Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review: The Chicago Way by Michael Harvey

Title: The Chicago Way
Author: Michael Harvey
Year Published: 2007

Genre: Adult mystery
Pages: 303
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2014 Google Reading map): USA (Illinois)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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 business; 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.

Review: This book has been on my iPad for such a long time, but I guess I was just waiting for the right time to read it and so I started this book when we went to Chicago this weekend; it seemed fitting to read The Chicago Way while I was in Chicago and I was right. It was fun to read about the actions of the characters in places I had just been!

I am a sucker for a good mystery or detective novel and this one has all the right elements:

  • A detective who is smart and interesting. Michael Kelly reads ancient Greek texts for fun, is in his 30s and used to be a police detective
  • A love interest. Diana is a local news anchor, is strong and independent, and has more to her than meets the eye
  • A murder. Or two or three or five. This book has quite a few murders and they all end up connected (of course). The other main issue in the story is rape and the topic is handled well with discussions of forensics, therapy, and the impact of rape on the victim. Blessedly, the rapes are not described. Thank you very much to the author for that!
  • Good writing. Yep, this book flowed for me from the very start. Although there are a lot of characters it was never confusing, when you find out the truth of what has been going on it doesn't seem to come out of nowhere, and there is just enough description of Chicago that you feel like you are there.

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