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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Harvey  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: Boston, Massachusetts

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Harvey lives in Chicago and most of his books are based there as well. He attended Northwestern Illinois University and owns the bar

The Hidden Shamrock

in Chicago, which regularly hosts literary events and readings.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Harvey is a writer, journalist and documentary producer. He is the co-creator, writer, and executive producer of the television series Cold Case Files, as well as an Academy Award-nominee for his documentary Eyewitness, and is a former investigative producer for CBS in Chicago. His work has won numerous national and international awards, including multiple news Emmys, two Primetime Emmy nominations, and an Academy Award nomination. He earned a law degree at Duke, a masters in journalism from Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois and a bachelor's degree in classical languages from Holy Cross College in Massachesetts. Harvey was born and raised in Boston and graduated from Boston Latin School.


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Titles At Your Library

The Chicago Way (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
ISBN: 0307386287

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 2008

Private detective Michael Kelly is hired by his former partner to solve an eight-year old rape and battery case long gone cold. But when the partner turns up dead, Kelly enlists a team of his savviest colleagues to connect the dots between the recent murder and the cold case it revived: a television reporter whose relationship with Kelly is not strictly professional

his best friend from childhood, a forensic DNA expert

and an old ally from the DA's office. To close the case, Kelly will have to face the mob, a serial killer, his own double-crossing friends, and the mean streets of the city he loves.

The Fifth Floor
ISBN: 0307266877

Knopf. 2008

Michael Harvey’s sizzling follow-up to The Chicago Way (“A wonderful first novel . . . Harvey has studied the masters and put his own unique touch on the crime novel . . . Heralds the arrival of a major new voice” —Michael Connelly) opens with a murder in contemporary Chicago and winds its way back to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Private investigator Michael Kelly, the Windy City’s answer to Philip Marlowe, is back in another page-turner that revives a tantalizing mystery buried in Chicago’s past. When Kelly is hired by an old girlfriend to tail her abusive husband, he expects trouble of a domestic rather than a historical nature. Life, however, is not so simple. The trail leads Kelly to an old house on Chicago’s North Side. Inside it, he finds a body, and perhaps the answer to one of Chicago’s most enduring mysteries: who started the Great Chicago Fire and why. The ensuing investigation takes Kelly to places he’d rather not go: specifically, City Hall’s fabled fifth floor, where the mayor is feeling the heat. Kelly becomes embroiled in a scam that stretches from current politics back to the night Chicago burned to the ground, and along the way, he finds himself framed for murder, before finally facing a killer bent on rewriting history.

The Fifth Floor
is fast-stepping, intricately woven suspense, rich with the lore and atmosphere of a great city. A marvelous successor to Harvey’s critically acclaimed debut.

The Third Rail
ISBN: 0307272508

Knopf. 2010

A woman is shot as she waits for her train to work. An hour later, a second woman is gunned down as she rides an elevated train through the Loop. Two hours after that, a church becomes the target of a chemical weapons attack. The city of Chicago is under siege, and Michael Kelly, cynical cop turned private investigator, just happens to be on the scene when all hell breaks loose.

Kelly is initially drawn into the case by the killers themselves, then tasked by Chicago’s mayor and the FBI to hunt down the bad guys and, all things being equal, put a bullet in them. Kelly, of course, has other ideas. As he gets closer to the truth, his instincts lead him to a retired cop, a shady train company, and an unnerving link to his own past. Meanwhile, Kelly’s girlfriend, Rachel Swenson, becomes a pawn in a much larger game, while a weapon that could kill millions ticks away quietly in the very belly of the city.

The Third Rail
is stylish, sophisticated, edge-of-your-seat suspense from a new modern master.

We All Fall Down
ISBN: 0307272516

Knopf. 2011

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 into rolling hearses. Finally, the government acts, sealing off entire sections of the city—but are they keeping people out or in? Meanwhile, Michael Kelly’s hunt for the people who poisoned his city takes him into the tangled underworld of Chicago’s West Side gangs and the even more frightening world of black biology—an elite discipline emerging from the nation’s premier labs, where scientists play God and will stop at nothing to preserve their secrecy.

It’s a brave new world . . . and the most audacious page-turner yet from an emerging modern master.

The Innocence Game
ISBN: 0307961257

Knopf. 2013

From Michael Harvey, Chicago’s best-known crime writer and author of the popular Michael Kelly series, comes something different: a leap forward into a dark world where the lines between innocence and guilt disappear altogether.

They’re young, brilliant, beautiful . . . and naïve enough to believe they can make a difference. For three graduate students, the exclusive innocence seminar at the nation’s most esteemed journalism school is supposed to teach them how to free the falsely accused from prison. Little do they know the most important lesson they’ll learn is how to stay alive.

The first day of class for Ian Joyce and Sarah Gold starts like any other, until a fellow student, Jake Havens, pulls a wrinkled envelope from his backpack. Inside is a bloodstained scrap of shirt from a boy murdered fourteen years ago and an anonymous note taking credit for the killing. The only problem is the alleged murderer is already dead.

Suddenly, the class has a new assignment: find the real killer. As the case unfolds, the bodies and questions begin to pile up.



Why are innocent men being framed?

Who’s been getting away with murder?

Drawn into a web of deceit and corruption, the students realize they, too, are being hunted. Ian, Sarah, and Jake are smart . . . but are they smart enough to stay alive?

From Northwestern’s idyllic campus, to the grittiest corners of Chicago, to the frigid depths of Lake Michigan, The Innocence Game is irresistible, harrowing suspense from a writer at the top of his form.


The Governor's Wife: A novel
ISBN: 0307958647

Knopf. 2015

In the latest installment in Michael Harvey's beloved Michael Kelly series, Chicago's favorite Ovid-reading, gun-toting private investigator takes on Illinois' first family in a blistering thriller that charts the border where ambition ends and evil begins. It's been two years since disgraced Illinois governor Ray Perry disappeared from a federal courthouse in Chicago moments after being sentenced to thirty-eight years in prison on corruption charges. P.I. Michael Kelly is sitting in his office when he gets an anonymous email offering to pay him nearly a quarter million dollars if he will find Perry, no questions asked. Kelly's investigation begins with the woman Ray Perry left behind--his wife, Marie. Ostracized by her former friends and hounded by the feds, Marie tells Kelly she has no idea where her husband is. Like everyone else, Kelly doesn't believe her. As he hunts for her husband, Kelly begins to unwind Marie Perry's past. What he finds is a woman who turns out to be even more intriguing than her husband, with her own deeply complicated reasons for standing by him. Everyone in Chicago has secrets, including the governor's wife. Some of them she shared with her husband. Some of them she kept to herself. And some of them could get Michael Kelly killed. The Governor's Wife is a gimlet-eyed look at the intersection of the political and the personal, at the perils of trusting even those closest to us and the collateral damage of our highest aspirations. Stylish, knock-out suspense from a modern master.

Brighton: A Novel
ISBN: 006244297X

Ecco. 2016

From Nebula and Hugo Award-nominated Carolyn Ives Gilman comes Dark Orbit a compelling novel featuring alien contact mystery and murder Reports of a strange new habitable planet have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilization When a team ofscientists is assembled to investigate this world exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate Thora was once a member of the interplanetary elite but since her prophetic delusions helped mobilize a revolt on Orem shes been banished to the farthest reaches of space because of the risk that her very presence could revive unrest Upon arrival the team finds an extraordinary crystalline planet laden with dark matter Then a crew member is murdered and Thora mysteriously disappears Thought to be uninhabited the planet is in fact home to a blind sentient species whose members navigate their world with a bizarre vocabulary and extrasensory perceptions Lost in the deep crevasses of the planet among these people Thora must battle her demons and learn to comprehend the native inhabitants in order to find her crewmates and warn them of an impending danger But her most difficult task may lie in persuading the crew that some powers lie beyond the boundaries of science -


Awards

-- Body of Work:

Chicago Tribune 2011 Person of the Year – LiteratureThe Chicago Way

Publisher's Weekly Starred ReviewThe Fifth Floor

Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

Kirkus Starred ReviewThe Third Rail

Publisher's Weekly Starred ReviewWe All Fall Down

Publisher's Weekly Starred ReviewThe Governor's Wife

Kirkus Starred Review

Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

Library Journal Starred Review