The Chicago Way
by Michael Harvey
From the writer and producer of “Cold Case Files”, comes a twisted, modern-day, Chicago crime-noir novel. Michael Kelly is a private investigator/former police detective who is hired by his former partner to solve an eight-year-old vicious rape. When his partner is found dead, Michael Kelly scrounges up old friends and associates to assist him in solving the case. The novel unfolds into a sinister “whodunit” dispersed inside Chicago’s more popular landmarks.
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Michael Harvey is a writer, journalist, and documentary producer. He is the co-creator, writer, and executive producer of the Prime-Time Emmy nominated television series, “The Cold Case Files”, and a former investigative producer for CBS Chicago. Michael’s work as a documentary producer and journalist has won numerous national and international awards, including multiple Emmys and an Academy Award nomination for the holocaust documentary, “Eyewitness”. Michael earned a law degree from Duke University, a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in classical languages from Holy Cross College. Michael was born and raised in Boston and graduated from Boston Latin School. He now lives in Chicago with his wife Mary Frances, and their dog, Maggie. Michael also owns The Hidden Shamrock, home to a great pint of Guinness, and a place that Michael likes to frequent.
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