Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Chicago Way

I reviewed Michael Harvey's The Chicago Way in Library Journal, Aug. 15, 2007. Here's the review, reprinted with permission.

Harvey, Michael. The Chicago Way. Knopf. Aug. 2007. c.304p. ISBN 978-0-307-26686-6. $23.95. M

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

Copyright © 2007 Cahners Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. Reprinted with permission.


Joy said...

You have to STOP! I can't keep up. :)

Lesa said...

But, you ought to see my closet, Joy! I can't keep up either. I have to keep going. (smile)

JHL said...

Your LJ review got me to buy this book. Haven't read it yet, but it's on the TBR list.
Jean (IL public librarian)

Lesa said...

Now that you bought it, I hope you enjoy it, Jean! I know what those TBR lists can be like.