Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Third Rail by Michael Harvey

I finished reading The Third Rail on the flight from Philadelphia to Rome. This is Michael Harvey's third book. I previously read The Chicago Way and The Fifth Floor.

The book story line takes its underpinnings from a real life train wreck that occurred on Chicago's "L". I rode the "L" to a Cubs game.

The main character is a detective. The book essentially picks up where The Fifth Floor left off. The plot of this book revolves around the hunt for a mass murderer who appears to be randomly selecting victims. It veers off to include some bio-terrorism elements.

The author's first two books were described as noir crime novels. The style harked back to a hard-boiled style from the 1920's and 1930's.

I enjoyed the first two books from this author. This book seems to move more towards a modern crime novel rather than the noir crime novel. Reading reviews about the fourth book in the series, it appears that the author has moved even farther away from the noir style. I don't recommend this book and I am done with this author.

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