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Michael Harvey

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Michael Harvey earned a bachelor’s degree in classical languages from Holy Cross College, a law degree at Duke University, and a Masters in journalism from Northwestern. In addition to a mystery writer, he was a former investigative reporter for CBS, a journalist, and a documentary producer. His work has won numerous national and international awards, including multiple CableACE and Emmy awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination for his documentary Eyewitness. He is also the co-creator, producer, and executive producer of series Cold Case Files on the A&E television network. He currently lives in Chicago where he owns a bar.

What he writes: Harvey writes gritty, intense detective stories, all set in Chicago. They feature former cynical Chicago cop turned private investigator Michael Kelly. All of Harvey’s books are stylish, sophisticated, edge-of-your-seat suspense thrillers from someone many proclaim to be a new modern master of the thriller genre.


Michael Kelly series
  The Chicago Way (2007) -- CD -- eAudiobook
  The Fifth Floor (2008) -- CD -- large type
  The Third Rail (2010) -- CD -- large type
  We All Fall Down (2011) -- CD -- large type
What the critics say
Regarding The Chicago Way - "Harvey’s debut delivers a fast-paced thrill ride through Chicago’s seedy underbelly . . . [He] masterfully combines the sardonic wit of Chandler with the gritty violence of Lehane’s Kenzie and Gennaro series. Bringing Chicago to life so skillfully that the reader can almost hear the El train in the distance, Harvey is poised to take the crime-writing world by storm." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Regarding The Fifth Floor - "This is a first-rate detective novel that brings back the glory of those earlier heroes, but with the appeal of today’s modern world. They don’t come much better than this one." - The Journal Star
Regarding The Third Rail - "[A] knockout thriller. . . . Harvey dispenses the pressure plays, cruel surprises and heartbreaking setbacks of his plot with crack timing, never allowing the reader a moment to unfasten his seat belt. And all the while Harvey renders [P. I. Michael] Kelly’s Chicago in crisp, tough and ironic prose." - Gerald Bartell, The Washington Post Book World


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