The Resource The Chicago way, Michael Harvey

The Chicago way, Michael Harvey

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The Chicago way
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The Chicago way
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Michael Harvey
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eng
Summary
A former Chicago cop and tough, street-smart private detective, Michael Kelly is hired by his former partner, John Gibbons, to solve an eight-year-old rape and battery case, a crime that is complicated by Gibbons's own murder
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  • The opening pages are packed with the kind of wry, dry narration that goes down as smoothly as a pulp paperback with a shot of rye. But the case that walks in through Chicago PI Michael Kelly's door is no laughing matter: find a brutal rapist who walked out of jail nine years ago. Harvey is a cocreator of A&E's Cold Case Files, and his plot reflects a true-crime sensibility. As Kelly's investigation uncovers a growing body count, DNA evidence, antirape activists, and a John Wayne Gacy—like serial killer all come into play. But as much as we enjoy a mix of vintage prose and contemporary settings, wisecracking banter is the wrong tone for a topic like rape. The prose sobers up somewhat as the tale goes on, but Harvey never gets the blend quite right. It's a twisty page-turner (and Chicagoans will enjoy seeing the Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville neighborhoods cast as mean streets), but if Harvey had chosen either a lighter plot or darker prose, the book could have been much better. -- Graff, Keir (Reviewed 08-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 22, p42)
  • /* Starred Review */ Harvey's debut delivers a fast-paced thrill ride through Chicago's seedy underbelly, where the lines between cops and criminals become dangerously blurred. When his old partner asks for help with an old rape case, Michael Kelly, former Chicago detective turned PI, finds himself in the middle of a massive coverup with links to a notorious serial killer on death row. With the help of his childhood friend, DNA analyst Nicole Andrews, feisty and sexy TV reporter Diane Lindsay and a handful of cops he hopes he can trust, Kelly must solve the original rape case while staying alive as the men who killed to keep a secret set their sights on him. Harvey, the cocreator and executive producer of A&E's Cold Case Files , spins a twisted story that masterfully combines the sardonic wit of Chandler with the gritty violence of Lehane's Kenzie and Gennaro series. 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. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 25, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 26, p30)
  • The latest incarnation of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe is ex-Chicago cop Michael Kelly, who narrates his tale in crisp staccato prose. Kelly is drawn into an eight-year-old rape case after his former partner is found dead on Navy Pier. The rape victim becomes Kelly's latest client, a woman whose story intrigues a DNA analyst and a TV anchorwoman. Kelly's investigation soon takes him into deep, dangerous waters, with connections to the mob, a cover-up, and a serial killer. Debut author Harvey borrows elements from Chandler and Robert B. Parker's Spenser to create an appealing, crusading sleuth. Despite a certain lack of originality in the serial killer, who resembles notorious murderer John Wayne Gacy, this is recommended for all public libraries. Harvey is the cocreator of television's Cold Case Files , and that may add patron appeal.—Lesa M. Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ --Lesa M. Holstine (Reviewed August 15, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 13, p55)
  • Nine years after the Chicago Police Department let a rapist slip between their fingers, people involved in the case are dying by the dozen in this heartfelt, ambitious, highly derivative debut.The first victim—at least the first one private eye Michael Kelly finds out about—is John Gibbons, his old partner on the Chicago force, shot to death the day after he asks Kelly's help in the case of Elaine Remington, who's just reappeared after miraculously surviving a murderous assault in 1997. After the cops arrested a suspect that night, he mysteriously disappeared from the precinct house and the case was discreetly buried. Now a remarkably similar rapist seems to be at work again, leaving behind a trail of cut throats and bullet wounds. It's all "just like in the movies," muses Kelly, and he couldn't be more right. Not only is his author boldly stealing dialogue tags from The Big Sleep, The Godfather and The Silence of the Lambs, Kelly himself, a wisecracking Irish scrapper who slings metaphors like Philip Marlowe and reads Homer and Aeschylus in Greek, is right out of Central Casting. But when Kelly's oldest friend is murdered—bad for her, good for the story—and the DNA evidence implicates a convict who's spent the last ten years on Death Row, Kelly shakes off the shades of those genre classics and gets down to business.If you can shrug off the mannered narration, ex–TV producer Harvey ends up delivering the goods. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
169906
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harvey, Michael T.
Dewey number
813/.6
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no index present
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novels
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True
Series statement
Michael Kelly mysteries
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0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Police
  • Chicago (Ill.)
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The Chicago way, Michael Harvey
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"A Borzoi book"--Title page verso
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text
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25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780307266866
Lccn
2007007796
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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The Chicago way, Michael Harvey
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Copyright
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"A Borzoi book"--Title page verso
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780307266866
Lccn
2007007796
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n

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