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Real-life Chicago PI Chercover, in his impressive hard-boiled debut, introduces Ray Dudgeon, a former Chicago reporter disillusioned with the newspaper business who has turned private detective. When Bob Loniski, a locations manager for Hollywood films, hires Dudgeon for protection after running afoul of a mid-level gangster, Dudgeon finds himself in the middle of an organized crime war. A number of forces hamper Dudgeon's efforts to keep his client alive, even as his probing reveals that Loniski may have witnessed a prominent local politician keeping unsavory company and that the violence may be connected to a broader conspiracy. Like many a classic PI, Dudgeon behaves according to his own subjective code. The author's considerable storytelling and characterization gifts compare favorably with those of Loren D. Estleman and other established masters of the crime genre. (Jan.)
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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.
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 4 days 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 1 month ago by Cassandra D. Smith
Worth reading. I'm not much of a detective novel reader but couldn't put this book down.
Looking forward to reading more of Sean Chercover!
Well, this guy doesn't require MY acccolades--or anyone else's, really. The book was written in 2007, and by now Sean Chercover has been pretty much crowned best-new-crime-writer... Read morePublished 2 months ago by petrovna
Really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, but one that kept you from putting it down. Love Sean Chercover's stuff!Published 3 months ago by MBC
I discovered Sean Chercover when I read The Trinity Game. That book was a real page turner. I wanted more. So I got Big City, Bad Blood. This is Chercover's debut novel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark Haynes
Can't wait for the movie. After reading this, I bought two more of his books, Trigger City is a sequel, but just as entertaining.Published 5 months ago by Guy Read