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The Third Rail (Paperback)

Author:  Michael Harvey
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307473635
ISBN-13: 9780307473639
Sku: 216794106
Publish Date: 3/22/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7H x 4L x 1.25T
Pages:  400
The ferocious new novel from a major new voice (Michael Connelly), the author of "The Chicago Way," finds Harvey at the top of his game in an expertly plotted, impossible-to-put-down thriller, set in Chicago''s public transit system.
From the Publisher:
A woman is shot as she waits for her train to work. An hour later, a second woman is gunned down as she rides an elevated train through the Loop. Two hours after that, a church becomes the target of a chemical weapons attack. The city of Chicago is under siege, and Michael Kelly, cynical cop turned private investigator, just happens to be on the scene when all hell breaks loose.

Kelly is initially drawn into the case by the killers themselves, then tasked by Chicago’s mayor and the FBI to hunt down the bad guys and, all things being equal, put a bullet in them. Kelly, of course, has other ideas. As he gets closer to the truth, his instincts lead him to a retired cop, a shady train company, and an unnerving link to his own past. Meanwhile, Kelly’s girlfriend, Rachel Swenson, becomes a pawn in a much larger game, while a weapon that could kill millions ticks away quietly in the very belly of the city.

The Third Rail
is stylish, sophisticated, edge-of-your-seat suspense from a new modern master.

From the Hardcover edition.
A killer is on the loose, wreaking havoc and taking lives in a series of murders that seem somehow to target Chicago's Transportation Authority. What's more, Chicago private detective Michael Kelly has been receiving threatening messages on his phone from the killer, and his girlfriend, Judge Rachel Swenson, narrowly escaped a shooting spree with her life. In this third noir thriller from Michael Harvey, Kelly relentlessly pursues this killer, connecting the crimes to a subway accident that occurred three decades before.


"[A] book-length jolt of pure adrenaline." 01/01/2010

"The author deftly alternates between his hero's first-person perspective and third-person accounts of the mindsets of the men Kelly seeks. Harvey stakes a persuasive claim as the pre-eminent contemporary voice of Chicago noir." (starred review) 02/01/2010

"Harvey dispenses the pressure plays, cruel surprises and heartbreaking setbacks of his plot with crack timing, never allowing the reader a moment to unfasten his seat belt." - Gerald Bartell 04/26/2010

"[A] jolting drama....Harvey's feel for Chicago ramps up the fast-paced, firmly realistic action...." - Marilyn Stasio 05/09/2010

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0400
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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