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We All Fall Down (Michael Kelly #4)

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Chicago cop turned private investigator Michael Kelly is racing to save his city from a deadly new foe: a biological weapon unleashed underground.

When a lightbulb falls in a subway tunnel, it releases a pathogen that could kill millions. While the mayor postures, people begin to die, especially on the city’s grim West Side. Hospitals become morgues. L trains are converted
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published (first published July 12th 2011)
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Michael Harvey's We All Fall Down traffics in the “tough, gritty Chicago” sales pitch. If the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hadn't reviewed this novel positively and/or the book was set somewhere other than my hometown I doubt I would have requested a library copy. Still, We All Fall Down and I met at an ideal time and the book served me well. A doctor instructed me to sit on the couch all day Saturday because I'm apparently unable to self-diagnose dehydration. In turn I read this novel between abo ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-read
Bio weapons, drugs and dirty cops is the mode of operandi in this story. There is some really insightful and scary topics covered in this story. The writing style works good for this made for film style of story. I would have liked more character development in this story and some more charge of thrill. As I write this I have a temperature and just come off emptying out my dinner, flu symptoms I don't know but after reading this story I might need to get checked out. I never liked the closeness ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Kelley, private investigator, gets caught up in a major biohazard event in Chicago. This book may be the only p.i. novel to deal with what might happen if someone released a deadly toxin in an urban setting. And Kelley is a perfect central character because he is pretty much fearless yet smart enough and connected enough to go where most investigators wouldn't go. "We All Fall Down" is the fourth book in a five-book series that is realistically rooted in Chicago. It is my favorite p.i. s ...more
John Sheridan
Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Bit of a disappointment as I've really enjoyed the previous books in the Michael Kelly series and while there is enough in this one to keep me waiting for number 5 but ...... there should be more than that. Opening chapters rely too much on you appreciating who the characters are and their roles from preceding book. The pace does pick up at the end for a dramatic conclusion but the inclusion of an ex-cop PI in the middle of a nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC) attack just jars from the outset I ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the fourth adventure of Chicago PI Michael Kelly. The story opens up with Michael, and particularly his girlfriend, recovering from what transpired in the previous book, The Third Rail. Unfortunately the “ticking time-bomb” from a month earlier – and the previous book – explodes. The “time-bomb” in this case is a biological pathogen filled light-bulb in the Chicago “subway” system. And before the reader can say “James Bond”, civilian Michael Kelly is drafted by the Mayor and Homeland Sec ...more
Mary Welk
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Harvey is a Chicago author of political suspense novels. Several years ago I read his book The Fifth Floor, a chiller involving shenanigans dreamed up in the fifth floor office of the mayor of Chicago that led to murder and mayhem on the streets of the city. This year I bought We All Fall Down, a 2012 release by Harvey. This latest in his Michael Kelly, P.I. series deals with bio-terrorism and black biology. I loved The Fifth Floor, so I couldn't wait to start reading this new book. I ha ...more
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
We All Fall Down, as in Michael Harvey's previous Michael Kelly novels, is set in Chicago and has as many twists in the plot as Lake Shore Drive. I grew up in Indiana near Chicago and enjoy reading books that take place there. Unlike novels that are set in New York, San Francisco or London, when Harvey references the Ike, Grant Park or the United Center, I have a feel for the place. Harvey also expresses the general feel of Chicago that residents and others familiar with Chicago will relate to. ...more
A Blue Line train in Chicago is going faster than it should. The vibrations from the train's passage rattles the rails and causes a light bulb to loosen and fall. Soon, people begin to get sick and die.

P.I. Michael Kelly is called in and asked to help with security as it's determined that there could be a threat of a biological weapon in the Chicago railway system.

The Dept. of Homeland Security is on hand and when the number of deaths mount, they decide to quarantine part of the city. This gives
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Of the four novels Michael Harvey has written about Michael Kelly, PI, We All Fall Down was the least enjoyable. It’s still fairly enjoyable, though. It’s just not very good. But that’s OK; “good” isn’t really what you’re looking for when you read a Michael Kelly story. These novels are about the gritty, tough Chicago of stereotypes: tough cops, criminal cops, corrupt politicians, drugs, guns, and sex.

We All Fall Down picks up an open piece of the plot of the previous book, The Third Rail. The s
Ryan Mishap
Ignore the book jacket blurb that references Michael Connelly, this series resembles a more noir Paretsky more than anything and not just because of the Chicago angle.

The setting was intense, the plot interesting, the noir-patterns intact...I just didn't enjoy it as much as the previous entries in the series.

I think--considering the plot and prose was on par with the earlier books--that it's me this time. I've grown weary of the one-dimensional depictions of African-Americans as gang thugs. In
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Michael is the best-selling author of seven crime novels, The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, The Third Rail, We All Fall Down, The Innocence Game, The Governor’s Wife and Brighton, scheduled for release in June of 2016. Film rights to Brighton, a stand-alone thriller set in Michael’s hometown of Boston, were recently optioned by Graham King, producer of The Departed and The Town.

Michael is also an
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Other Books in the Series

Michael Kelly (5 books)
  • The Chicago Way (Michael Kelly, #1)
  • The Fifth Floor (Michael Kelly, #2)
  • The Third Rail (Michael Kelly, #3)
  • The Governor's Wife (Michael Kelly, #5)