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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 ...
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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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Tough-talking copper Gus Carson has been trying to walk the straight and narrow ever since he got back to Chicago after a tour in WWII, but a visit to a whorehouse proves his undoing when he kills a man whos just murdered a john and his gal and gets suspended from the force. Steve Monroes classic hard-boiler follows Carson through the citys underbelly in pursuit of a kidnapped swindler (whos also on the payroll of a political mover and shaker) before he uncovers the truth in a veritable bloodbath in 46, Chicago. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Former bad cop Gus Carson must battle both criminals and his past in this well-crafted work of hard-boiled fiction from Monroe ('57, Chicago). Before going to fight in World War II, Carson was as corrupt as they come, but he's returned a changed man after watching his friends die. Soon after coming back, however, Carson is witness to a murder during a whorehouse tryst, eventually felling the shooter himself. Suspended from the force for his indiscretions, Gus is soon hired privately to track down a missing person. What seems a relatively simple kidnapping, however, soon turns into a complicated scheme involving numerous members of Chicago's high society. The action moves quickly, and Carson is a likable character despite some glaring flaws. Monroe not only manages to capture perfectly the flavor of 1940s Chicago but also writes in wonderfully spare prose. The obvious comparison is to James Ellroy, but Monroe deserves to have this one stand on its own. Recommended for public libraries. Craig Shufelt, Lane P.L., Fairfield, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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From white-hot rising talent Monroe ('57 Chicago, 2001), a punishing cops and robbers tale that won't win any prizes for subtlety, though there's much to admire in its two-fisted directness. In post-Capone Chicago gangsterland, crooked-as-a-rattlesnake policeman Gus Carson is having a hard time adjusting to Windy City life after a particularly grueling tour of duty in the Pacific Theater. Relieving some stress in a whorehouse, he inadvertently gets into the middle of a murder. The lawyer in the room next to Gus is gunned down, and Gus ends up having to take out the shooter in the stairwell. The brass aren't too happy with his location at the time of the incident and so suspend him. Being as Gus isn't just any old cop but an old-school operator who used to be best friends with the infamous South Side Sam-and is connected with everyone from Bronzeville numbers bosses to North Shore society types-his vacation isn't very restful. Soon he's working a private eye gig for the wealthy Arvis Hypoole, a Republican who's thinking of a run at being the city's first non-Democratic mayor in ages. Arvis sends the rock-fisted and dead-eyed Gus out to get to the bottom of who kidnapped Ed Jones-who's big in the South Side numbers business-as a way of embarrassing his Democratic foes. Not that the politics matter much to Gus, who's busy sucking down beers, grimly assessing his meager assets, eating the fists of goons set out to thwart him, reliving his hellish war experiences, and bedding high-society dames with a taste for rough trade. Monroe has taken the nightmarish post-Chandler crime operas of James Ellroy and distilled their rough-and-tumble style through the two-dimensional worldview of Mike Hammer,bringing everything down to the core essentials of graft, sex, violence, and realpolitick. The same old dirty-cop-in-a-dirtier-city tune is made to sound like something completely new.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786867318
  • Publisher: Miramax Books
  • Publication date: 8/7/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    An exciting, intriguing, well written book

    If you like big cities, the 1940's, tough guys, tough cops, rich women, a new twist at every turn, then read this book. A very exciting book where you think you've figured out the story until Steve Monroe sends you down a new path or brings in a new character adding another dimension to the story. An enjoyable book. Thanks to HH for recommending it to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    Excellent Book on Post WWII Chicago and the Politics that existed

    Monroe does an excellent job of taking the reader back to 1946 Chicago and from the opening scene he puts the reader in the action as the main character a Chicago cop(Gus) kills another man in a whore house. Gus immediately is suspended from the force,but a private citizen hires him to find a well known kidnapped black man. The action never stops and Monroe does and excellent job of explaining 'policy' to the reader. He also makes the Chicago politics between the police, the Lake Forest aristocrat, and the policy players very believable. Excellent dialogue. Definite page turner. He does an excellent job of tying all the pieces together but not too simplistically.

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