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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (16 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408819678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408819678
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A very good crime thriller ... both unexpected and extremely clever' (Guardian)

'Harvey has created a great private investigator ... a cracking debut' (Daily Mirror)

'Fast-paced, well-written and highly enjoyable' (The Times)

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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 on 6 Jun. 2008
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 April 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Jackson on 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 By Kindle Junkie on 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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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Sept. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Michael Harvey's debut novel exploits his background and experience as 'co-creator and executive producer of Cold Case Files'. The book is steeped in the tradition of hard-boiled American murder-mystery novels - offering alluring females, dangerous criminals, a mobster chief, many deaths [both historical and contemporary], cover-ups, violent policemen and corrupt lawyer-politicians. It is pacey, the plot largely holds the reader and there are several twists.

However, the narrator, Chicago PI [and ex police detective] Michael Kelly, seems almost constructed by computer to have the necessary `tick-box' characteristics, Irish ancestry, recently separated, having few friends, an ex-professional boxer, baseball fan, Earl Grey tea drinker and reader of Aeschylus and Cicero [exploiting the author's bachelor's degree in classical languages]. The book is set largely in Chicago but, apart from references to snow and wind, there is little to convince the reader of this - apart from regular mention of the city's Sun-Times newspaper.

Harvey can certainly write [`A rape scene is a lot like a homicide except the victim is still alive. You might figure that to be a good thing. A lot of times, though, you'd be figuring wrong. The house on Pensecola was one of those times.' The character of a victim is swiftly presented: `Up high on the fridge was a high school prom shot, circa 1987. An overweight girl stuffed into a dress with plastic roses on it. Her date was cut out of the picture. Beside that, a magazine shot of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on the beach, except Angelina's head was gone and the overweight high school girl, now an overweight woman, had taken her place.
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