Chicago cop Gus Carson was bad, crooked, and dangerous before he went to war. But, having survived a Japanese submarine attack in the Pacic, he returns a changed man. So it is plain lousy luck that hes with a pretty hooker in a brothel when a gunman murders two people there. Old habits die hard, and Carson takes the gunman down, saving the state of Illinois the cost of a trial...and gets suspended from the police department for his good deed. Now, with few prospects and no cash, Carson accepts a job that smells shy from jump street: an aspiring politician hires him to nd a kidnapped black racketeer. The hunt will send Carson on a dangerous ride through the city, where his life soon isnt worth the price of a beer. And for those who dont remember the 1940s, thats ve cents. A page-turning noir detective story, 46, Chicago proves Monroe to be a new master of the genre.
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Crime fiction readers who insist that the good guys win and the bad guys lose, and that you ought to at least be able to tell the two apart, should steer a wide course around Steve Monroe's '46, Chicago. Moral compromise and relativism are the very foundations of this somber yet compulsively driving yarn about power and greed and the corruption they engender.
Gus Carson used to be as mendacious and brutal a cop as the Windy City could produce. But after barely surviving a World War II Japanese submarine attack in the Pacific, he's turned positively respectable. "No fights, no bribes, no extortion," his superior recalls, approvingly, "not even a restaurant owner complaining that you demanded free doughnuts and coffee." Then one night, Carson shoots a black man who's just killed a white lawyer in a brothel, and he's suspended from the force--just in time to go to work for a Republican mayoral hopeful, who promises him reinstatement and $500 if he can find a kidnapped black racketeer named Ed Jones. Sounds straightforward enough, except that Carson suspects the attorney's death and the Jones case are connected. To whose benefit, though? And how do these crimes relate to an underworld struggle for control of Chicago gambling?
As he did in his first novel, '57, Chicago, Monroe brings distinction to a fairly conventional noir plot. His juxtaposition of caviar-class white and worker-class black cultures adds depth to this occasionally violent drama, his exposure of Carson's conscience is patiently and convincingly done, and some of the dialogue here is sharp enough to cut lips. '46 Chicago treads where more practiced detective novelists, such as Max Allan Collins, have already been, but still leaves tracks worth following. --J. Kingston PierceAbout the Author:
Steve Monroe is the author of two previous novels, '57, Chicago and '46, Chicago, published by Talk Miramax Books. '46. His latest novel, Pursuit, publishing August 11th, is now available for pre-order.
Steve grew up in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska before moving to Kansas City in 1976 and, finally, Chicago in 1992, which became the setting for all three of his books. An insatiable reader, he had an early appetite for crime noir and mysteries. Among his early favorite authors were O. Henry, Raymond Chandler, Dashielle Hammett and Jim Thompson, before graduating to Joseph Wambaugh, Ken Follett and Robert Ludlum. Steve's writing has been compared to James Ellroy by Library Journal, and the Chicago Tribune calls Steve "a knockout storyteller."
Steve now splits his time between Seattle and Chicago. To learn more, visit stevemonroebooks.com or follow Steve on Facebook and Twitter.
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Book Description Miramax, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2002. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. '46 Chicago is a thrilling and page turning noir-like detective story, written by a new master of the game. Bookseller Inventory # 001228
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