Surprisingly, I almost quit reading the book very near the beginning because I had a difficult time getting the rhythm of the dialogue. How pleased I am to have stuck with it because I ended-up really liking this novel about an investigative reporter named Mike Hodge employed by the Chicago Tribune in the 1920’s.
A World War One veteran, Hodge is familiar with death which is a good thing because, thanks to numerous mob factions, there are plenty of violent crimes in Chicago. What hits Mike broadside is a murder way too close to home – in fact, in his home.
This is a noir who done it filled with familiar Chicago landmarks, hard-hitting reporters, stereotypical mobsters, policemen, and prostitutes. Until the end, it kept me guessing. The language is rough and expletives plentiful.
As a noir fan, I highly recommend this novel! I would love to see it adapted for the big screen.