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Chicago Way (Roca Editorial Criminal) [Spanish] [Hardcover]

Msc Harvey Michael , Marcelo Reyes
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Aug 2008 Roca Editorial Criminal
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 professional; 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.
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  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Roca Editorial; Tra edition (Aug 2008)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8492429305
  • ISBN-13: 978-8492429301
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 14.3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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One of the most impressive debuts of the year … fast-paced, well-written and highly enjoyable reading - The Times



Harvey spins us an intriguing yarn and produces a very good crime thriller … the denouement is both unexpected and extremely clever - The Guardian



As the hero of what is doubtless to be a series, Kelly makes a resourceful sleuth and there's some snappy dialogue and several twists to keep us guessing - The Sunday Telegraph



Harvey has created a great private investigator … A cracking debut - Daily Mirror

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From the co-creator and executive producer of the television show Cold Case Files, a fast-paced, stylish murder mystery featuring a tough-talking Irish cop turned private investigator who does for the city of Chicago with Elmore Leonard did for Detroit and Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles. Chicago private investigator 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: Diane Lindsay, a television 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.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
With his first book, Michael Harvey has written a fast-paced, stylish murder mystery featuring a tough-talking Irish cop turned private investigator that does for the city of Chicago what Elmore Leonard did for Detroit, Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles and Robert B. Parker does for Boston. Harvey's main character, while not the most original character in the genre, has the potential to "carry" a successful series a la Harry Bosch, Spenser, Matthew Scudder, etc. If you are in the mood for a book that offers first-rate suspense and is fueled with energy, wit and the gritty atmosphere of a major city, The Chicago Way is a book I'd recommend highly. With his "first swing of the bat," Harvey shows that he has the potential to be a leading "hitter" in the mystery series category.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great start 21 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked up Michael Harvey's second Kelly outing 'The Fifth Floor' whilst on a visit to Seattle a few weeks ago. It's a smart novel and so acquired two more from Amazon. This, his first novel, is probably even better. It is well written - in that self-conscious first person noire style we have grown to love from rebel private detectives. The characterisation is excellent and it's well plotted, too. The dialogue and the internal narrative gets you hooked. Strongly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IS HOLLYWOOD CALLING?? 18 April 2013
By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
For this reader Michael Harvey's freshman venture into the hard-boiled crime drama genre is more James M. Cain than Dashiell Hammett and the hero is more Dana Andrews in Laura than Humphrey Bogart. If compared to the noir movies of the 40's the reader is left with a picture of Robert Mitchum or Sterling Hayden as the protagonist Mike Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck as Elaine Remington and Lauren Bacall as Diane Lindsey. Today casting directors would probably give us Gerard Butler, Cameron Diaz, and Nicole Kidman in those parts.

The story is a fascinating patchwork of Chicago settings from the Drake Hotel ballroom to the back alleys of the windy city "burbs" with bleak pessimistic observations on everything from serial killers, politics, race and gender to pondering observations of ancient Greek philosophers.

Unlike many writers today who feel obligated to fill 500 plus pages with entire chapters describing the color of the sky, Harvey's background in journalism and television documentary production is obvious in his writing style. His sparse "who, what, where, when, why and how" approach to storytelling is a good thing. He hooks you from chapter one, succinctly gives you the information you need while moving the story along at a healthy clip. Things never get boring and the plot never lags as we play "armchair shamus" to Mike Kelly's real deal.

This is a better than average debut and I look forward to another walk on Chicago's wild side in the company of PI Mike Kelly. 3 1/2 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripped from the off! 31 Oct 2012
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I must agree with many of the other 5 star reviewers that this is a book which is hard to put down. So what if it follows a tried and tested formula ... it's not the formula that's important but what you do with it!

And more importantly, is it entertaining? Rest assured, it is. An ex-cop, now PI, who is investigating a cold case but never quite sure who the bad guy (or gal) really is. Consequently, neither do we. It had quick, witty dialogue and was descriptive and exciting so it met all the criteria I want in an American mystery novel. Added to which, it needed (a little bit) more concentration than is required for some other authors of this genre so I felt I'd had a "bumpy ride" with twists and turns galore by the end.

I'm now looking to download the second and third book in this series which is usually a good sign. Highly recommended if this type of book usually appeals.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Steve G
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I always feel I'm taking a risk with a new author,but let me say that Michael Harvey'is a no risk kind of guy. By the time I was at page 8 I was hooked,and the hook was still in there when the book was finished. As the saying goes,! there no second chance to make a first impression!. Well impress he did. Character Ex cop Michael Kelly takes you on none stop ride through Chicago,and you just know he's going to get what he wants.
It's 6.30 AM now,and I'v just finished the book and looking for another to take its place..!not an easy task!..
As a regular visitor to Chicago - and love the place -. I feel like I'm there again with this book. To say I started reading it with doubts in my mind,Michael Harvey' soon swept them away. I hope that P.I Michael Kelly is here to stay. Well done Amazon.Thank you.. thank you.. thank you..
Has it got my five stars. You bet it has.

After reading this book again,a thing I never do. I have to add to my review. I finished the book the other day,and was out of things to read,so decided to read this one again. It's got to be the first time for me to do this so soon after having read it before. Michael Harvey had me hanging on to the plot so much,that it was worth a second hit.
The down side of this is that as far as I know there is only another one to go at this point, as he only did two. The second one The Fifth Floor,and that,s on its way to me now. !Come on postman get a move on..
For a first book its got me looking out for more of P.I Michael Kelly.

It's been a long time since I picked a book up,where the ending grabs you and throws you up against the wall. Just when you think you know who's done it,Michael Harvey shows you that it's not the time to be too smart too soon.

If you have a spare few pounds to spend. Spend it on this.- EXCELLENT -.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my thing at all
Oh dear, I tried hard but just couldn't do it. A friend lent me this and so I felt I should give it a good go. Not my thing, sorry!
Published 14 months ago by Manda Moo
4.0 out of 5 stars The Chicago Way
I found this quite a riveting read. I suppose in other hands it could've been a by-the-numbers thriller-without-thrills but, considering this was Harvey's first novel, his style is... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steve D
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Raymond Chandler
This one is an entry in the vast array of Raymond Chandler-type novels. It has all the elements - a tough-guy hero with a smart mouth, brutal and often corrupt cops, a mystery from... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm now hooked on these books!
I really only bought The Chicago Way as it was offered as one of the Amazon/Kindle Daily Deals and I thought it sounded interesting. Read more
Published on 13 April 2012 by Elena
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
A mix of reviews on this book but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course the PI genre tends to follow the same pattern as thousands of other similar books but I found the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chicago Way
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2.0 out of 5 stars Generic Debut Neo-Hard Boiled Thriller
If you're looking for a reasonably entertaining and utterly disposable modern crime novel, this should suffice. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2009 by A. Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong readable style
So what if it's another first person thriller about a tough PI with an intelligent literary streak and a forlorn heart. Read more
Published on 7 May 2008 by Mrs. P. Lewis
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