The Fifth Floor by Michael Harvey
(Michael Kelly)

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Private detective Michael Kelly returns in a lightning-paced, intricately woven mystery. When Kelly is hired by an old girlfriend to tail her abusive husband, he expects trouble of a domestic rather than a historical nature. Life, however, is not so simple.

The trail leads to a dead body in an abandoned house on Chicago's North Side and then to places Kelly would rather not go: specifically, City Hall's fabled fifth floor, where the mayor is feeling the heat. Kelly becomes embroiled in a scam that stretches from current politics back to the night Chicago burned to the ground. Along the way, he finds himself framed for murder, before finally facing a killer bent on rewriting history.

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About Michael Harvey

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Michael Harvey is the author of The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, The Third Rail, and We All Fall Down, and is also a journalist and documentary producer. His work has received numerous national and international awards, including multiple news Emmys, two Primetime Emmy nominations, and an Academy Award nomination. He holds a law degree with honors from Duke University, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in classical languages from Holy Cross College. He lives, of course, in Chicago.

Author Residence: Chicago, IL

Author Hometown: Boston, MA
Published August 26, 2008 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, War, Crime. Fiction

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PI Michael Kelly digs into the history of the Great Chicago Fire for his second case in what’s shaping up as a strong series (The Chicago Way, 2007).

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Book Reporter

From page one of THE FIFTH FLOOR, a follow-up to 2007’s THE CHICAGO WAY, it is evident that former police officer Michael Kelly is no ordinary private eye.

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This may all seem unduly harsh, but for a writer who has been involved with Emmy Award winning television projects, this was a disappointing book.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Chicago PI Michael Kelly would be a happier man if Janet Woods would take his advice and leave her abusive husband.

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