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General Information

Name:  Michael Harvey  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: Boston, Massachusetts

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Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works

  • The Chicago Way , Vintage, 2007
  • The Fifth Floor, Knopf, 2008
  • The Third Rail, Knopf, 2010
  • We all Fall Down, Knopf, 2011
  • The Innocence Game, Vintage, 2013
  • The Governor's Wife, Knopf, 2015
  • Brighton, Ecco, 2016

Selected Titles At Your Library

The Chicago way /
ISBN: 0307386287. OCLC Number:

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A former Chicago cop and tough, street-smart private detective, Michael Kelly is hired by his former partner, John Gibbons, to solve an eight-year-old rape and battery case, a crime that is complicated by Gibbons's own murder.

The Fifth Floor /
ISBN: 0307266877. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2008.

Hired by a former lover to follow her husband, private detective Michael Kelly tracks the subject to Chicago's North Side, where he discovers a body and a possible answer to the mystery of who started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

The third rail /
ISBN: 0307272508. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2010.

In a tale set in the public transit system, former Irish police officer-turned-private investigator Michael Kelly witnesses a sniper shooting and discovers unsettling ties between the killer and his own past.

We all fall down /
ISBN: 0307272516. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2011.

Chicago cop turned private investigators, Michael Kelly is on a hunt for the people who poisoned his city by unleashing a pathogen in a subway tunnel.

The innocence game /
ISBN: 0307961257. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2013.

After one of them receives a bloodstained scrap of shirt from a boy murdered 14 years ago and an anonymous note taking credit for the crime, three journalism graduate students attempt to discover why innocent men are being framed for murder--and who's been doing the killing.

The governor's wife /
ISBN: 0307958647. OCLC Number:

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Receiving a lucrative anonymous offer to track down an escaped criminal, private investigator Michael Kelly unwinds the past of the fugitive's wife, who harbors deeply complicated and dangerous reasons for standing by her husband.

Brighton /
ISBN: 006244297X. OCLC Number:

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Nearly three decades after his best friend takes the fall for a heinous act of violence they both committed, Kevin Pearce, now a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, reports on a string of murders in which his friend has been declared a prime suspect.


Body of Work

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