Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Fifth Floor by Michael Harvey

The Fifth FloorI finished reading the The Fifth Floor by Michael Harvey. This is a retro-noir crime novel. Although I can't remember what prompted me to originally buy the book, I read Harvey's The Chicago Way about three years ago. I enjoyed that novel enough that I ordered his second book and put it in my pile.

Set in Chicago, Harvey's second thriller to feature private investigator Michael Kelly has the ex-cop taking on what he thinks is a simple domestic violence case. Coming across the murdered body of a historian, Kelly realizes he's stumbled onto a scandal that began with the great Chicago Fire of 1871.

After reading The Colonel, I read this book and a couple of others as a light change of pace. I enjoyed the book. In the back of the book, the author recommends a number of books to learn more about the Chicago Fire. I am going to add at least one of these to my ever growing pile of books to read...

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