Michael Harvey is the author of The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, and The Third Rail and is also a journalist and documentary producer. His work has won multiple Emmy Awards, and has received two Primetime Emmy nominations and an Academy Award nomination, among numerous other awards. He holds a law degree from Duke University, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's degree in classical languages from Holy Cross College. He lives, of course, in Chicago.
Harvey shows how a thriller focused on bioterrorism should be done in his outstanding fourth novel featuring Chicago PI Michael Kelly (after The Third Rail). At a high-level meeting that includes the city's mayor and Homeland Security agents, two scientists reveal that a biowarning device in a subway tunnel has detected the possible presence of a pathogen. Kelly provides security for the biologists when they visit the site of what everyone hopes is a false positive. Skeptical of the explanation for why the Feds or Chicago PD aren't being used for the job, Kelly soon learns that some form of superbug is felling Chicagoans left and right. As the city is quarantined, Kelly risks his life to track down the truth, a search that brings him into conflict with the Mafia and a ruthless narcotics gang. The complexity of the plot never overwhelms the narrative flow in this utterly persuasive view of a present-day apocalyptic nightmare. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Dark-hearted, intoxicating. . . . Nerve-jangling scary."
"An utterly persuasive view of a present-day apocalyptic nightmare." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Harvey does for the Windy City what Michael Connelly did for Los Angeles: He commandeers it, warts and all, and wrangles it into his fiction." --Chicago Tribune
"[Harvey] weaves Chicago history and politics with the conventions of mystery writing to create meditations on power--how it's used, who it helps, and the way it hurts. . . . Honest, smart and funny." --Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] knockout thriller. . . . Harvey renders Kelly's Chicago in crisp, tough and ironic prose." --The Washington Post Book World "The suspense hums and the dialogue is truthfully tough, but it's the writing that elevates Harvey to the top of the PI genre. He's the best Chicago novelist . . . since Nelson Algren." --The Plain Dealer
"Harvey is a budding superstar." --The Daily News "Multiple threads come together but not before the final pages. Until then, Harvey twists the plot like a braided rope, ratcheting up tension with the ensuing pages." --The Missourian "A major new voice." --Michael Connelly