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The Threshing Floor
Lieutenant Jon Burke is a seasoned detective and the commanding officer at Burnside Station. When two of his men are gunned down in cold blood, he finds himself at the head of the greatest manhunt in Chicago's history. Solomon Armstrong owns a chop shop on the South Side. When the investigation threatens to expose the secrets of his business, he strives desperately to save ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 22nd 2009 by Createspace
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Intriguing book by a first time author who is from my neighborhood, which is what motivated me to pick up the book. Good story based on a true account of police brutality and torture in Chicago. The novel raises a number of thoughtful angles, particularly the strong desire of people in the neighborhood to have their normacy back. I thought the language was somewhat awkward, but the strength of the story propels the reader.
I thought the dueling perspectives of the neighborhood and the police force brought to light the ethical complications for both parties. With recent media attention focused on unnecessary policy force, this novel provides unique perspectives, historical accuracy with creative license, and context to apply to current events. Some of the language requires a dictionary, but can be an adult vocabulary lesson.