High Chicago

High Chicago

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After his successful debut, Buffalo Jump, Howard Shrier is back with High Chicago, the next in the Jonah Geller series.

Toronto investigator Jonah Geller has opened his own agency, World Repairs, and he and his partner, Jenn Raudsepp, are immediately drawn into investigating the apparent suicide of a young girl -- and the high-stakes world of construction and development on a long-neglected parcel of Toronto's waterfront. Clues lead them to suspect that fabled real estate tycoon Simon Birk -- the partner of the dead girl's father -- is killing people who get in the way of the project, but the evidence isn't rock solid. And Jonah has to craft an audacious plan to take down one of Chicago's most powerful men.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2009.
ISBN: 9780307356086
Characteristics: xvi, 309 p. ;,21 cm.


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Aug 05, 2013

This Toronto based author is one to watch; couldn't put this one down, violent but worthwhile read. I read Buffalo Jump and felt the series was going to be worth reading.

sit_walk Jul 28, 2010

Winner of a 2010 Arthur Ellis Award (Crime Writers Association of Canada) for Best Novel.

Jun 04, 2010

This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
In Howard Shrier's second Jonah Geller mystery, High Chicago, Jonah is now running his own agency, with his partner (professional, not personal), Jenn. A grieving mother asks them to discover why her daughter committed suicide. The trail leads past the dead girl's developer father to his big money American partner, Simon Birk, a man who makes Donald Trump look small-time and kindly. Going from Toronto to Chicago and helped by Jenn, old friend Avi (now a Chicago lawyer), and reformed hitman, Dante Ryan, Geller ignores physical threats (and considerable damage) to solve a number of mysterious deaths.

Like the first book in the series, Buffalo Jump, High Chicago is fast-paced and exciting, with great characters and dialogue. Short chapters speed the plot along, and as seems to be required in a PI novel, there is cracking wise and banter. Jenn (who is gay) rebuffing Ryan's half-serious advances is quite amusing. Recommended.

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