Dateline Chicago, 1946: Policy, the illegal lottery, makes millions of dollars for racketeers in Chicago’s black community. But the numbers don’t add up when kingpin Ed Jones is kidnapped. Who grabbed him? The mob? Another policy wheel operator? And why? Gus Carson, World War II veteran, a survivor of the sinking of his ship in the Pacific. A Chicago cop, he’s suspended for a late night shooting at a brothel. Enter wealthy politico Arvis Hypoole. He hires Gus to find Jones. The caveat: He’s got one week to do it. The challenge: Everyone’s looking for Jones and most don’t want to find him alive. Author Steve Monroe offers another slice of underworld life told through fact-based fiction. And his protagonist, Carson, is the conduit to the intrigue. Haunted and violent, he staves off pressure with a wisecrack or a hard cross to the jaw. He navigates through a world of gambling, nightlife, shady politics and murder, all the while seeking much more than the kidnapping victim. He’s seeking redemption. And there is only one time and one city in which he can find it: ’46, Chicago.
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About the Author
Steve Monroe is a writer and commercial real estate professional, specializing in corporate lease restructuring. His novels ’ 57, Chicago and ’ 46, Chicago were published by Talk/Miramax Books in 2000 and 2002. ’ 46, Chicago was cited by the Kansas City Star as one of the “Top Five Mysteries of 2002” and “Noteworthy Books of 2002.” Monroe splits his time between Chicago, Illinois and Edmonds, Washington. He is currently working on the next Wally Greer novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.