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Dooley's Back: A Dooley Crime Novel

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  10 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A hard-bitten ex-cop returns to the dark side of Chicago in an edgy novel of suspense.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 28th 2007 by Carroll & Graf
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Timothy Hallinan
At Left Coast Crime, I did what I always do when surrounded by good writers: I asked who I should be reading, and I kept being told Sam Reaves. Boy, were they right. Reaves is just effortlessly good in this story of a semi-disgraced cop who returns to Chicago after years as a semi-fugitive in Mexico, to face up to the past but who instead gets sidetracked into the present. It Ross Thomas's characters are persuasively cynical, Reaves' are persuasively tough -- good and bad alike. This is sort of ...more
Greg Tymn
I was excited to read this follow-on to Homicide-69. Unfortunately, this novel didn't pack the punch of H69. It was slow going. The plot held together all right, the last few concluding pages were rewarding in their own way...but the book dragged for me. Perhaps it was because H69 was so good. Perhaps it's just not that good of a detective novel.

If I could describe it as "foggy", some of you might get what I mean. The close environment of a detective novel needs contrast and definition. I didn't
Lukasz Pruski
Clean, economical writing. Fast pace. Likeable and relatively well-drawn main character. Convincing portrait of Chicago. On the other hand, this is yet another book about Chicago Outfit. The book reads like a fairy tale for adults. Cartoonish bad guys lose, good guys win. The plot gets gradually more and more improbable to the point that at the end it feels like a treatment for a Hollywood movie (there is even a device for a sequel). Still, there are more painful ways of spending four hours than ...more
Jan 12, 2011 KevaD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book.
It isn't often I actually find a book I can't put down until I finish reading it, but this was one of those.
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Aka Dominic Martell.

Sam Reaves has written eight novels, most set in Chicago, and co-authored the true crime memoir Mob Cop. Under the name Dominic Martell he has penned a European-based suspense trilogy. Reaves has traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East but has lived in the Chicago area most of his life. He has worked as a teacher and a translator.
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