The Chicago Way

The Chicago Way 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

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  • Title: The Chicago Way
  • Author: MichaelHarvey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 bPrivate 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. It may be Michael Harvey's debut novel, but it reads like a classic crime story. I hadn't intended to start a new book today; I intended even less to finish it. I picked up The Chicago Way as a quick distraction, imagining that I would read a few pages and then put it down for a few years until I had the time again. Instead, I found myself flying through the pages and finishing the book in a few hours.Michael Kelly, a former Chicago cop and current private detective, is hired by his old partner [...]

    2. Michael Kelly is a Chicago cop-turned private investigator after having been railroaded off the force. His former partner, now retired, hires him to pursue a forgotten rape case that almost ended his own career. When the partner and client is murdered, and when Kelly is hired by the woman who was raped, things heat up. The deeper Kelly digs, the deadlier the case becomes. Kelly is a classic hardboiled p.i. The reviews of the novel often make reference to Raymond Chandler, but the atmosphere is m [...]

    3. After having this on my "to-read" shelf for a long time, I finally found a used autographed copy at my local store.This was a well done "hard-boiled" detective story, in which the outcome was pretty shocking and not really expected. I liked the details about cold cases and the use of science at crime scenes the best because I just find that kind of stuff fascinating.I am intigued to read the second installment, but I'm also prepared to be disappointed at the same time because it's hard to write [...]

    4. The Chicago Way is a brisk, entertaining read about a private detective and ex cop named Michael Kelly. I couldn't put it down once I began reading. Set in Chicago, the book is a love letter to The Windy City, and those familiar with the neighborhoods, politics, and media there will find themselves smiling--often. (Loved the joke at Chicago TV newscaster Jackie Bange's--pronounced "bang!"--expense--every guy I know has made the same or similar wisecracks about that name). My favorite line that s [...]

    5. 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 Nico [...]

    6. Cool title, cool cover art Maybe the worst book I have ever read. I'm generally pretty forgiving and easy to please with anything either crime noir or Chicago-centric but this was so bad that my mouth was sweating the entire twenty-five minutes it took me to read it. The book is written as though the author visited the city for a convention, went to a Cubs game, drank a few MGD 64s at one of the meat head bars in Wrigleyville,then went a few blocks over to Boystown for action on the DL. Then, th [...]

    7. Ably read by Stephen Hoye who brings just the right amount of bemused detachment and cynicism to the character. Ex-cop Michael Kelly is now a P.I. whose former partner shows up at his door and tells about a case he wants to hire Kelly to work on, a rape that was being covered up by his superiors.Let me say that while I liked this book, there were some things that just didn’t fit or seemed implausible: the blackmail, the raped hooker from an original crime, the killings that seemed to be, in th [...]

    8. The title pulled me in, the writing was okay but the style was off kilter. The author tries too hard to be like other authors and never develops his own style.

    9. It was a decent read & I kept thinking it came across as an attempt at noir fiction that highlighted Chicago (both of which I have a weakness for) but in the end he missed the mark.

    10. Although the famous quotation by Sean Connery’s character in The Untouchables where he told Elliott Ness that the Chicago Way was essentially paying back more than you received (ie. gunshots for bludgeoning, deaths for injuries), it really doesn’t have anything to do with this debut mystery, The Chicago Way than to provide a mental landmark for the story’s venue. Of course, it does feature real “landmarks” like the Golden Apple restaurant and a few local watering holes (including the H [...]

    11. I bought The Chicago Way by Michael Harvey several months ago because had it on sale for cheap. I’m glad I did.Most fictional detectives have sad lives and hard upbringings. It seems this is a prerequisite for becoming a good fictional detective. Harvey’s private investigator protagonist, Michael Kelly, is has a life filled with next level sadness. As I said to my wife, the best way to describe how rough Kelly’s life has been is that he’s a White detective in Chicago whose life-long bes [...]

    12. THE CHICAGO WAY. (2007). Michael Harvey. ***. I recently read “The Third Rail” by this author, of whom I knew nothing. I thought that that book was excellent and decided to read his earlier stuff, too. This was his first novel, and featured the character Michael Kelly, a P.I. and former cop (how novel!). In this first episode, Michael is approached by a former cop partner of his about a case he had worked ten or so years ago. It was the rape and murder of a young woman which was never solved [...]

    13. I was pleasantly surprised by how true this was to the tradition of detective noir novels. In addition to taking place in Chicago there are also crooked civil servants, a brief appearance by the mob, and a new client tied to an old case. Michael Kelly, Harvey’s principle character, reads like the Sam Spade archetype come true. A former cop and current PI, he has the traditional sarcastic wit, limited personal attachments, and excellent sleuthing skills one would want of a detective. Despite th [...]

    14. The Chicago Way,by Michael Harvey, B-plus. Narrated by Stephen Hoye, produced by Books on Tape, downloaded from audible.Michael Kelly is a tough Irish ex-cop now private investigator. He is approached by his former partner from the force, John Gibbons, and is asked to help John solve a case he had been ordered to forget nine years previously. Then a day later, Gibbons turns up dead. There seems to be no file on the case in the cold case files, and everyone who knew anything about the case has di [...]

    15. "A large pair of 1950s cat-eye glasses appeared over the top of the TV. Directly underneath said glasses was a pallid face twisted into a silent shriek, masquerading as a smile." And that second sentence (on p. 13) is when I stopped seriously reading this book. I mean, what a ridiculous set of words. I managed to plow on until page 30, then gave up and just skimmed the rest. This book was just so poorly written. It reads like someone was given an assignment to write a hard-boiled detective story [...]

    16. A solid debut novel and a good introduction to an interesting character that doesn't seek to compulsively explain everything right away. It was one of those books that made me skip lunch in the teachers' lounge so I could read instead.The author Michael Harvey is a co-creator of the TV show Cold Case Files and does a good job writing about crime. In this book, he focused on sexual assault in a way that conveys the violent nature of the crime with a stark matter-of-factness, setting out reality w [...]

    17. It's a trip to read terse, gritty old-school detective fiction prose in a story set in current-day Chicago. In between lines such as, "He sat down as if he belonged there and always had," and "She was half hidden in an alley, nothing but the glow of a cigarette marking her presence," private detective Michael Kelly takes us to Mr. Beef, Ukrainian Village, Intelligentsia Coffee, the Drake Hotel, and even the dog park Wiggley Field. The mystery had me invested, but ended kind of weakly, and some o [...]

    18. Ultimately, I enjoyed this book, but it took me a while to get into its rhythmn. The dialogue is highly stylized (trying very hard to be hard-boiled Phillip Marlowe) and that was initially off-putting. (Why, I can't really say, since I certainly enjoy the genre in general.) And unfortunately, this was another book heavily focused on violence against women and girls, which I really need a break from -- not the author's fault, just bad timing on this reader's part.All that said, about 2/3 of the w [...]

    19. This gets off to a good start with some great noir styling, strong character development, and an interesting case.Then Harvey tries to ramp it up, and it falls apart. The plot becomes a ridiculous shaggy dog story, with serial killers, mobsters, vigilante justice, and a dozen behind-the-scenes manipulations that are completely unbelievable. Even the clever language that Harvey used in the opening chapters goes away, driven off by the silly plot. As for all those interesting characters, all I can [...]

    20. OK, so I am easily influenced. Read a review of a new book he wrote which touted his knowledge of Chicago and saw Kindle was having a 2 for 1 sale on his first two books. Took a peek at the first and I was hooked. Michael Kelly is an ex-cop and there was something about this that reminded me of Raymond Chandler's approach.we'll see, but so far it is hard to lay it aside for long. Everything about Chicago (the venues, the neighborhoods, the cops, the media) rings true.The ending was a little jumb [...]

    21. This book begins as what appears to be a standard wise-cracking ex-cop P.I. novel, and then it transformed in to a thoughtful study of some messed-up men and women. My major complaint is that there doesn't appear to be an "arc" for the main character; with all that happens in this book, there should be a profound impact that takes us in a new direction and gives us food for thought. The writing is strong, and the author paints Chicago as a robust city. I was hoping for some emotional transition, [...]

    22. This was enjoyable, but not fantastic. It tried too hard to be dark and/or troubled, and too often the lead detective just seemed like a cliche instead of a real person. Also, for someone familiar with the city, it was annoying to have him name real places and then have the geography not work out. With those points out of the way, it was a very good plot and I hope he publishes other books with the same detective. A quick and fun read. Recommended.

    23. Great read: easy prose, excellent imagery, imaginative story and intense characters. Highly recommend to anyone who loves Chandler or Burke.

    24. He always called me Michael, which was okay since that was my name.When a line of early Woody Allen-ish dialogue showed up on the second page of The Chicago Way, I honestly thought that this would be a parody of hard-boiled mystery fiction. I'm still not entirely sure it isn't.This is a very by the numbers book, cramming in as many clichés as possible. The narrator, private detective Michael Kelly (who, not coincidentally, shares a first name with the author), is an amazing, brilliant man. He h [...]

    25. The Chicago Way is about an old murder mystery which Michael Kelly is hired to solve. He gathers a team of intelligent friends of his that could contain information and aid in the solving of this case. Through multiple tragedies and unexpected twists, Michael Kelly needs to discover leads to solve this cold case. I read this book because it was given to me as a present from my father, who is aware of my interest to become a detective and solve murder mysteries. I have always been fascinated by f [...]

    26. “The Chicago Way” is an interesting hard-boiled noir that deals with the tragic and long-term effect of rape on innocent victims, which seems to be the tenet of crime in society even today. The story starts with our protagonist P.I Michael Kelly (a retired cop) is surprised by an old buddy from the force, who had been investigating an cold case that he first worked on years ago, a young woman brutally assaulted and stabbed, left for dead by her assailant. Now he has received a letter from th [...]

    27. You can almost hear Chicago's El train in this hardboiled mystery that features many actual locations in the city. A street-smart former cop, now private detective, is contacted by his one-time partner to assist with a cold case rape crime. When the ex-partner is murdered, Michael Kelly uses personal connections to reveal many layers of deception that take readers into the seediest neighborhoods and the highest echelons of Chicago society.The author uses a plot-line similar to the true story of [...]

    28. I think Michael Harvey writes well. There are decent descriptions of Chicago in The Chicago Way and he does convey the sense of loneliness that private investigator Michael Kelly feels. That said, though, this book is too full of cliches of detective novels of ago. Smoking, walking the streets at 3 a.m blonde dames, people dying just before they reveal key clues, et al.One reviewer here said Harvey was trying to be some other writer instead of his own self. Think Raymond Chandler, Robert Parker, [...]

    29. Admittedly, any book taking place in Chicago automatically has a special place in my mind. This first thriller/mystery in a series was well-written with a realistic plot. Most importantly, it accurately reflected the true nature and politics of Chicago - both good and bad.

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