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The Third Rail [Paperback]

Michael Harvey
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5 April 2010
The ferocious new novel from the author of The Chicago Way and The Fifth Floor finds Michael Harvey at the top of his game in an expertly plotted, impossible to put down thriller set in Chicago's public transit system. Harvey's tough talking, Aeschylus quoting, former Irish cop turned PI, Michael Kelly, is back in another sizzling murder mystery that pits him against a merciless sniper on the loose in Chicago's public transportation system. After witnessing a shooting on an L platform-and receiving a phone call from the killer himself-Kelly is drawn toward a murderer with an unnerving link to his own past, to a crime he witnessed as a child, and to the consequences it had on his relationship with his father, a subject Kelly would prefer to leave unexamined. But when his girlfriend-the gorgeous Chicago judge Rachel Swenson-is abducted, Kelly has no choice but to find the killer by excavating his own stormy past. Stylish, sophisticated, edge-of-your-seat suspense from a new modern master.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Airport and Export ed edition (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408805855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408805855
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Michael Harvey 'A magnificent debut that should be read by all' John Grisham 'Michael Harvey has studied the masters and put his own unique touch on the crime novel. A major new voice' Michael Connelly 'Gritty and witty ... a real winner' Kathy Reichs 'Murder, bare-knuckle mayoral politics, and historical catastrophe - in short, the perfect Chicago detective story' Erik Larson

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'Wonderful ... Michael Harvey has put his own unique touch on the crime novel' Michael Connelly
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 25 April 2010
Michael Harvey just keeps getting better. If you have not read his books before then i would recommend you do. Start with the 1st Kelly novel- The Chicago Way and you'll be hooked. this one however is the best yet with suspense and twist and turns on each page. can't wait for the next.
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THE THIRD RAIL by Michael Harvey utilizes the political panorama that defines the city of Chicago and mixes historical fact with a fast paced, imaginative and dramatic confection contrived by the author to deliver a novel that is as electrifying as the title infers.

Harvey is not shy about utilizing his characters to espouse his views (most of them negative) about everything from the misappropriation of funds by the hierarchy of the Catholic church (could this be the infamous scandal involving Cardinal Cody) and the boorish behavior of the cities Mayor (everyone can easily recognize Richard Daley) to the crazy antics of the FBI and Homeland Security as they use their considerable power construct a profile that suits their particular perspective. In short he has scrutinized organized religion, law enforcement agencies, politics and politicians and is convinced that they are innundated with corruption and cover-ups.......and who am I to disagree with his conclusions.

Drawing on an actual "L" train accident for his background scenario, Harvey's carefully constructed psychological thriller has a foundation build on the solid ground of well written descriptive passages while utilizing culpability and retribution as the bricks and mortar that give the story its one two punch.

Make sure you have a few hours to devote to this book because once you start reading you will find it almost impossible to stop. 3 1/2 STARS
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost five stars 15 Mar 2012
By Strv 74
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This book has everything in it to make it a great traditional PI story. The Hero Michael Kelly appears to be one of those classical PI:s that solves problems in the criminal underworld of a large US city. The Dialogue is working, the attitude is right and there is a great mix of police, criminals and ladies.

It would have been five stars but for two things. The PI Michael Kelly is not presented in a way that you really get to know him. It is as if you should have had him presented before you started the book so you don't need more information. It is even hard to visualize him in your head since you really do not have more information about him. I read "The Chicago Way" before but that was some time ago so I can't really get a grip on him. One thing that stands out is that he is more willing to bend the law than most PI:s in other authors books. He is also more brutal.

The Other thing that makes you hesitate is that the story itself is very twisted and hard to believe. I don't know if this is a general tendency but if you compare all US made crime TV shows (CSI, The Mentalist etc) you get the feeling that the villains are getting more and more strange and complicated and less and less believable. Same in this book. Too many strange and long jumps in the logic.

But the book reads well and is hard to put down. After finishing it I immediately started on the follow up "We all fall down".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story 24 Feb 2014
By Boz
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Excellent story - lots of twists keeping you hooked all the way through.
A thougroughly good book I would certainly recommend.
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