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The Fifth Floor

by Michael Harvey

The Fifth Floor
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    Aug 2008, 288 pages
    Jul 2009, 288 pages

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Michael Harvey's sizzling follow-up to The Chicago Way opens with a murder in contemporary Chicago and winds its way back to Mrs. O'Leary's cow and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871

Readers will be surprised to find that this is only the second novel published by Michael Harvey. His prose clever and biting, his plot churning with twists and loops that keep the pages flipping by, Harvey's modern day thriller truly keeps readers on the edges of their seats. The mystery of the 1871 Chicago fire is stirring enough to pique the interest of even the least historically inclined person; Harvey here manages, through obviously comprehensive research and personal thought and reflection on the subject, to fan even such ages-old flames until the narrative is ablaze with energy and suspense.

No part of the book feels unrealistic, a bold evaluation considering the breadth of drama protagonist Michael Kelly finds himself mired in: romantic turmoil, witness of two murders (one of which he becomes the suspect of), and political controversy stretching ...

About the Author
Michael Harvey is the creator, writer, and executive producer of the television series Cold Case Files, an A&E production examining the Chicago underworld so alive in The Fifth Floor. He received an Academy Award-nomination for his documentary Eyewitness, and is a former investigative reporter for CBS. He earned a law degree at Duke and a masters in journalism from Northwestern.

His first novel, The Chicago Way (2007) introduced PI Michael Kelly and it was not long before people, including his own family, were asking whether Michael Kelly was a literary version of Michael Harvey? Both Michaels are interested in classical languages (namely Latin and Greek). Moreover, while the author is not a private detective, he does have years of experience under his belt on the crime enforcement scene. Harvey also owns a bar in Chicago, The Hidden ...

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