This was great. I haven't been to Second City in years. Although I don't recall any of these bits, they were just as funny. And it brought together aThis was great. I haven't been to Second City in years. Although I don't recall any of these bits, they were just as funny. And it brought together a wide variety of Second City alumni. I think this has to be listened to....more
I just picked this one kind of at random. So it was a pleasant surprise. First off, it takes place in Chicago. A backstage mystery.
Morgan Taylor is aI just picked this one kind of at random. So it was a pleasant surprise. First off, it takes place in Chicago. A backstage mystery.
Morgan Taylor is a struggling actor in the Chicago theatrical community - at the Heartland (there's a nearby restaurant by that name) Theater. But her partner doesn't seem to be showing up. She finally auditions with someone else. Goes downstairs to a lesser used rest room and discovers her dead partner. Naturally she is a suspect. She left threatening messages on the woman's voicemail.
The bodies keep falling. The suspects keep mounting. But I didn't figure it out. Even though the killer was introduced early on in the book.
I look forward to future books in the series. ...more
This book was knocked down in rating for the acceptance of Peg Leg Sullivan's testimony. Maybe I missed it. But I didn't hear anything definitive abouThis book was knocked down in rating for the acceptance of Peg Leg Sullivan's testimony. Maybe I missed it. But I didn't hear anything definitive about the start of the fire. Now, this book may have been published before the exoneration of Mrs. O'Leary and her cow. It has been determined that Peg Leg was peeved at being cut off by O'Leary and somehow, whether on purpose or dozing off in the barn, knocked over the lantern. The City Council has absolved her of all blame.
The rest of the book was pretty interesting. It folled the stories of 4-5 people who were in Chicago on October 8, 1871.
Although this book turned out to be YA-oriented, it mad the story fairly understandable to all. Not over the heads of the young and not so simple that adults have a problem with it....more
This was a great listen. From Manny's to Edna's to Betty Loren-Maltese ad the disaster that Cicero has always been. Luckily the Bud Billiken Parade weThis was a great listen. From Manny's to Edna's to Betty Loren-Maltese ad the disaster that Cicero has always been. Luckily the Bud Billiken Parade went better in the year of this book than it did this year (there were killings, of course). And plaudits to his saluting Nelson Algren's great book, Chicago: City on the Make - a book I found sitting on my father's shelves a good number of years ago and loved at first sight.
Approaching the city from the South one day, after an architectural association had voted Chicago #1 (they're always doing that), he realized that Chicago is perpetually a city of change, especially architecturally. We are always tearing things down and building new things. Just as long as it never gets boring. Keep changing the skyline.
Highly recommended, but especially to Chicagoans and those who have visited. ...more
Max Allan Collins does his homework and knows how to spin a tale.
Most of the books of his that I have read before have been the disaster/celebrity stoMax Allan Collins does his homework and knows how to spin a tale.
Most of the books of his that I have read before have been the disaster/celebrity stories, which I also found very readable. This is the first Nathan Heller I have finished. I was hoping the others would make more sense if I went back to the beginning. Maybe they will now....more
Tale of the fire that changed fire laws. Quite horrific. It was a Christmastime show when everything went up in flames. Many children were in the audiTale of the fire that changed fire laws. Quite horrific. It was a Christmastime show when everything went up in flames. Many children were in the audience. Eddie Foy, Sr. helped keep the crowd calm for a while. But eventually it was out of control. The students from (I think) Northwestern which had classes across the alley from the theater helped some people to escape the flames by putting a plank or a ladder across the alley to the theater.
I think this book came out to coincide with the centenary.
By the way, this theater is still a theater. They try to play down the Iroquois, I think, although there might be a plaque to commemmorate it. For a while they had a plaque upstairs from another theater, the Fine Arts, commemmorating those who died. ...more
A shot rings out in the night and the local policeman walking the beat at 2 a.m. comes upon a guy on Sheridan Road in his bathrobe. The only unusual pA shot rings out in the night and the local policeman walking the beat at 2 a.m. comes upon a guy on Sheridan Road in his bathrobe. The only unusual part about this to me is a cop walking the beat in the middle of the night. I don't think they walk beats anymore - just drive around in their cars.
Anyway, the man takes the policeman upstair and gives him a cock and bull story about not wanting to disturb his wife but a shot rang out upstairs. Except they get upstairs and there is no body.
The ace detective is called in. From the description in the book, it would seem as though detective Morgan solves every tough case in Chicago. And, of course, he has to live right by the Cubs ball park. Not sure if it was called Wrigley Field then or just Cubs Park.
Actually, it was a fairly interesting story. Nothing great, mind. But the fact that I could picture where things were taking place helps.
As a native to Chicago and the 'burbs, I was all prepared to find geographical errors. No such thing. So the Thornes mounted the first hurdle.
What I got a kick out of - and what does age the story - is they talking about catching the "motor bus" or taking the "electric train". They question whether the hills in Lincoln Park are man-made or real. I checked Wikipedia and Google and couldn't determine. Of course, since much of Lincoln Park is a former cemetery maybe the hills are just graves that didn't get moved.
Actually, the discussion about cops taking the motor bus is the only part that really didn't ring that true for me. Or else times really have changed. Becuase I have talked to cops and they don't take public transportation generally - if they see a crime taking place on their way to official duty, they have to take care of the crime. And, then are late to their official duty. This is especially true if their duty is at the ball park.
I have to admit, for a native, this book was a lot of fun. ...more