News: March, 2009

Early praise for High Chicago

Mar 07, 2009

Random House sent the final manuscript of High Chicago to a number of authors for their reaction. Here are the first few:

“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 starts with the canvas of a crackling good mystery, then paints a compelling portrait of modern secular Jewish life complete with its wisdom, contradictions, and abiding humor.  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

“Jonah Geller is hardly your standard issue private eye. He works with a lesbian partner, is devoted to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam and is an expert in the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga—equal parts Rambo and Spenser, with the wisdom of a world-weary Rabbi thrown in.

“He returns for more beatings, bullets, and betrayals in High Chicago, a fast-moving and violent tale that proves your deadliest enemy is probably the person sleeping right beside you. It takes more than his devotion to his Jewish faith, or his expertise in martial arts, to survive this time. You will need a calculator to keep track of the body count and the beatings Geller sustain. I hope he returns for a third book...but considering the punishment he’s endured in the first two, I doubt he could survive it.”

--Lee Goldberg, author, TV writer-producer, blogger and Chair, Edgar Edwards

“A plot brimming with greed, deceit, violence and murder makes High Chicago a fast-paced, entertaining read.”

--Jose Latour, author of Crime of Fashion, Havana Best Friends and Havana World Series.