The Innocence Game by Michael Harvey

57%

7 Critic Reviews

...the execution of the plot is uneven, bordering on convoluted at various points. The characters, though interesting, are not fully developed to the point that a reader becomes fully invested in them nor cares about their fates.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

A cold case is about to do supernova and three students will learn the price of innocence.

At Northwestern's renowned journalism school, Ian Joyce has been invited to participate in a prestigious seminar that investigates wrongful convictions and forgotten cases. With only two other classmates--beautiful, strong-willed Sarah Gold and enigmatically brilliant Jake Havens--he begins to investigate the long-ago murder of a young boy, ten-year-old Skylar Wingate, last seen walking home from school, his body discovered three days later in a forest preserve. His alleged killer was murdered decades ago in jail. But two chilling clues delivered to Jake's house suggest that the killer is still very much alive, and, in fact, in their midst. As the evidence mounts, the three classmates find themselves drawn into web of distrust, deceit, and corruption that will lead from the grittiest corners of Chicago and to the shores of Lake Michigan.

 

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 May 7, 2013 by Vintage. 258 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Innocence Game
All: 7 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 31 2013

Not as tricky and gritty as Harvey’s Kelly cases, but the appealing kids at the book's center pick up the slack and leave us wanting more.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Mar 18 2013

Although Harvey makes some far-fetched connections in the wrap-up, the suspense remains high throughout.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Schultz on May 07 2013

...the execution of the plot is uneven, bordering on convoluted at various points. The characters, though interesting, are not fully developed to the point that a reader becomes fully invested in them nor cares about their fates.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on May 24 2013

...an interesting and quietly compelling change of pace, both conceptually and stylistically.

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The Seattle Times

Below average
Reviewed by Ken Armstrong on May 13 2013

I wanted to like this book. The real-life students at Northwestern, just north of Chicago, have done dramatic work, helping free innocent men from Death Row. So why did Harvey...have to go full cartoon?

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Hutchinson Leader

Good
on May 30 2013

In the end, justice is served so I was satisfied. It's definitely a story that will keep you guessing.

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Thinking About Books

Below average
Reviewed by David Marshall on Aug 16 2013

As to the prose. . . let’s just say it rubbed me up the wrong way and pass on to the sad conclusion that I really don’t think The Innocence Game is very good. In better hands, a plot following on from these ideas exploring the problems with the death penalty could be good. This is not really worth reading.

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