Written by Howard Shrier
Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 978-0-307-35608-6 (0-307-35608-6)
Pub Date: July 14, 2009
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After his successful debut, Buffalo Jump, Howard Shrier is back with High Chicago, the next in the Jonah Geller series.
Toronto investigator Jonah Geller has opened his own agency, World Repairs, and he and his partner, Jenn Raudsepp, are immediately drawn into investigating the apparent suicide of a young girl — and the high-stakes world of construction and development on a long-neglected parcel of Toronto’s waterfront. Clues lead them to suspect that fabled real estate tycoon Simon Birk — the partner of the dead girl’s father — is killing people who get in the way of the project, but the evidence isn’t rock solid. And Jonah has to craft an audacious plan to take down one of Chicago’s most powerful men.
WINNER 2009 - Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel
Praise for High Chicago:
“Shrier . . . writes with an easy assurance and a killer sense of humour. . . . High Chicago is a great addition to the mystery shelf.” —NOW
“Howard Shrier’s first novel, Buffalo Jump, won the Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel. High Chicago, his second, will definitely be short-listed for another. It’s got the same stellar characters, the same clever plotting, and, if anything, an even better story.” —Globe and Mail
“High Chicago confirms Shrier as an author to watch for, both in Canada and abroad. It’s a mystery that peels away the urban layers of big business civility to expose the raw flesh of reality underneath.” —Hamilton Spectator
“A more than worthy sequel, with an intriguing plot, a wicked sense of humour and masterfully managed dialogue. You might even say that Shrier is making the world of crime fiction a better place, one Jonah Geller mystery at a time.” —Calgary Herald
“Combining fast-paced action with well-structured plots, and featuring a complex but likeable protagonist, Shrier’s novels are fast winning him legions of loyal fans. If you enjoy contemporary hard-boiled tales with nuanced characters, check out High Chicago; you won’t be disappointed. “ —Sherbrooke Record
“Shrier is one of the most exciting new voices in the mystery genre. This sophomore effort is sure to please.” —Village Post
“With High Chicago, Shrier cements his reputation as a fine mystery writer. I suspect and hope that he and Jonah will be around for a long time to come.” —Canadian Jewish News
“High Chicago is tighter, tauter, and speedier than its predecessor. I am looking forward to the next American city to receive a flying visit from Jonah Geller and his crew.” —Yvonne Klein, reviewingtheevidence.com
“Shrier’s first Jonah Geller mystery was terrific; High Chicago is even better.”
—Linwood Barclay, bestselling author of No Time for Goodbye and Too Close to Home
“Howard Shrier’s first novel, Buffalo Jump, won the Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel. High Chicago, his second, will definitely be short-listed for another. It’s got the same stellar characters, the same clever plotting, and, if anything, an even better story.” —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
“A plot brimming with greed, deceit, violence and murder makes High Chicago a fast-paced, entertaining read.” —José Latour, bestselling author of Crime of Fashion
“A fast-moving and violent tale that proves your deadliest enemy is probably the person sleeping right beside you. I hope Geller returns for a third book.” —Lee Goldberg, writer and producer
“A crackling good mystery . . . a compelling portrait of modern secular Jewish life complete with its wisdom, contradictions, and abiding humour. High Chicago is often funny, sometimes violent, and always thoughtful, with a powerful sense of place throughout. Toronto may have just found its Spenser in PI Jonah Geller, and I can’t wait for his next case.” —Sean Chercover, award-winning author of Trigger City and Big City, Bad Blood
About this Author
Howard Shrier was born and raised in Montreal and has worked in a wide variety of media, including magazine and radio journalism, theatre and television, sketch comedy and improv. He lives in Toronto with his wife and their two sons.
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