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Big City, Bad Blood

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A book by Sean Chercover

Real-life Chicago PI Chercover, in his impressive hard-boiled debut, introduces Ray Dudgeon, a former Chicago reporter disillusioned with the newspaper business who has turned private detective. When Bob Loniski, a locations manager for Hollywood films, … see full wiki

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Author: Sean Chercover
Publisher: Harper
1 review about Big City, Bad Blood

A different type of thriller

  • Mar 20, 2008
Rating:
+3
Ray Dougian is not your average PI. He is actually someone that is so entwined with the bad guys that he seems to do the same kind of things the bad guys do (murder, break into cars and storage lockers, blackmail, etc.) while claiming that it is all for a good cause. He is hired by a Hollywood type for protection against a mob hit. Thinking the mobster is small change, he roughs up some of his cronies to send a "message." Ray doesn't realize how big a deal this is because bodies are turning up everywhere and there seems to be a contract out on Ray as well as his client.

The book has some really entertaining moments and sometimes feels like a long episode of The Sopranos. It is very different from the typical thriller in there is a lot less suspense, just things happening with a lot of interesting characters and dialogue. If you can forgive Ray for his sins, you will like the book. If some of the things he does to the bad guys bothers you then try something else. I liked it.

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