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 Books on Tape
"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)
No, it isn't high literature, but it sure is fun. While the author's knowledge of Chicago sometimes comes off a bit tin, it's a great listen. It's perfectly within that two-fisted, hard-boiled, modern pulp genre, and a wonderful exemplar of it. The narration is top notch. The crime's solution and ending is almost hilariously improbable, but along the way you've just had too much fun to care.
The narrator was great. Plot was interesting, but writing was poor. Author uses every boring cliche possible about Chicago, women, rape and police officers. It was really hard to make myself stick with it to the end.
The narrator reads it in an such a simpy, "ironic" tone, that I can't believe it's supposed to be taken seriously as a crime/mystery novel. Maybe he's using that tone because of all the generic cliches. I'm in the second hour of listening right now. As soon as I finish writing this, I'll be on to trying something else. What a disappointment!
First, let me say that I love Stephen Hoye as a narrator. Anything he reads (especially when he reads in first person, and with a hint of world weary sarcasm) is pure enjoyment. The book's subject matter, however, was a little off putting. I really don't like the details of a serial killing, or anything gory. So I might rethink this author's next novel.
Only a little of which is attributable to the reading. I said.
The literary hook is Greek tragedy. Which works remarkably well.
The guy did a good job of plotting, and by the way his hero has a conscience.
So I'm not dis-recommending it. Just warning you that you will be frequently annoyed if you listen to this too soon after reading or, especially, listening to a Spenser novel.
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