BIG CITY, BAD BLOOD
BY SEAN CHERCOVER
Review by K. Robert Einarson
Things are not going well for Ray Dudgeon. His latest job as
a bodyguard for a Hollywood locations manager, who was a witness
against a member of the Outfit, is not going the way Ray hoped.
His cop friend is questioning Ray's loyalties and his girlfriend
is not even certain she wants to continue their relationship.
As the job progresses, Ray is drawn into a web of corruption
and blackmail that reaches high ranking politicians and police
officials. With no one to trust and people with secrets to
protect, he needs to think quickly to avoid becoming killed
Chercover has created an exciting narrative that has carries
the reader into world of the private investigator. Chercover's
own experience as a PI gives the story an authentic feel and
the diverse cast of characters and locations helps to make
this book apart from the crowd. The actions sequences are riveting
and reminded me of Simon Kernick’s engaging style at
But no discussion about this book would be complete without
discussion of Chicago. The city is almost a character in itself.
Chercover's passion for the city he loves and his laments for
the city it is becoming, is evident throughout the book. The
story travels to Beverly Hills and Washington DC but when Dudgeon
is in Chicago, the reader can feel the energy of the story.
I hope we will see another Dudgeon novel set in the gritty
streets of Chicago soon. It's a combination that can't lose.
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