- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (January 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385534698
- ISBN-13: 978-0385534697
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,152,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Can’t get enough of Chicago? The most dynamic character in Charlie Newton’s…terrific [START SHOOTING] is the Windy City--the down and dirty side of it, anyway…the voices reverberate in your ears, and the smell of gunfire lingers long after the last man is down.” New York Times Book Review
“The vision of Chicago in this firecracker crime novel is one teeming with violence and venality, where Al Capone has been replaced by gangbangers and authorities are far from untouchable…his lit-fuse urgency hits you right in the gut.” Entertainment Weekly
"Charlie Newton is the real goods, delivering bare-knuckles crime fiction with life-or-death action, visceral language, and characters whose flaws and humanity pull us into his cops-and-crime landscape. I was completely won over. Start Shooting is a superb balance between adrenaline and pathos." -- Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author of The Sentry
“[Charlie] Newton has given us a frenzied, frenetic, driving, punching, shouting, pinwheel of revelations about life in the wrong lane…I wanted to put the book down and shout, ‘Whoa, whoa! Slow it down just a little, please.’ But I couldn’t put the book down.” -- Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune
"[Charlie] Newton’s books, all set in Chicago, are full of startling things — shocking plot turns, indelible characters, brutal violence alternating with moments of strange beauty and desperate tenderness." -- Chicago Sun-Times
“Doing for the Windy City what The Wire did for Baltimore and James Ellroy's novels did for Los Angeles, [Start Shooting] uncovers with sardonic intensity the deep and seemingly irreversible connections between crime, politics, business and tabloid journalism….[Charlie] Newton delivers [a] thrilling, densely packed novel that makes most Chicago crime thrillers seem tame.” Kirkus (starred review)
"A vast cast of characters, many deeply evil; numerous subplots...; copious violence and car chases; a granular look at the city; and a writing style that might be called fever dream....Arleen and Bobby are wonderfully realized characters, and the beyond-frenzied action is certainly hypnotic. Newton has created the writerly equivalent of every great Chicago bluesman who ever lived playing together; all soloing simultaneously. It might be messy, but you wouldn't want to miss a single note."--Booklist (starred review)
"Charlie Newton bar none is the most talented new voice of noir. Start Shooting had me on the edge of my seat for hours: dark, chilling, gripping, clever...Raymond Chandler would be proud."--Andrew F. Gulli, The Strand Magazine
About the Author
CHARLIE NEWTON’S first novel, Calumet City, was a finalist for the Edgar, International Thriller Writers, and Macavity awards, among others. This is his second novel.
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This is a mind-blowing book. If you love a good story and you're not afraid to think and feel for yourself, welcome to "Start Shooting." You'll be glad you came.
Sure, lots of craziness happens in 6 days. At base, it's a blistering action cop thriller and at times I felt strapped into a roller coaster with no time to catch my breath. But just when I thought "enough, I need a break", the author would float me past the most beautiful and cohesive descriptions of urban place and the interrelations of its people that I have ever read. I have no idea if these descriptions of Chicago are true but they are so damn convincing that I felt I grew up there ready to defend my hood. I kept making mental comparisons to Lehane's Mystic River. There is beauty in those cold actions.
The bottom line is that I got exceptional value for my time. It ain't the money.
*Chemical weapons from Japan (circa WWII)
*Chicago politics (Olympics bid!)
*Dirty cop (Chicago style)
*Newspaper going under (gorgeous high-powered reporter)
*Actress who covets first major role (at 39)
*Star-crossed lovers (still in love after 26 years apart?)
*CIA backed bounty hunters
*Vietnam-era prostitute (unhinged today)
I have given it two stars because it was a page-turner but I can't count the number of times I had to page "back" to understand what was happening or shook my head at some off the wall coincidence. Why kill the nice nun? The real problem here is the exact opposite of what the author declares in the back of the book: he should find editors who have the backbone to stand up the him and eliminate so many disparate themes and confusion.
Chicago's in hot pursuit of the 2012 Olympics, a re-bid supported by $1 billion from Furukawa Industries, whose Japanese CEO has a dirty and deadly secret in his past that threatens the entire city. Bobby, Arleen and Chicago cop legend Ruben Vargas -- Bobby's older brother -- are pawns and players in a game of dangerous connections that brings past and present together in a blazing climax of terror, betrayal and love. Bobby's and Arleen's lives are suddenly turned upside down by events that challenge all they've ever known or believed in -- family, friends, lovers and loyalty.
Newton is a genius writer who is head and shoulders above his peers in his chosen genre. He writes with uninterrupted intensity, leaving the reader both breathless and wanting more. His command of Chicago street language and the reality of city politics make for a heart stopping read.
To be sure, Newton gives us glimpses of heaven along the way, but gird your loins . . . as Bette Davis said, you're in for a bumpy ride.