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Posted September 6, 2014
Reviewed by Marissa
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much more than I had first thought I would. The relationship between father and son was dysfunctional, which could be expected since the father was just released from prison. At times I was surprised they were even in the same room and talking. The fact that Jules took money from his father for a murder case says a lot about their relationship – or lack of one.
Jules was a very likable character, a laid back private detective who doesn’t stop digging to find out who murdered his best friend. I loved his tenacity. When someone told him something he knew was false, he dug further. He showed up unannounced and pushed his way through doors to see people who were afraid of what he would uncover. And he had a cat that he fed very well.
I wish we had gotten to know Snooky. By all accounts in the story, even though he laundered money through his accounting business, he did it honestly (if that’s possible). He stayed away from the dirty aspects of crime and stuck with what he knew – money and people. According to every character in the book, everyone liked Snook.
The area called Maxwell Street was interesting in that it was being redeveloped by the city. Like so many other redevelopments in blighted urban areas, the improvements were pushed through the city and bought by the developers and contractors. I was able to picture this area like so many others I’ve seen in large cities.
Maxwell Street Blues was a wonderful start to what is hopefully a new series. With quirky characters (Frownie, Audrey, and LA, among others) and what could be a blossoming romance, I look forward to reading more of Jules and his cat, Punim.
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Posted April 29, 2013
Posted January 3, 2015
This is Chicago at a time from the past I remember from my dad of his life selling in this city, and experience in dealing with the North Nd South sides. GREAT Reading!
Posted January 3, 2015
Marc Krulewitch in his new book, “Maxwell Street Blues” Book One in the Jules Landau Mystery Series published by Alibi introduces us to Jules Landau.
From the back cover: Readers of Robert Crais’s Elvis Cole mysteries will love Jules Landau, a college man turned private eye on the Windy City’s mean streets—a virtual school of hard knocks where graduation means just staying alive.
Chicago runs in Jules Landau’s veins. So does the blood of crooks. Now Jules is going legit as a private eye, stalking bail jumpers and cheating spouses—until he gets his first big case. Unfortunately, the client is his ex-con father, and the job is finding the killer of a man whom Jules loved like family. Why did someone put two bullets in the head of gentle bookkeeper Charles Snook? Jules is determined to find out, even if the search takes him to perilous places he never wanted to go.
Snooky, as he was affectionately known, had a knack for turning dirty dollars clean, with clients ranging from humble shop owners to sharp-dressed mobsters. As Jules retraces Snooky’s last days, he crosses paths with a way-too-eager detective, a gorgeous and perplexing tattoo artist, a silver-haired university administrator with a kinky side, and a crusading journalist. Exposing one dirty secret after another, the PI is on a dangerous learning curve. And, at the top of that curve, a killer readies to strike again.
Introducing Jules Landau, going legit as a private eye. He has been given his first assignment to find out who murdered Charles Snook. This investigation is taking him on a dangerous curve with the killer waiting for him at the top. “Maxwell Street Blues” is a top-notch thriller filled with blackmail, betrayal and murder. If it were not for his friends Jules wouldn’t stand a chance. The characters in this book are so well done you would swear they are real. The story is so well told that it feels as though you are watching a movie rather than reading words. Mr. Krulewitch really knows how to write bringing you into the world of Chicago. My only complaint was the language it is “R” rated. I suppose it makes them sound tough but Bogart, Cagney and the others never spoke like that and those stories are classics. Other than that this is grade A+. I am so glad to have found Marc Krulewitch and am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted December 10, 2014
Posted December 28, 2014
The windy city including three written by the guy who continued the nero wolf also one series about a ward captain ward captains or heelers get out the vote and your garbage picked up or a job on the garbage truckWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 26, 2014
This is a mystery murder story set in the city of Chicago. The title “Maxwell Street..” would lead you to believe the story would be set on that street but it is only a reference to where the body was found and as a topic of reference to a “why” in the story.
Jules Landau is approached by his father to find the murderer of a bookie named Spooky. This in itself is strange as his father has just been released from prison and father and son aren’t exactly on loving terms. The other characters in the story are as equally bizarre and there are times where there are so many, I had to read and reread to keep the who’s who of the story straight.
The premise of the story is great but the author spends a lot of time on Jules’ sleeping habits and getting him beat up. Most people that have had as many beatings, cuts and gunshots as Jules has had would be in the hospital for weeks. This makes the story drag on a bit rather than getting to the point. With greed, corruption and high class sexual endeavors being woven into the story, figuring out who done it gives the reader something to wonder and think about.
The ending is one of the best chapters in the book. It held my attention and got on with the story in a fashion that I wish the rest of the book would have had. With a bit more fine tuning, this author will have a great future in murder mystery writing.
Posted September 19, 2014
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A completely fantastic who dun it, set in the perfectly murderous town of Chicago and the private investigator on the job has deep connections to the victim, suspects and all of it. Jules Landau's family has a not so fantasticly positive history in Chicago and he is not following in his family's footsteps, instead he is somewhat on the other side of the law as a private investigator until he finds out that someone very close to him has been murdered and his dad charges him to find out who did it.
I loved how the author pieced together all the crazy things that end up in the news in Chicago all in one book - crooked politicians, mafia ish families, crazy drugs and so on. All are wrapped up in this one murder mystery and it just worked. I was rooting for Landau from the beginning to find out who killed his friend and of course I was way off base, but was still satisfied with the outcome. I don't know that I would have picked up all the clues even if I had been reading it with a fine tooth comb.
Posted January 20, 2015
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