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Abe Lieberman, the veteran Chicago detective who resembles a "sad baggy-eyed spaniel," is back in another of Stuart M. Kaminsky's Windy City thrillers, this time trying to unravel a murder mystery involving an aging former baseball star, a religious madman, and a charismatic black politician with questionable motives.
Battling high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and insomnia, 60-something Detective Sergeant Lieberman has another "normal" day on the job: When a fatally wounded single black mother, shot down in the streets of the South Side Chicago neighborhood called Terror Town, whispers Lieberman's name just before she dies, he investigates the apparent robbery and finds an interesting connection between the dead woman and a highly respected black entrepreneur and potential mayoral candidate. But Lieberman's search is complicated by other ongoing cases -- one involving a former Cubs baseball star and his maniacal stalker, and the other revolving around a self-declared prophet bent on spreading his apocalyptic message by whatever means necessary…
Gritty, atmospheric, and addictively readable, Kaminsky's Lieberman mystery sequence (The Big Silence, The Last Dark Place, Not Quite Kosher, et al.) contains everything a top-notch detective saga should have: a sympathetic and complex protagonist, a fully realized cast of supporting characters, a richly historied and dynamic backdrop, and, of course, intricate and engaging plotlines. There's good reason why the Mystery Writers of America named the prolific Kaminsky a Grand Master, the genre's most prestigious honor. Like the other Abe Lieberman novels, Terror Town is, simply put, the crème de la crème of detective fiction. Paul Goat Allen