They Tell Me You Are Crooked is a fantastic second installment in the Duncan Cochrane series.
From the beautifully written opening chapter describing the sniping murder of a young boy in Cabrini Green to the protagonist's moving into Cabrini Green in order to investigate the sniping (which is based on real events) to the ultimate satisfying, but not entirely happy, resolution, the writing rings of reality and truth. It draws the reader emotionally forward and also conveys a terrific sense of time and place.
The protagonist is well-developed, complex, and unique--a politician with flaws, but also with his own brand of integrity and determination. The subplot concerning the possible exposure of the protagonist's critical secret and the insightful descriptions of his political activities add a multi-layered richness to the story.
They Tell Me You Are Crooked is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book which should not be missed.