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Michael Harvey

Born: Boston, Massachusetts
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Brighton /
ISBN: 006244297X OCLC: 922910403

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.

Pulse :
ISBN: 0062443038 OCLC: 1012616296

"Boston, 1976. Daniel Fitzsimmons is just sixteen years old and totally on his own--his parents are long dead, and his beloved brother, Harry, is off at Harvard, the star of the football team. When Harry is murdered, Daniel wrestles not only with inconsolable grief but with strange new powers he never knew he possessed. Powers he's not sure he can control. Detectives William Barkley 'Bark' Jones and Tommy Dillon are assigned to Harry's case. The veteran partners thought they'd seen it all, but they are stunned when Daniel wanders into the crime scene. Even stranger, Daniel claims to have known the details of his brother's murder before it ever happened. The investigation leads the detectives deep into the Fitzsimmons brothers' past. They find heartbreaking loss, sordid characters, and metaphysical conspiracies. Even on the rough streets of 1970s Boston, Jones and Dillon have never had a case like this"--Jacket.

The Chicago way /
ISBN: 0307386287 OCLC: 85485077

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: 191024016

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 governor's wife /
ISBN: 0307958647 OCLC: 884439637

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.

The innocence game /
ISBN: 0307961257 OCLC: 781077673

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 third rail /
ISBN: 0307272508 OCLC: 429022036

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: 687652970

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.