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Dooley's Back: A Novel of Crime

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Dooley is not back even a day, and already he's helped a gangland punk with a switchblade in his hand and rape on his mind to a deadly fall. And throughout this gritty, hard-boiled crime novel by a master of the new noir, fists work fast, the talk comes tough, and pages turn as swiftly as the rip of a hitman's bullet. Frank Dooley used to be a Chicago cop, but eight years ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by Carroll & Graf
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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
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
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
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 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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