Michael Harvey's first novel The Chicago Way will be released in August 2007. It is a noir thriller featuring a former Chicago cop named Michael Kelly who has become a private detective. He is hired by his former police partner to help solve a case of rape and battery. The case has remained unsolved for eight years because the ex-partner had been ordered to forget about it. The day after being hired to help reopen the case, Kelly's ex-partner is found murdered and Kelly has been framed for the killing. As he works to extricate himself he discovers a network of political corruption and crooked cops which seems to be protecting a serial murderer. He elicits the help of a television reporter, a forensic DNA expert, a detective with a special interest in rape cases, and someone form the District Attorney's office to pursue the case. Following the trail puts him in confrontation with Chicago's mob, the serial killer, double-crossing friends, and the mean streets of Chicago themselves.
This book has already received a Publishers Weekly starred review and has a buzz growing about the writer's ability to deliver a fast-paced, atmospheric thriller. Harvey is the co-creator and executive producer of the television show Cold Case Files, a pioneer in the non-fiction forensics genre, which has been nominated for two Emmys for Best Original Series. He has also shared an Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary Short: Writer for the film Eyewitness: The Legacy of Death Camp Art (1999). Directed by Bert Van Bork, this is a film about the genre of art created secretly by artists who died inside the Nazi death camps during the Holocaust. It focuses primarily on the life and work of three artists who were prisoners at Auschwitz. Jan Kondki, a Polish Catholic, Dina Gottliebova, and Felix Nussbaum.
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