UIC News: First-time novelist Pete Thanos captures mob life in thriller

Written by Gary Wisby on Novemer 16, 2011

Pete Thanos, an operating engineer in Facilities Management, spent 20 years writing his first novel, The Fearless and the Feared. He wrote during “inspirational moments,” he says.

Tribune Local: Orland Park Native Pens First Novel

Written by Publisher on December 10, 2011

Thanos, 43, of Orland Park, has worked for 13 years at the university as a boiler operator, albeit one with the grit, determination and inventiveness of a seasoned novelist.

Southtown Star: Crime takes time: Orland Park man’s mob tale was 20 years in the making

Written by Publisher on March 15, 2012

A young Italian South Sider falls in with a mob boss while he’s in prison. A drug-addicted narcotics detective, who has issues from serving in Vietnam, brings down some of Chicago’s worst hoodlums. A good guy fresh from pharmacy school gets involved with drug bosses to help pay his dad’s medical bills.

Orland Park Prairie: Drug King Pins, mafia crime focus of Orland resident’s book

Written by Kristen Thometz on August 7, 2012

In the summer of 1978, the Chicago mob is struggling. As an up-and coming cartel prepares to unleash a blizzard of cocaine and challenge the reeling Mafia for dominance of the second city streets, there is only one man who can stop them—Max Walsh, a 30-something Vietnam veteran and narcotics detective.


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Fearless and the Feared was the best criminal novel I read in years. I can't wait to see your next one!