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Mean Town Blues

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A bluesy neo-noir crime thriller pitting an Iraq war vet against the Chicago mob.
A veteran of the war in Iraq, where he suffered extreme injury, and a refugee from a sad Kentucky family history, Tommy McClain places his faith in a beat-up blue Chevy and his future in the city of Chicago. He's got a friend there he can count on.
What he doesn't count on is Lisa DePietro. S
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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Pegasus Books (first published 2008)
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Bronwyn Platz
Oct 27, 2015 Bronwyn Platz rated it really liked it
This book is plot driven and compelling. The male protagonist is almost three dimensional and I did care about him a bit, mostly because he was a balanced combination of gun-toting, shoot-now-ask-questions-late and vulnerable puppy.
You get a good sense of these contradictions through his drawling, wry dialogue and his internal conflict.
The plot develops in complexity as the narrative progresses. I was happy enough with the romantic story line in the beginning, so the additional layers were a g
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Jacqui Gordon
May 20, 2011 Jacqui Gordon rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
Mean town blues is a classic noir crime story about Tommy who is home from the Iraq war after being shot and decides to go to Chicago to visit his friend (and crash on his couch). He meets a girl called Lisa who is being stalked by a creep and Tommy decides to have a "talk" with the guy but the creep ends up dead. The only problem is the creep is actually the son of a high ranked mobster and his father thinks it's a rival outfit out for revenge.

It was a well written book with plenty of plot turn
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Holly
Jul 14, 2015 Holly rated it liked it
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James Thane
Mar 25, 2010 James Thane rated it really liked it
This is another excellent book by Sam Reaves. Tommy McClain returns from Iraq to his native Chicago and bunks with an old high school friend. He meets a beautiful woman who is being stalked by a major creep. Tommy volunteers to intervene and suddenly finds himself in major trouble with the cops, the FBI, and the mob as well. Reaves knows Chicago inside and out. The settings are great; the characters are well drawn, and once the book gets rolling, the action is non-stop.
KevaD
Jan 12, 2011 KevaD rated it it was amazing
This was the first Sam Reaves novel I read.
I bought and read a second.
The man can write.
Nuff' said.
Sandi
Another Chicago crime novel by Reaves. Lots of action and plot but the characters were a bit thin.
Kevin
Sep 09, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it
Thriller set in Chicago. Moves very quickly. Some nicely drawn characters.
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Aka Dominic Martell.

Sam Reaves has written seven Chicago-based crime novels, including the Cooper MacLeish series, the Dooley series and the stand-alone Mean Town Blues. As 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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