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They Tell Me You Are Wicked

((Duncan Cochrane #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Duncan Cochrane wanted to be governor... until the murder of his daughter six weeks before election day.
Shots Magazine says: "...a compelling picture of the Windy City when it was still in thrall to the mob and its own unique political machine."
When Duncan Cochrane's daughter is murdered, the candidate for governor can only focus on finding her killer.

As the police i
Published August 22nd 2015 by Evolved Publishing LLC
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Timothy Ward
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A governor's race and murder mystery in 1978 isn't the norm for my genre reading coziness, but this one became quite cozy as I rushed through to the end to find the killer. Strong use of the time period in setting and character was enhanced as we felt the main character's pressures from society and family in his attempt to balance winning an election while solving the mystery of a lost loved one. I was glad to see in the end that this will be a series because I'm excited to experience another st ...more
Ferne Miller
Bored with this book. It sounded like it was going to be a suspenseful store, but I'm halfway through and couldn't care less about any of the characters. ...more
Sarah June
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a gripping story that pulled me right in the very first page, and kept me guessing and on my toes to the very end. It is a fast-paced, engrossing political thriller and mystery featuring Duncan Cochran, a candidate for the governor of Illinois, a pleasingly complex character with a good moral compass but challenged with flaws and various short-comings. As if running for the top Illinois seat is not enough, Duncan and his family face grief and devastation when they find their daughter mur ...more
Nico Barbee
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
They tell me you are wicked by David Hagerty is an interesting read for me because I generally don't do the political crim stuff. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed this story very much. The writing style was something I had to get used to but I did enjoy it.

The characters were very well developed. There was drama within the story but not so much that it took away from the main story line. Well done Hagerty! Well done. This is one that I would definitely recommend to others that
Clary Tepper
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read! It grabbed hold of me on the first page and didn't let go until the very end. Well-written, suspenseful and made me think (about the choices we make as parents, among other things) long after the book was over. Looking forward to the next book. ...more
Holly Nasello
It's 1976, and the race for Governor of Illinois is getting heated. Duncan Cochrane never thought his family would be a target with crime running rampant in Chicago.

During Duncan's campaign for Governor, his daughter is brutally murdered, and the police have leads... The labor union is one of Duncan's most prominent financial supporters, but their ties to organized crime have the police suspecting them of nefarious deeds. The other suspects questioned by police have a long history of repeat pri
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May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
The first book in the Duncan Cochrane series left me with indifference as to whether or not to continue. It's the story of a working class man attempting to enter the world of politics only for tragedy to strike his family. Although well written, I struggled to be entertained by the political story line and was disappointed with the story of the murder. It was obvious early in the story as to whom the killer was and disgraceful that the outcome was what one would expect in todays' politics - nam ...more
Jan 05, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a thriller with twists and turns that I don't see coming - and this kinda delivered. The setting of the late 70s wasn't really clear for me, as the story could arguably have been set in any time period. The story centred on Duncan Cochrane, as the title series suggests and I bought into him quite quickly. Some of the other characters were given less to buy into, but supported the story telling.

It's a page turner, as I was keen to know what happened, or rather who made it happen...

I found
Agnes Muscoreil
Duncan Cochrane is running for Governor of Illinois. . . then his daughter gets murdered six weeks before the election. Now he is more intent on catching her murderer than he is on chasing his political dream. But he soon discovers that his best chance of finding the murderer may be from his campaign podium - fighting crime becomes his prime focus, and is winning him lots of voters in this corrupt state. But sometimes you are better off not knowing, as he will soon learn. A fascinating look at C ...more
Eilean Rawson
I received this book through Voracious Readers. Duncan appeared to be a good person at the beginning of this book. The murder of his daughter was a terrible blow but did not prevent him contuing with his political ambitions. By the end of the book he had become a politician. His daughter's death was less important gthan keeping family secrets in case his followers found out. He is not yet actually corrupt but I gather there are other books coming and if it follows the pattern of this, he will be ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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*I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers Only*

I was unsure about this book at first as it isn't something I would typically read.
However, I am pleasantly surprised, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

It is well-written and suspenseful without being outrageously over-the-top as some other suspense novels are.

I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
I received this as a free read from Voracious Readers Only. It was a good choice!

The story line reminded me of a real life story that happened in this timeline, but not to the same office in this state.

It definitely brought all the characters to life - what happens in the background to very public matters! They were personable. You wanted to know what they were thinking, what choices they would make.

I recommend this book, especially if you enjoy the old Chicago politics.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
very different from my usual reads!
the book provided an interesting insight into the corruptness of american politics from the perspective of someone who ordinarily would not be extremely affected by the decisions or lack thereof from politicians. however, with the murder of his daughter, he (albeit for personal reasons) obtains an urgency to win the election so as to receive justice for his daughter.

the murder mystery portion was gripping and had me enthralled right until the very end.
Stephanie Outlaw
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
The overall book had a good story that pointed out how people may come about their political views. It wasn't my style of book. I am not a fan of political novels but I am glad that I gave it a chance as a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers Only. I struggled to read it despite the very entertaining and exciting ending. I believe that if you like political stories this would be right up your alley. ...more
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*book provided by voracious readers in return for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this suspense filled mystery. I found the mix of the governor's candidacy, family complexity and perspectives of crime and poverty a really compelling background to this sad story. The story is well told, with some interesting pauses, reflections and the reader has plenty of potential suspects until at least half way through the book.

I'd recommend it as a good, swift read.
Pina Mangion
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story. I received my complimentary copy from Voracious Readers Only. After reading the first chapter, I had idea what the book was about, but as you continue reading, you realise exactly what the relationship the first chapter has to the rest of the book. A great twist to the story. Enjoyed it immensely.

Paulette Gaudet
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery that takes place during a race for State Governor set in 1978. As a child of the 70's I enjoyed the references to clothing, bands, and songs. This story will have you guessing until the very end... when it becomes a "what would I do ?".
I can hardly wait to read the next book to see what life has in store for Duncan and his family.!!
Mrs E
Aug 30, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through Voracious Readers. Sadly although the book was well written I found the heavy bias on the politics a little monotonous. The way Duncan approached his quest to find the truth was unrealistic in my opinion and as a Brit, American politics can be a tricky genre. Sadly I found the family storyline too weak to create a balance.

Mar 20, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Voracious Readers Only

This was an interesting political thriller set in the 70s. I love the musical references of the time. I did pick the killer early on, but I was second guessing myself along the way. The story ended a bit abruptly for my liking.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a good murder mystery! This book pulls you in right from the start, I couldn’t put this book down , I had to find out who the killer was! Great book and a must read for any mystery lover! I received a review copy from voracious readers
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Written by a colleague, the first of this mystery series is a fun read. The narration brings the reader into Chicago politics, specifically the back story of a Chicago politician. There are twists and turns that keep the pages turning, and a true surprise at the end.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary review ebook from the author via voracious readers only.

A must read book, I was hooked from page one and couldn't put it down The characters are strong and believable, I felt as though I was in the story with them. I can't wait to read other books in the series.
Anna Collier
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author through Voracious Readers in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a twist in their plot line.
Catherine Pageault
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful thriller. The plot has many twist and turns and is incredibly hard to put down once you start reading. Follow Duncan running for governor while also been confronted with family drama and secrets.
Shirley Porteous
I have just finished this book and have to say I really did enjoy it. I felt we got to know all the characters and went through all their emotions with them throughout the book. I could not wait to read on.
karen lewis
This was a well written book, but not for me I'm afraid - whilst nominally a crime novel, the balance between crime and politics swayed too far to the latter for my tastes; and being a Brit, the Amercan politics did not resonate. ...more
RoseAnne Greig
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great writing. I sure wasn’t expecting who the killer would be!

The story moves along quite well.. A good mix of politics and murder. Looking forward to the next 3 books in the They Tell Me You are....series.
Ivon Chappell
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A gripping story, placed in a particularly fragile period in American history and wonderfully written. Sadly, I picked the culprit just from the beginning , so no surprises there.
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