The Fifth Floor

The Fifth Floor

Book - 2008
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Hired by a former lover to follow her husband, private detective Michael Kelly tracks the subject to Chicago's North Side, where he discovers a body and a possible answer to the mystery of who started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307266873
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 25 cm.


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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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