This is a very "noir" crime novel, as in the likes of Dashiell Hammett. Ray is a deeply flawed, very violent man, with a penchant for intros..Show More »pection. The character is drawn with exquisite detail. So is the city of Chicago in which it takes place.
The plot hums along at a most satisfactory pace. The narrator is superb. My one nit is his mispronunciation of the street name Armitage!
This award-winning novel is a must for all Chicagoans, and for devotees of crime fiction everywhere.
I wonder why Audible hasn't given it more visibility.
Some books take a while to build up your interest. Some never get to that point. The last one I listened to, I had to give up on after a few hours -..Show More » rare for me.
It was nice that this one was entertaining from start to finish. Joe Barrett was a new refreshing voice for me - you can get tired of hearing the same great voice over so many adventures by different authors.
I enjoyed the action, mystery, political subtext, and the ending. I can't figure out why this book is only showing as a 3.8. The ending may have something to do with it. Good doesn't always triumph over evil - but can sometimes do just enough to keep a little of it at bay.
This is a good introduction to the colorful, imperfect detective. Ray Dudgeon and the backdrop of Chicago makes this a ripping good yarn.