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Dialogues of a Crime

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  301 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Named To Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books Of 2013
Ranked #20, Amazon Best Sellers, 14 October 2014
Silver Medal Winner, Realistic Fiction, 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards

1972. The Chicago Mob stands unchallenged, and college students with drugs provide fodder for political point-making. Michael Pollitz, a nineteen-year-old with connections to the Outfit, becomes one of those po
Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published July 25th 2013 by Amika Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Barbara Mitchell
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that this cover looks like something you would have for a college class is intentional I would think. The story begins with a college student and turns into a psychological study of his supposed crime and its far-reaching effects.

Nineteen year old Michael J. Pollitz awakens in his dorm room to pounding on his door. Confused, he is summarily identified and arrested for a felony. It turns out his "crime" was showing a man to a room in the dorm where he could buy drugs. Pollitz didn't part
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dialogues of A Crime: John K. Manos

Crimes are committed everyday and those in charge of the arrest and incarceration of the suspect or suspects involved handle each suspect accordingly. Within the criminal system not everything is handled in a legal or proper manner and sometimes the suspect is wrongly accused and at other times could be forced to enter a plea that will cause that person a lifetime in prison, a short stint inside for no reason or a result that most would never expect. Dialogues
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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I'm not exactly sure what defines "best" for Kirkus Reviews, but I'm kind of wishing that the first line of this book's synopsis didn't include that little tidbit-it's quite misleading. Personally, I would not deem Dialogues of a Crime as one of the "best" books I've ever read, I'm more in the "it was okay" camp. Then again, crime/mob related fiction OR movies have never really been my thing. I am completely biased here, as usual.

Michael/the young man has been accused of par
Amika Press
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Manos’ crime drama, Michael Pollitz must decide whether to protect the mobster who has protected him.

When Mike, a college student in 1972 Illinois, is arrested on drug charges, his father insists he use a public defender. His childhood friend’s father, Dom Calabria, head of the Outfit in Chicago, wants to help Mike by providing a first-rate lawyer, but Mike goes with his father’s wishes. The outcome is a plea bargain for a short stay in Asto
Ruth Chatlien
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I cracked open the cover of Dialogues of a Crime by John K. Manos. I knew it was a crime story, but it didn’t seem like the typical murder mystery / detective novel. It’s not. It’s an interesting confection blended of almost equal parts Godfather, police procedural, and film noir with a Chicago twist.

The book opens with a snapshot of a brutal crime in progress. Then the narrative switches to the story of college student Michael Pollitz being caught up in a drug
Pat Camalliere
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What made this novel special was the exploration of the relationship between the suspect, Pollitz, and the detective, Klinger. John Manos handles his characters in wonderfully realistic detail as the story unfolds. Klinger is investigating Pollitz as a step toward gathering criminal evidence to put away a boss of the Chicago Outfit, but he can never be sure if the outfit or Pollitz himself actually committed the crimes. Pollitz has no direct ties to organized crime, but has been a family friend ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't love Mafia stories, never have. 6 years of Sopranos didn't change it, this book certainly didn't. Because of its subject matter, it took me a while to get into, but once I did it was actually a quick and reasonably entertaining read. The main characters, the cop and the potential suspect/person of interest, were well rendered, their relationship was very interesting as were their dialogues, but in the end that wasn't enough. For a thriller there wasn't enough excitement or mystery, for a ...more
Jay Amberg
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've recently read Dialogues of a Crime for the second time, paying particular attention to the development of the friendship between Michael Pollitz and Larry Klinger. While some might see moral ambiguity creeping into the relationship, the story is really about coming to understand and respect another person and to appreciate more deeply the human condition. My point is that, unlike most crime fiction, Dialogues of a Crime is worth rereading.
May 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
I got to the 7% mark and quit. Using God's name in vain is enough for me but the author continued on in vulgar language. I've heard them all and still don't appreciate reading it in print. The part I read was a little slow and every 2 or 3 paragraphs was a chapter.
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-crafted crime novel with depth. I enjoyed the walk down memory lane but more important the relationships he created between the young man and his father, his surrogate father and the relentless detective bent on solving a 20 year old cold case.
Barbara Fett
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in bed late at night. It left me puzzled, disturbed and curious! I fell asleep but woke a couple hours later with my mind still occupied with the plot! I love it when this happens! I will recommend this book to my bookclub because I know we will have a really good discussion!
Mary Alice Tanner
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very glad I read this book. ygical

I will be thinking about this book for a long
time. It is certainly a distinct departure from what I usually find myself reading. Will be a great discussion for a book club. This book should be called a psychological mystery. The characters reasons for murder and mayhem are left to your thoughts and deci
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book

You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel and I really enjoyed reading this novel very much so. Shelley Ma
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

I was surprised at how absorbing this story was, even though it wasn’t quite what I thought it would be.

Obviously, based on the title, I thought it would be about a crime, and either someone would get away, it would turn out to be justified, or the perpetrator would suffer his or her due punishment.

Instead, we have a series of character portraits revolving around events in 1972. Yes, there was a crime, and yes, there were punishments, just not the way you e
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In 1972, nineteen-year-old Michael Pollitz, a college freshman in central Illinois, was asleep in his dorm when he was awakened by a bang on the door and two men entering his room. One of them looked at him, said “That’s him,” and they arrested him. Michael had no idea why and they wouldn’t tell him the reason, but when they walked out, he saw several other students he knew were also being arrested.
He knew the others were all involved in drug sales. He used drugs occasionally but had no conne
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally published to Bookish Ardour

I’m always curious about the underworld; who isn’t? It’s a great backdrop to create a mysterious, compelling, and engrossing story against. You have everything you need for a story when it involves the mafia, or mobsters, even if they are fictional. As soon as someone says The Mob, what do you expect?

I expect, as a fundamental part of a mobster story, dominate, cold-hearted, calculating characters surrounded by seedy opulence and ostentatious
Teena in Toronto
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1972, Michael Pollitz was a college student. The police stormed his room and he was arrested, along with others, and he had no idea why. His best friend, John's father, Dom, who was part of the Mafia wanted to help by providing Michael a lawyer but Michael's father wouldn't allow it. Instead, he was represented by an incompetent public offender and there were serious ramifications.

In 1994, the police were trying to take down Dom. A seasoned officer, Larry Klinger, got some information from a
Mary Bearden
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:

If you love a really good mystery with some thrilling parts in it, then this is the book for you! I wasn't too sure if I was going to like this book in the first chapter because I really don't like the way some laws are performed and the punishment didn't fit the crime and I think Mike got a really bad lawyer, but it makes for some very interesting reading.

I will tell you that there is only one bad scene in the book and the rest is just assumed. There really is no details of the crim
Kathleen Kelly
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Dialogues of a Crime is a mystery involving a young man who happens to be kind of in the wrong place at the wrong time. While in college in 1972, Michael is arrested for 'walking' a DEA agent to another dorm room to buy drugs. He of course did not know that the guy was an agent and a few weeks later he is arrested, along with others in a drug bust of the dorm. Even though he keeps telling them that he doesn't sell drugs he is charged anyway. Michael has been good friends with John Calabria whose ...more
Charles Ray
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In 1972, 19-year-old college student Michael Pollitz got caught up in a drug bust and through an unfortunate combination of circumstances wound up in jail where he was brutally assaulted by other inmates. Michael just happened to have a friendship connection with the son of a leader of the Chicago mob, and two of his assailants ended up murdered after they were released. Two decades later, when the third assailant is arrested on an unrelated charge, he brings the old case up, which gets veteran ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ipad, 2014
Dialogues of a Crime was not the suspenseful thriller that I was hoping I would get. Honestly, I thought the book was very slow and not really engaging. I never got the feeling of mystery or suspense that I was hoping to get. I found myself putting it down in favor of other books. Never a good sign. The book starts in 1972 with the arrest of Michael, a quiet college kid, who happened to show an undercover cop the room of a drug dealer. In a sweep of the campus, he is taken into custody as an acc ...more
Sarah Koz
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jen Rothmeyer, San Francisco Book Review: “In cold-case murder mystery Dialogues of a Crime, John Manos causes the reader to check their own assumptions not only about drug crimes, the prison system, mobsters, long-term effects of violent crimes on the victims, and justice, but also about what actually happens in the novel. Time and again Manos sets up the story in such a way that the reader is left wondering what really happened. Instead of being aggravating, I found this tactic admirable becau ...more
R.G. Ziemer
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dialogues of a Crime is a very good novel by Chicagoan John K.Manos. I heard him read a chapter at Waterline Writers in Batavia, and knew right away that he had a great ear for dialogue. It’s smart and realistic story with a local angle. Larry Klinger, a major crimes detective, gets a tip from a convict about a 20-year old crime that could implicate the head of the Chicago outfit. But in order to develop his case, he will have to break down Mike, the victim of the crime, and undermine his lifelo ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
This is a thoughful mystery, not so much a whodunit as a will-he-get-caught. it starts with Mike, a college kid, being swept up in a drug raid for the felony of showing a DEA agent which dorm room he can go to to buy drugs. Mike is poor and has to take a lousy public defender; he ends up serving two months, most of it in the infirmary because he's brutally attacked in jail. Two of the three perpetrators die a grisly death once they get out of jail. The story skips ahead 22 years where Det. Kling ...more
Nicole G.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, kindle-freebies
A solid 3.5 stars.

I got this as a free book on the Kindle store a while ago. The book covers two different periods of time - 1972 and 1994. The events of 1972 are horrific for our protagonist, Michael Pollitz, in several ways, but he hopes to put them behind him. However, a chance occurrence in 1994 sends a Chicago police officer in his path. However, it's not your typical Mafia or crime novel. There are nuances and even characters you didn't think you like or feel any affinity for are written i
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it
This was better than most of the books that i've been reading lately. That's not high praise, though. This is a book about a nice college kid, living in Chicago in the early 70's, who gets arrested in a drug crackdown for simply leading the feds to the door of a drug dealer. While he's in prison, he's brutally attacked and raped by two hard core inmates. What they didn't know was, the kid's best friend is the son of chicago's mafia don. Bad things happen to the attackers when they are eventually ...more
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, kindle-fire
The only bad thing I can say about this book is the ending. Not how it ended but the fact that it did. I wanted it to keep going and keep revealing more of the lives of Mike and Klinger. This was a great story and if you are into reading about the mafia you will really like this book. It was so well written and such a great story that whenever I was reading this, chunks of time would go by before I realized that I was tired and needed to go to bed. This was a great book and again, the only negat ...more
Victoria Brinius
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great mystery, and I loved that it more about "crime and punishment" then just crime. The characters were so well developed that I did not want the book to end. I also thought that it was nice to have the book take place in the 90's, before the age of the computer! There was no DNA testing, and this made for a more intellectual unfolding of the clues. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Most Interesting Read

I love reading books which take place in cities I know. This book captures the essence of Chicago very well. It also raises very interesting questions of a philosophical nature and leaves the most interesting for the readers to answer--including the question of whodunit and whether or not doing it was a morally good thing. I hope the story continues.
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a free download through Bookbub and I really enjoyed it. An extremely well written narrative with believable, interesting characters and suspenseful action entwined in a very clever plot. A thoroughly fun ride! Thank you Mr. Manos - I will definitely check out your other books!
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