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The Chicago Way (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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Publisher Comments:

From the co-creator and executive producer of the television show Cold Case Files, a fast-paced, stylish murder mystery featuring a tough-talking Irish cop turned private investigator who does for the city of Chicago what Elmore Leonard did for Detroit and Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles.

Chicago private investigator Michael Kelly is hired by his former partner, John Gibbons, to help solve an eight-year-old rape and battery case, a case it turns out his old friend was once ordered to forget. When Gibbons turns up dead on Navy Pier, Kelly enlists a team of his savviest colleagues to connect the dots between the recent murder and the cold case it revived: Diane Lindsay, a television reporter whose relationship with Kelly is not strictly professional; his best friend from childhood, Nicole Andrews, a forensic DNA expert; Nicole's boyfriend, Vince Rodriguez, a detective with a special interest in rape cases; and Bennett Davis from the DA's office, a friend since Kelly's days on the force. To close the case, Kelly will have to face the mob, a serial killer, his own double-crossing friends, and the mean streets of the city he loves.

Ferociously plotted and crackling with wit, The Chicago Way is first-rate suspense steeped in the glorious, gritty atmosphere of a great city: a marvelous debut.

Review:

"Harvey's debut delivers a fast-paced thrill ride through Chicago's seedy underbelly, where the lines between cops and criminals become dangerously blurred. When his old partner asks for help with an old rape case, Michael Kelly, former Chicago detective turned PI, finds himself in the middle of a massive coverup with links to a notorious serial killer on death row. With the help of his childhood friend, DNA analyst Nicole Andrews, feisty and sexy TV reporter Diane Lindsay and a handful of cops he hopes he can trust, Kelly must solve the original rape case while staying alive as the men who killed to keep a secret set their sights on him. Harvey, the cocreator and executive producer of A&E's Cold Case Files, spins a twisted story that masterfully combines the sardonic wit of Chandler with the gritty violence of Lehane's Kenzie and Gennaro series. Bringing Chicago to life so skillfully that the reader can almost hear the El train in the distance, Harvey is poised to take the crime-writing world by storm. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"It is a measure of the ambition of Michael Harvey's first novel, 'The Chicago Way,' that we start it thinking about Dashiell Hammett and end it pondering Aeschylus. Here's his opening paragraph: 'I was on the second floor of a three-story walk-up on Chicago's North Side. Outside the Hawk blew hard off the lake and flattened itself against the bay windows. I didn't care. I had my feet up, a cup of... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"You will see this book everywhere — airports, beaches, trains. A magnificent debut that should be read by all." John Grisham

Review:

"Heartfelt, ambitious....Kelly, a wisecracking Irish Scrapper, slings metaphors like Philip Marlowe and reads Homer and Aeschylus in Greek....Harvey ends up delivering the goods." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Packed with the kind of wry, dry narration that goes down as smoothly as a pulp paperback with a shot of rye....A twisty page turner." Booklist

Review:

"The Chicago Way is a wonderful first novel. Michael Harvey has studied the masters and put his own unique touch on the crime novel. This book harkens the arrival of a major new voice." Michael Connelly

Review:

"[A]n overheated boilerplate thriller populated by slinky but wounded female figurines; tediously psycho bad guys; and implausible plot twists that strain to shock. Maybe the greatest tragedy is that a writer as gifted as Harvey couldn't produce a more original book. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Debut author Harvey borrows elements from Chandler and Robert B. Parker's Spenser to create an appealing, crusading sleuth. Despite a certain lack of originality in the serial killer, who resembles notorious murderer John Wayne Gacy, this is recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Gritty and witty, The Chicago Way is done the classic Raymond Chandler Way. Harvey's taut plot, snappy prose, and memorable characters make this debut novel a real winner." Kathy Reichs

Review:

"[A] provocative novel that captures the grittiness of the Windy City and spins a murder mystery with a satisfying and out-of-left-field ending....Readers will find the clipped cadence of Harvey's dialogue and narrative wonderfully reminiscent of Raymond Chandler." USA Today

Review:

"Harvey, with his unnervingly good debut...evokes Chandler in a style that would make the master tilt a glass in Harvey's direction. Besides the attitude and the dialogue, Harvey has come up with an ending that surprised even this mystery reader of 30 years." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Synopsis:

US

Synopsis:

Private detective Michael Kelly is hired by his former partner to solve an eight-year old rape and battery case long gone cold. But when the partner turns up dead, Kelly enlists a team of his savviest colleagues to connect the dots between the recent murder and the cold case it revived: a television reporter whose relationship with Kelly is not strictly professional; his best friend from childhood, a forensic DNA expert; and an old ally from the DA's office. To close the case, Kelly will have to face the mob, a serial killer, his own double-crossing friends, and the mean streets of the city he loves.

About the Author

Michael Harvey is a writer, journalist, and documentary producer. He has received national and international awards for his work. Mr. Harvey earned a law degree from Duke University, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's degree in classical languages from Holy Cross College. He lives in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307386281
Author:
Harvey, Michael
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Harvey, Michael, Msc
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.)
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
General History
Subject:
mystery;chicago;fiction;crime;noir;michael kelly;detective
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.68 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 320 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307386281 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Harvey's debut delivers a fast-paced thrill ride through Chicago's seedy underbelly, where the lines between cops and criminals become dangerously blurred. When his old partner asks for help with an old rape case, Michael Kelly, former Chicago detective turned PI, finds himself in the middle of a massive coverup with links to a notorious serial killer on death row. With the help of his childhood friend, DNA analyst Nicole Andrews, feisty and sexy TV reporter Diane Lindsay and a handful of cops he hopes he can trust, Kelly must solve the original rape case while staying alive as the men who killed to keep a secret set their sights on him. Harvey, the cocreator and executive producer of A&E's Cold Case Files, spins a twisted story that masterfully combines the sardonic wit of Chandler with the gritty violence of Lehane's Kenzie and Gennaro series. Bringing Chicago to life so skillfully that the reader can almost hear the El train in the distance, Harvey is poised to take the crime-writing world by storm. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "You will see this book everywhere — airports, beaches, trains. A magnificent debut that should be read by all."
"Review" by , "Heartfelt, ambitious....Kelly, a wisecracking Irish Scrapper, slings metaphors like Philip Marlowe and reads Homer and Aeschylus in Greek....Harvey ends up delivering the goods."
"Review" by , "Packed with the kind of wry, dry narration that goes down as smoothly as a pulp paperback with a shot of rye....A twisty page turner."
"Review" by , "The Chicago Way is a wonderful first novel. Michael Harvey has studied the masters and put his own unique touch on the crime novel. This book harkens the arrival of a major new voice."
"Review" by , "[A]n overheated boilerplate thriller populated by slinky but wounded female figurines; tediously psycho bad guys; and implausible plot twists that strain to shock. Maybe the greatest tragedy is that a writer as gifted as Harvey couldn't produce a more original book. (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "Debut author Harvey borrows elements from Chandler and Robert B. Parker's Spenser to create an appealing, crusading sleuth. Despite a certain lack of originality in the serial killer, who resembles notorious murderer John Wayne Gacy, this is recommended."
"Review" by , "Gritty and witty, The Chicago Way is done the classic Raymond Chandler Way. Harvey's taut plot, snappy prose, and memorable characters make this debut novel a real winner."
"Review" by , "[A] provocative novel that captures the grittiness of the Windy City and spins a murder mystery with a satisfying and out-of-left-field ending....Readers will find the clipped cadence of Harvey's dialogue and narrative wonderfully reminiscent of Raymond Chandler."
"Review" by , "Harvey, with his unnervingly good debut...evokes Chandler in a style that would make the master tilt a glass in Harvey's direction. Besides the attitude and the dialogue, Harvey has come up with an ending that surprised even this mystery reader of 30 years."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Private detective Michael Kelly is hired by his former partner to solve an eight-year old rape and battery case long gone cold. But when the partner turns up dead, Kelly enlists a team of his savviest colleagues to connect the dots between the recent murder and the cold case it revived: a television reporter whose relationship with Kelly is not strictly professional; his best friend from childhood, a forensic DNA expert; and an old ally from the DA's office. To close the case, Kelly will have to face the mob, a serial killer, his own double-crossing friends, and the mean streets of the city he loves.
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