Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’


Windy City Blues – “My Kind of Town”

November 24, 2014

Windy City

Windy City Blues, Marc Krulewitch

I grew up on the North side of Chicago so many of the locations, even street names, bring back a flood of memories.

And about half way through this book, I thought the author had an interesting theme—family (in the Georgian tradition) versus nepotism (“Chicago corruption, “The City that works”). This is embodied in the central character, Tamar, a Russian who works at a bakery and a private detective who is investigating the murder of a guy who issued parking tickets. The father of the PI had been to jail. Read the rest of this entry ?


THE CHICAGO WAY – “A Chicago Red Hot”

September 18, 2011

The Chicago Way by Michael Harvey

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2007

303 pages, $13.95

This book is a little like taking an El from the Northside to the loop in Chicago. At first you slip by, even stop at, some comfortable urban neighborhoods. Sure there’s a crime for private investigator, Mike Kelly, but also bars near Wriggly Field, beef sandwich diners and old friends on the Chicago police force. Then the El dips down and becomes a subway, streaking through tunnels of rape, serial crime and unsolved murders. Read the rest of this entry ?