and then changes her mind – missing teenagers, exploding factory, a...

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Chicago Noir

Chicago Noir
  • Author(s): Neal Pollack
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Crime, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

An anthology of noir short stories under the editorship of Neal Pollack. The city of Chicago has spent much time and money over the last decade marketing itself as a tourist-friendly destination for the whole family. The stories in...

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Breaker

Breaker
  • Author(s): Richard Thomas
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 2000

Living alone in the dusty apartment where he grew up, Ray Nelson is a mystery to his neighbors and an unbeatable foe to the brutal men he fights in the ring for money. But a life defined by sinister...

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Children Below Us: Child Trafficking

Children Below Us:  Child Trafficking
  • Author(s): Blair London
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern Day

Claire and her brother Owen were staying at parents’ old home. Parents were in nursing home, but house hadn’t been sold yet and had most of the furnishings. However, house had been vacant of occupants for quite some time....

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Dead Land

Dead Land
  • Author(s): Sara Paretsky
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Chicago is the city of broad shoulders, but V.I. Warshawski knows its politics: “Pay to Play”. Money changes hands in the middle of the night; by morning, buildings and parks have been replaced by billion-dollar projects. Private investigator V.I....

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Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass
  • Author(s): Ivy Ngeow
  • Location(s): Chicago, Macau (Macao)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Miscellaneous, Thriller, Young Adult
  • Era(s): 1980s

Heart of Glass is a pacy literary thriller set in the 1980s’ disco era. It is exotic and noirish popular fiction. Li-an is a con artist and talented Chinese American musician in Chicago’s Chinatown. With accomplice Dallas, she drugs...

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Identity: Lost

Identity: Lost
  • Author(s): Pascal Marco
  • Location(s): Arizona, Chicago
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s-2000s

It’s July, 1975 and an overworked Chicago police force receives a call that an 85-year-old white man has been attacked by a gang of black youths on the lakefront in Burnham Park. Amid public outrage, contentious Mayor Richard J....

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Make Me A City: a novel of Chicago

Make Me A City: a novel of Chicago
  • Author(s): Jonathan Carr
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Biography, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1800s onwards

It is 1800. On desolate, marshy ground between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, a man builds a house and a city is born … This masterful debut novel spans Chicago’s tumultuous first century, showing how a city is...

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Native Son

Native Son
  • Author(s): Richard Wright
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s

Set in Chicago, Illinois in the 1930s, Native Son is not a sugar-coated tale. It is a tale of a black man trapped by rules that pin him down, pen him in, force him to live in a certain...

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Enter the inaugural TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020