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Journalist and documentarian Harvey is known for his race-the-clock thrillers starring Chicago private eye Michael Kelly (e.g., The Chicago Way, 2007, and The Third Rail, 2010). This time he offers a stand-alone thriller, still set in Chicago and environs but starring an unlikely trio of journalism grad students. Three students are enrolled in the Medill School of Journalism's Innocence Seminar. This program has received a great deal of both positive and negative press (in the real world) for having students, guided by a professor, work to exonerate wrongly convicted death-row inmates. Harvey doesn't mention the controversy surrounding the program, which seems odd since his mystery is set in the present. The students choose their own case, a 14-year-old cold case in which a young boy was murdered. On their visit to the forest-preserve crime scene, they stumble upon another young boy's body. The trio's pursuit of both cases is sometimes intriguing but more often improbable. For Harvey fans.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist


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In this ambitious stand-alone from Harvey (The Chicago Way and three other Mike Kelly PI novels), three Northwestern journalist students-Ian Joyce, Jake Havens, and Sarah Gold-enroll in a special course that requires them to investigate cases that strongly suggest the accused were wrongfully convicted. One case concerns the murder of 10-year-old Skylar Wingate. The man convicted of the crime has long since died, but new evidence supports the theory that the real killer is still alive. On a visit to the site where Skylar was found buried, the three students discover the body of another boy in a cave. When their search for the killer brings them into contact with the corrupt underbelly of the Chicago police, they realize they must solve the crime-not only for the sake of justice but to save their own lives. Although Harvey makes some far-fetched connections in the wrap-up, the suspense remains high throughout. Author tour. Agent: David Gernert, the Gernert Company. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Book list
From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

Journalist and documentarian Harvey is known for his race-the-clock thrillers starring Chicago private eye Michael Kelly (e.g., The Chicago Way, 2007, and The Third Rail, 2010). This time he offers a stand-alone thriller, still set in Chicago and environs but starring an unlikely trio of journalism grad students. Three students are enrolled in the Medill School of Journalism's Innocence Seminar. This program has received a great deal of both positive and negative press (in the real world) for having students, guided by a professor, work to exonerate wrongly convicted death-row inmates. Harvey doesn't mention the controversy surrounding the program, which seems odd since his mystery is set in the present. The students choose their own case, a 14-year-old cold case in which a young boy was murdered. On their visit to the forest-preserve crime scene, they stumble upon another young boy's body. The trio's pursuit of both cases is sometimes intriguing but more often improbable. For Harvey fans.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist