Shall We Not Revenge

Shall We Not Revenge

by D. M. Pirrone


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In the harsh early winter months of 1872, while Chicago is still smoldering from the Great Fire, Irish Catholic detective Frank Hanley is assigned the case of a murdered Orthodox Jewish rabbi. His investigation proves difficult when the neighborhood's Yiddish-speaking residents, wary of outsiders, are reluctant to talk. But when the rabbi's headstrong daughter, Rivka, unexpectedly offers to help Hanley find her father's killer, the detective receives much more than the break he was looking for.

Their pursuit of the truth draws Rivka and Hanley closer together and leads them to a relief organization run by the city's wealthy movers and shakers. Along the way, they uncover a web of political corruption, crooked cops, and well-buried ties to two notorious Irish gangsters from Hanley's checkered past. Even after he is kicked off the case, stripped of his badge, and thrown in jail, Hanley refuses to quit. With a personal vendetta to settle for an innocent life lost, he is determined to expose a complicated criminal scheme, not only for his own sake, but for Rivka's as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989053532
Publisher: Allium Press of Chicago
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

D. M. Pirrone is the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman. She lives on Chicago’s Northwest Side with her husband and sons. Her previous novel, No Less in Blood, was published by Five Star in 2011.

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Shall We Not Revenge 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A solid, intricate tale of blackmail, theft and murder set in the murky aftermath of the great Chicago fire of 1871. True-to-life conflicts of class struggle, xenophobia and institutional corruption are protrayed artfully; descriptions of place, time and characters are drawn masterfully; language is clear and concise. A splendid story.
Bluesapphire0 More than 1 year ago
Nice plot, good main character; secondary characters a little shallow