Two years after the murder of Governor Duncan Cochrane's daughter, new threats emerge: a sniper in Chicago's most notorious housing project, and a blackmailer who plans to reveal his ruinous family secret. Fearful of exposure and desperate to save other people's children from the same fate as his own, he moves into the tenements and begins parallel manhunts for both enemies.
Two years have passed since the murder of Duncan Cochrane’s daughter. As governor, he now holds the power to punish all criminals, yet he cannot prosecute her killer without destroying his political career.
Then two new threats emerge: a sniper begins targeting people in Chicago’s most notorious housing project, Cabrini Green; and a blackmailer plans to reveal his ruinous family secret.
To protect his own family and those he governs, he moves into the tenements and begins parallel manhunts for both enemies. Along the way, he faces menacing gangs, a mysterious layman, indifferent police, and self-serving politicians, all of whom impede his investigations.
They Tell Me You Are Crooked is the second in a trio of novels detailing Duncan’s rise to prominence and the personal cost of his public ambitions.
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Praise for Book 1: They Tell Me You Are Wicked:
“It works as a whodunit, but it’s Cochrane’s story and political life that’ll provide the fuel for this series.” ~ Crime Thriller Hound
“…outstanding and it is so well-written and well-plotted that it is hard to believe it is a debut novel.” ~ Theresa O’Loughlin
“This is one of those surprise-ending novels that are so tightly constructed that it’s hard to write synopsis without giving away an important detail. Hagerty makes a contemporary political point, but gently enough that you can just enjoy the story if you are not interested in the politics. If you are interested in modern American politics, he may help you understand how people come to take sides on a current issue.” ~ Scott D. Saifer
“Though this story is set in the late 1970’s, the moral and political questions that emerge from its telling are very contemporary, if not timeless. This book is the ultimate good read from the opening “joy ride” to the mind-bending conclusion. The main character, Duncan Cochrane, candidate for governor of Illinois, is the most interesting and complex of the David Hagerty’s imaginary crew. It seems Cochrane’s quest for power leads him through every moral dilemma one could encounter. Underlying the intrigue is the author’s adroitness for describing each of the 1970’s Chicago scenes in visceral detail. I refer to this in visual terms, or perhaps cinematically, in the way he paints carefully with his word-brush. More importantly, this ability to capture the essence of place translates into emotional impact throughout, adding layers of complexity to the story.” – Robert D. Knable
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Print Book Info
Perfect Bound / Softcover:
6.14 x 9.21 x 0.5053 (0.757 Lbs)
240 Pages (32/Carton)
List Price: $14.95