The Fifth Floor

The Fifth Floor

eBook - 2008
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Private detective Michael Kelly returns in a lightning-paced, intricately woven mystery. When Kelly is hired by an old girlfriend to tail her abusive husband, he expects trouble of a domestic rather than a historical nature. Life, however, is not so simple.

The trail leads to a dead body in an abandoned house on Chicago's North Side and then to places Kelly would rather not go: specifically, City Hall's fabled fifth floor, where the mayor is feeling the heat. Kelly becomes embroiled in a scam that stretches from current politics back to the night Chicago burned to the ground. Along the way, he finds himself framed for murder, before finally facing a killer bent on rewriting history.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
ISBN: 9780307270382
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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athompson10 Mar 27, 2015

Good and fast-paced, but the author throws in every character from the first Michael Kelly book, some unnecessarily.

joebooks Jul 12, 2011

Good shot at noir, but it reads like a copy of Robert B. Parker, but not done as well. I might have previously read it. Pace is very good, and the depiction of Chicago is spot on.

njkenney Feb 04, 2011

Private Investigator Michael Kelly agrees to tail a former girlfriend’s abusive husband and in the process, finds a dead body. The body is the first of several clues that seem to point to an age old conspiracy theory involving The Great Chicago Fire and Chicago’s City Hall. Kelly finds himself in the thick of things---one-on-one meetings with the Mayor, getting arrested for murder and wondering if the judge he’s seeing is somehow connected to the mob. Only in Chicago, right? This is an intriguing and suspenseful book made better with the research Kelly does at The Chicago History Museum and the fact that he’s looking for a first edition book.

Both Booklist and Publishers Weekly give the book rave reviews and liken Harvey’s style to Raymond Chandler and Sara Paretsky.

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