Just the Facts

Chicago by David Mamet attracted my attention at the library because I grew-up just blocks from the northern border of “my kind of town”. It also interested me because of Mamet’s well-known plays.

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.

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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1 Response to Just the Facts

  1. Martie says:

    That is how I felt about “Queens” where I grew up, and I do enjoy a good noir. I might give it a try.
    If interested: https://books6259.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/the-clancys-of-queens-a-memoir-by-tara-clancy/

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