Individual Author Record
Name: Cari LynnPen Name: None Genre: Born: in Sites:
Illinois ConnectionLynn is a Chicago native.
Biographical and Professional InformationA Chicagoan-area native, Cari Lynn spent two years undercover on the trading floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to write the narrative nonfiction, Leg the Spread, focusing on the handful of women traders who braved the vicious, high-stakes trading pits. In The Whistleblower, Lynn wrote the story of police officer and UN peacekeeper Kathryn Bolkovac, who blew the whistle on a sex trafficking scandal (Bolkovac was recently honored in Chicago with the Rising Voice of Woman Award). Lynn's first novel (historical fiction) will be out February 25th from Penguin/Plume, entitled Madam: A Novel of New Orleans. Lynn holds a Master's in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University and has taught at Loyola and Columbia College.
- Leg The Spread, Broadway Books, 2004
- The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 - written with Kathryn Bolkovac
- MADAM: A Novel of New Orleans, to be released by Penguin/Plume in February 2014
Titles At Your Library
Leg the Spread: A Woman's Adventures Inside the Trillion-Dollar Boys' Club of Commodities Trading
ISBN: 0767908562 Broadway. 2005
In the Futures market, it’s all about minimizing risk and maximizing your wallet. Buying something gives you one leg—selling something gives you another—and if you’ve got two legs to stand on, that’s your spread. Anyone can make money by legging the spread, but if you’re a woman, you need something else: the presence, savvy, and stomach to run with the bulls and make your way in this ultimate boys club.
Welcome to the jungle.
The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice
ISBN: 0230108024 St. Martin's Press. 2011
When Nebraska police officer and divorced mother of three Kathryn Bolkovac saw a recruiting announcement for private military contractor DynCorp International, she applied and was hired. Good money, world travel, and the chance to help rebuild a war-torn country sounded like the perfect job. Bolkovac was shipped out to Bosnia, where DynCorp had been contracted to support the UN peacekeeping mission. She was assigned as a human rights investigator, heading the gender affairs unit. The lack of proper training provided sounded the first alarm bell, but once she arrived in Sarajevo, she found out that things were a lot worse. At great risk to her personal safety, she began to unravel the ugly truth about officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution and their connections to private mercenary contractors, the UN, and the U.S. State Department. After bringing this evidence to light, Bolkovac was demoted, felt threatened with bodily harm, was fired, and ultimately forced to flee the country under cover of darkness―bringing the incriminating documents with her. Thanks to the evidence she collected, she won a lawsuit against DynCorp, finally exposing them for what they had done. This is her story and the story of the women she helped achieve justice for.
Madam: A Novel of New Orleans
ISBN: 0142180629 Plume. 2014 When vice had a legal home and jazz was being born—the captivating story of an infamous true-life madam
New Orleans, 1900. Mary Deubler makes a meager living as an “alley whore.” That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a red-light district that’s mockingly dubbed “Storyville.” Mary believes there’s no place for a lowly girl like her in the high-class bordellos of Storyville’s Basin Street, where Champagne flows and beautiful girls turn tricks in luxurious bedrooms. But with gumption, twists of fate, even a touch of Voodoo, Mary rises above her hopeless lot to become the notorious Madame Josie Arlington.
Filled with fascinating historical details and cameos by Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and E. J. Bellocq, Madam is a fantastic romp through The Big Easy and the irresistible story of a woman who rose to power long before the era of equal rights.