From the publisher: Chicago’s favorite Ovid-reading, gun-toting private investigator takes on Illinois’ first family in a blistering thriller that charts the border where ambition ends and evil begins. It’s been two years since disgraced Illinois governor Ray Perry disappeared moments after being sentenced to thirty-seven years in prison on corruption charges. P.I. Michael Kelly is sitting in his office when he gets an anonymous e-mail offering him nearly a quarter of a million dollars if he will find Perry, no questions asked. Kelly’s investigation begins with the woman Perry left behind - - his wife, Marie. Ostracized by her former friends and hounded by the feds, Marie tells Kelly has no idea where her husband is. Like everyone else, Kelly doesn’t believe her. As he unwinds Marie Perry’s past, Kelly finds a woman who is even more intriguing than her husband, with her own deeply complicated reasons for standing by him. Everyone in Chicago, including the governor’s wife, has secrets, some of which could get Michael Kelly killed.
The mysteries, and the secrets, abound, and the author does a superlative job of laying it all out for the reader, ever more complicated as the tale evolves. And it appears that Kelly isn’t the only man who’s been hired, for good money, by an anonymous “client” to do investigative work with regard to the Perry case. Kelly, an ex-cop, has few if any leads, and he mines his friendship with another cop to try to develop any as he plugs away at the investigation. A particularly fascinating creation is Billy “Bones” McIntyre, the father of the eponymous woman, described by the author as a man whose “hands were thick and strong . . . they reminded me of my father, who beat his children sometimes because he liked the sound.”
The identity of the client remains hidden until near the conclusion of the book. No clues will be given here, but it is a stunner. As the author tells us, “at the end of the day, it was all about the money.” As always, the author paints a very evocative portrait of Chicago, a city he knows very well and allows the reader to gain quite a bit of knowledge as to its physical geography as well as the essence of things not always evident to the casual observer. A very enjoyable read, and one which is recommended. I look forward to reading Mr. Harvey’s newest, “Brighton.”...Continua