Downstate Publications
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About the Company

Downstate Publications is the publisher of four books: the widely acclaimed biography, Brothers Notorious: The Sheltons; a work of fiction, The Summer of '50; the biography, Dapper & Deadly: The True Story of Black Charlie Harris; and Reporting on Life--and people along the way. All are written by well-known Illinois author Taylor Pensoneau.

Brothers Notorious: The Sheltons is an exciting and fast-moving account of the lives and times of Carl, Big Earl and Bernie Shelton, legendary gangsters who were kingpins of racketeering in much of downstate Illinois from the 1920s through the late 1940s.

The Summer of '50 is Pensoneau's first work of fiction. It will keep readers in suspense as veteran reporter Jake Brosky unravels a string of murders in Southern Illinois.

Dapper & Deadly: The True Story of Black Charlie Harris recounts the lifelong journey of the last of the big-name desperadoes from Southern Illinois. Viewed by the FBI as a lethal figure in American crime, Harris eventually landed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. His deadly falling out with the Shelton brothers and his involvement in sensational murders in his own neighborhood brought a reign of terror to Wayne County, Illinois.

The most recent publication released in June of 2014, Reporting on Life--and people along the way, retraces the author's own life and those of several other individuals he admires. He reveals an inside view of the Illinois Statehouse pressroom, Watergate coverage and other chapters comprising his journey. He chronicles the famous and not as famous and tells of tasting life's best and suffering heartbreak.

Downstate Publications is based in the Illinois village of New Berlin, 15 miles west of Springfield. 

For more information, call 217-488-7709 or email: downstatepublications@mchsi.com.

Downstate Publications is based in the Illinois village of New Berlin, 15 miles west of Springfield.

For more information, call 217-488-7709 or email: 
downstatepublications@mchsi.com.

Downstate Publications
P.O. Box 320
New Berlin, IL 62670

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