The Third Rail by Michael Harvey

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews



A woman is shot as she waits for her train to work. An hour later, a second woman is killed as she rides an elevated train through the Loop. Then, a church becomes the target of a chemical weapons attack. The city of Chicago is under siege, and Michael Kelly, former cop turned private investigator, happens to be on the scene when all hell breaks loose.  Kelly’s brassy investigating and razor-sharp instincts lead him into an intricate plot involving a retired cop, a shady train company, and a quietly ticking weapon nestled deep in the city’s underbelly.  But when his girlfriend—the gorgeous judge Rachel Swenson—is abducted, Kelly realizes that the only way he’s going to find the killer is to excavate his own stormy past.

From the Paperback edition.

About Michael Harvey

See more books from this Author
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 April 12, 2010 by Vintage. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Third Rail

New York Journal of Books

See more reviews from this publication

In fact, as The Third Rail ends, just when the reader may think that the story has been neatly tied up in a non-noir manner, Harvey manages to leave readers truly frightened and uncomfortable by keeping a terrifying loose end unresolved, which—as Harvey has hinted in an Amazon interview—leaves th...

Apr 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Third Rail

Oregon Live

Michael Kelly, ex-cop and current P.I., returns in Michael Harvey's latest mystery, "The Third Rail," act three in Harvey's paean to Chicago, begun in "The Chicago Way" and then "The Fifth Floor" (a reference to the seat of power in the Windy City).

Jun 05 2010 | Read Full Review of The Third Rail

MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Private investigator Michael Kelly is part of a task force that includes a detective named Vince Rodriguez and a no-nonsense FBI agent, Katherine Lawson.

Apr 22 2010 | Read Full Review of The Third Rail

True Crime Book Reviews

Although the third book in the Kelly series from author Michael Harvey, The Third Rail was the first one I read.

Apr 02 2010 | Read Full Review of The Third Rail

Reader Rating for The Third Rail

An aggregated and normalized score based on 78 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review