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Big City, Bad Blood Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2008
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About the Author
Formerly a private investigator in Chicago and New Orleans, Sean Chercover has since written for film, television, and print. His first novel, Big City, Bad Blood, won and was nominated for numerous awards. He lives in Chicago and Toronto, and the commute is killing him.
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Chercover writes about Chicago as only a native can, and he writes about a Chicago you don't see advertised on TV. It's a gritty dark place, and if you are smart you'll have Ray Dudgeon watching your back.
Dudgeon is a fromer reporter turned PI working a body gaurd job for a Hollywood location scout. Things quickly get out of hand and he has to make some tough choices.
Fast paced and smooth as silk, this does not read like a first novel, it reads like the work of a seasoned pro.
I predict big things for Mr. Chercover
"Big City, Bad Blood's" Dudgeon may remind you a lot of a Midwest version of Robert Crais' LA detective Elvis Cole, complete with the wise cracks and woman troubles. But far from LA's politically correct brand of bland, Dudgeon is a welcome throwback to the hardboiled heroes of Jim Thompson and Raymond Chandler, lubricating his progress with dark rum on the rocks with a pack of smokes always within easy reach. While some violent relief in the form of Cole's stoic Joe Pike is conspicuously absent, Dudgeon's childhood friend "Gravedigger" emerges late in the book, portending a larger role for the half-crazed sidekick in the inevitable sequels.
In short, a well-crafted and entertaining page-turner that deserves to put Chercover on the crime fiction map. I look forward to the next installment
Chercover's hardboiled debut alternately pays homage to and breaks new ground in the gumshoe genre. PI Ray Dudgeon is cut from the same cloth as Spenser, but does so with a realism and verve that breathes new life into the old standbys.
Yes, there is drinking, and brawling, and sex, and mob hits, and political corruption, and murder, and the obligatory warehouse torture scene. And yes, Dudgeon is a knight errant with a penchant for violence that gleefully recalls classic Mike Hammer. But there is also a sly sense of humor at play, and Dudgeon's humanity in the face of fear makes him a 3D hero rather than a stereotype.
Mix James Crumley with Robert Crais and you've got BIG CITY, BAD BLOOD. I'm looking forward to Chercover's follow-up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This private investigator story had me hooked from the first chapter. Witty dialogue, fantastic characters, and a breakneck pace kept my eyes glued to the page, er, screen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Queen Bee
I just recently discovered Chercover. I find his writing tight and interesting, with plot twists that make my before-bed reading enjoyable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Neil Tarey
Good Story, good character development. Looking forward to reading more of Mr. Chercover's stories. I recommend to anyone who likes a good detective story.Published 3 months ago by John Wood
And a good story to boot. Ray is a likable character. We keep hoping he comes out alive and gets the girl. Recommended as a quick read.Published 4 months ago by wapazos
A good PI story that takes place mostly on the gritty streets of Chicago. in fact, it seems as if the city is actually one of the characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Scott F
I really enjoyed this book. I was so engrossed in this novel that I didn't watch any television at all. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cassandra D. Smith