We All Fall Down by Michael Harvey

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Chicago cop turned private investigator Michael Kelly is racing to save his city from a deadly new foe: a biological weapon unleashed underground.

When a lightbulb falls in a subway tunnel, it releases a pathogen that could kill millions. While the mayor postures, people begin to die, especially on the city’s grim West Side. Hospitals become morgues. L trains are converted into rolling hearses. Finally, the government acts, sealing off entire sections of the city—but are they keeping people out or in? Meanwhile, Michael Kelly’s hunt for the people who poisoned his city takes him into the tangled underworld of Chicago’s West Side gangs and the even more frightening world of black biology—an elite discipline emerging from the nation’s premier labs, where scientists play God and will stop at nothing to preserve their secrecy.

It’s a brave new world . . . and the most audacious page-turner yet from an emerging modern master.


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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 July 12, 2011 by Knopf. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Harvey shows how a thriller focused on bioterrorism should be done in his outstanding fourth novel featuring Chicago PI Michael Kelly (after The Third Rail). At a high-level meeting that includes the

Jun 13 2011 | Read Full Review of We All Fall Down

Publishers Weekly

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Harvey shows how a thriller focused on bioterrorism should be done in his outstanding fourth novel featuring Chicago PI Michael Kelly (after The Third Rail).

Jun 13 2011 | Read Full Review of We All Fall Down

Book Reporter

From its ethnic neighborhoods to its gang culture, both modern and historical, to its political traditions that allow the neighborhoods and the criminals to co-exist so long as the politicians receive their just due, Harvey captures the Chicago community in all of its strengths and weaknesses.

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The Columbus Dispatch

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Journal Sentinel

Once again, Michael Harvey, who titled an earlier novel "The Chicago Way," distills the City of the Big Shoulders into a dark-hearted, intoxicating, sometimes bitter beverage, as hearty as the Guinness poured at his pub, with a touch of that nasty stuff that Mithridates used to imbibe to make him...

Jul 22 2011 | Read Full Review of We All Fall Down

MostlyFiction Book Reviews

A sleazy guy from Homeland Security threatens to throw Kelly in jail on trumped-up charges unless the PI agrees to assist Ellen Brazile, “one of the foremost experts in the world on the genetic engineering of bioweapons.” Kelly powwows with Brazile and her team, the Mayor of Chicago, John J.

Aug 07 2011 | Read Full Review of We All Fall Down

Shots

This particular book didn’t feel like a good introduction to the world of Michael Kelly but I will try another one in the series.

Mar 15 2012 | Read Full Review of We All Fall Down

The Agony Column

Michael Harvey's 'The Third Rail' hinted at that Harvey might take his PI, Michael Kelly and the private eye genre into this century, and 'We All Fall Down' makes good on that promise.

Aug 21 2011 | Read Full Review of We All Fall Down

Time Out Chicago

It’s one thing to write a story about Chicago corruption, but it’s quite another to examine the ways that corruption could affect a large-scale crisis.

Jul 20 2011 | Read Full Review of We All Fall Down

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