"Chicago PI Ray Dudgeon is mixed up in another risky investigation that could be the death of him."
Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted September 15, 2008
Suspense | Thriller Crime
When Joan Richmond is brutally murdered by a coworker, who
then goes home and kills himself, Joan's father, a retired
Army intelligence officer, wants more. Even though the
Chicago police have closed the case and it's obvious what
occurred, the dead woman's father knows there has to be
more beneath the surface of this heinous crime. To find the
answers, Richmond hires PI Ray Dudgeon, who's still on the
mend from a close call with death on his last case.
Figuring it can't be too difficult to put the grieving
Richmond's mind to rest, Ray's investigation soon finds him
embroiled with dubious military contractors and an alphabet
soup of government agencies. And the more Ray uncovers, the
harder it is to know just who to trust. The resolution of
this case is pure genius on his part, but will it lead to
what he's really after?
TRIGGER CITY, Chercover's follow-up to his acclaimed debut
novel BIG CITY, BAD BLOOD, is just as suspenseful and
exciting as the first book. Dudgeon is an intelligent,
complex and tormented protagonist with good intentions that
don't always produce the results he wants or anticipates.
The hook at the end has me eagerly anticipating the next
book in this thrilling series.
Fact: A lonely woman was murdered by her disturbed
Fact: The police have investigated.
Fact: The case is closed.
But facts are not
truth. And the truth was supposed to stay buried with the
dead. . . .
From acclaimed author Sean Chercover
comes the relentlessly gripping follow-up to his award-
winning debut novel, Big City, Bad Blood
Still suffering the
physical and emotional consequences of going up against
the Chicago Outfit, PI Ray Dudgeon needs an easy gig. A
routine investigation of an open-and-shut case sounds
perfect. The job is a loser, but the pay is good, and
maybe Ray will bring some peace to a grieving father who
yearns to learn the truth about the daughter he never
But what begins as routine soon
spirals out of control. The victim was not simply a quiet,
shy, unassuming single woman whose luck ran out. She lived
a double life, working in the shadowy realm of covert
intelligence. In a world built on secrets and lies, she
fought bravely for truthâ€”and gave her life in the
Suddenly, Ray finds himself caught in a war
between private contractors and the darkest sectors of our
own governmentâ€”a war that stretches from the closed-door
hearings of Congress to the frontlines of Iraq.
Ensnared in a conspiracy of darkness that weaves its
way through the very fabric of the nation, Ray must
discover who's really pulling the strings before he
becomes collateral damage in America's war on terror.No
peril Ray Dudgeon has faced in the past could've prepared
him for this. The stakes couldn't be any higher, and no
enemy could be more powerful. Ray is in way over his head.
And his greatest enemy may be himself.
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