Chicago P.I. 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. They include Diane Lindsay, a TV 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.
©2007 Michael Harvey; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"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." (Publishers Weekly)
I'm a science fiction nut, but I also admit I'm a hopeless romantic at heart.
The performance by Stephen Hoye is okay, the story is just terrible. It follows a pattern of detective novels that is easy to pick up on. A good author could have taken that template and made something work with it. This is just poorly done, and not worth the time.
Another problem is that it takes place in Chicago in 2006, but reads as though it's supposed to have happened in the 1940s or 1950s. A lot of the places described in the city are exaggerated and most of the characters are so far over the top that it's hard to really get into the story. As a first school effort for someone trying to write a novel, this might be okay, but it's really just a bad story, and you can see the ending coming right from the opening. I know that foreshadowing is something a lot of writers like to do, but it's way to obvious here.
He did an okay job, but I think it was dragged down by the bad story.
All of them.
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