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From the beautifully written opening chapter describing the sniping murder of a young boy in Cabrini Green to the protagonist's moving into Cabrini Green in order to investigate the sniping (which is based on real events) to the ultimate satisfying, but not entirely happy, resolution, the writing rings of reality and truth. It draws the reader emotionally forward and also conveys a terrific sense of time and place.
The protagonist is well-developed, complex, and unique--a politician with flaws, but also with his own brand of integrity and determination. The subplot concerning the possible exposure of the protagonist's critical secret and the insightful descriptions of his political activities add a multi-layered richness to the story.
They Tell Me You Are Crooked is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book which should not be missed.
On one level it's a complex political and psychological thriller interweaving three simultaneous plotlines: political shenanigans and backroom deals to get a prison funding bill passed, the search for a cold-blooded sniper who's been gunning down innocents in a Chicago public housing estate, and the Illinois Governor's frostbitten relationship with his family.
On the first level, the author has clearly done his homework, painting a jaw-droppingly believable picture of politics in the capital hallways and bars. Many of the dialogues between the Governor and his aides are brilliantly reminiscent of "The West Wing". Never mind that it takes place in the 1970s; it all feels refreshingly relevant to today.
The second storyline, the housing estate sniper, would work as a stand-alone thriller plot, with an ending I'd never have guessed, but made sense in the end. The fact that it is threaded in with the other narratives makes the novel that much richer.
It's the portrait of the Governor which elevates this novel to the top of this genre. He is a complex, multi-faceted, conflicted and often hypocritical man, haunted by past tragedy and current events that seem barely under his control. It's enough to make this otherwise typical politician a character, if not always admirable, someone who deserves empathy. His search to exorcise his demons leads him to the most unlikely of places. Fortunately, the author spares us a happily-ever-after gratuitous ending in favor of something more nuanced and satisfying.
Other characters are also very well protrayed. The reader gets to know and understand the various personalities in a short space of time, through their actions and dialogue.
I normally wouldn't give any genre novel 5 stars. But this book goes a touch beyond the expectations of the political-psychological thriller, with its complexity of plot and, importantly, by being imbued with lots of heart. This is the first novel I've read in quite awhile that I simply couldn't put down.
By the way, although it's the second book in a three-part series, it works as a standalone.
I was given an advance copy in return for my honest review. I honestly think it's great.
Another fast paced can’t put down book by David Hagerty. Like his first book he keeps you guessing what will happen and then bring you an unexpected “I didn’t see that coming” ending. This book is another winner!
A mystery thriller with a governor trying to solve a mystery. Because it seems no one cares about the little town and it people.
Running as the governor can be tireding. And trying to find his daughters killer from two years ago don't help either. So when news that a sniper is killing people left and right. In a town called Cabrini. He decides somethimg must be done to help these people. He moves in, to live and gain their trust in stopping the killer. But will it be enough? Does anyone know who the killer is?