The Fifth Floor

The Fifth Floor Private detective Michael Kelly returns in a lightning paced intricately woven mystery When Kelly is hired by an old girlfriend to tail her abusive husband he expects trouble of a domestic rather th

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  • Title: The Fifth Floor
  • Author: MichaelHarvey
  • ISBN: 9780307386298
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • Private detective Michael Kelly returns in a lightning paced, intricately woven mystery 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 to a dead body in an abandoned house on Chicago s North Side and then to places Kelly would rather noPrivate detective Michael Kelly returns in a lightning paced, intricately woven mystery 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 to a dead body in an abandoned house on Chicago s North Side and then to places Kelly would 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 Along the way, he finds himself framed for murder, before finally facing a killer bent on rewriting history.

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    1. Ho hum, just what I was worried about, this one didn't even compare to the first book in the series. Here's why:- There was something really off about the rhythm of the story.- It was more political thriller than gritty noir detective story.- This one was much more showier than the first one and focused more on action, romance and heroism, which I just don't care for that much.- Something was wrong with Michael Kelly he grew a conscience this book and was way too nice, what the heck?However, the [...]

    2. THE FIFTH FLOOR. (2008). Michael Harvey. ***. Reading this novel catches me up with Mr. Harvey’s works. This was his second novel featuring his P.I. Michael Kelly, a Chicago-based ex-cop. This time, Harvey has come up with an historical mystery that Kelly gets involved in, much to his peril. It seems that there is now doubt that the great Chicago fire of 1871 was not caused by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lantern, but was deliberately set by two men who planned to destroy the existing [...]

    3. This is the second novel featuring the wise-cracking Private Investigator Michael Kelly who returns in full force. The heart of the story is based around the mayor's office on the fifth floor of Chicago City Hall.It starts when Michael is contacted by Janet, an ex-girlfriend and is asked to use his P.I. expertise to protect her from her abusive husband, Johnny Woods who happens to be one of the mayor's fixers. While on his trail he discovers a link to a recent murder. During his research he stum [...]

    4. The Fifth Floor is the second of Michael Harvey’s novels to feature private investigator Michael Kelly. After enjoying The Chicago Way, the first Michael Kelly novel, so much, I was in a hurry to pick up The Fifth Floor. I was highly disappointed.This story is nowhere near as gritty as its predecessor. Not even close. Instead, Harvey tried to do something different this time around. In my opinion, he tried to do too much. Whereas the grittiness and rawness of The Chicago Way created emotional [...]

    5. This is a tightly-written, well-paced hardboiled mystery set in Chicago. Michael Harvey's protagonist Michael Kelly, tough guy and private eye, deals with a wife-beater, confronts a powerful mayor and his ruthless fixers, and investigates why the mayor might be concerned about his ancestor's role in the Chicago Fire of 1871.As in a lot of good mysteries, the setting is intrinsic to the tone of the story, just as Edinburgh infuses Ian Rankin's Rebus mysteries or Los Angeles shapes the created wor [...]

    6. Michael Kelly, the private eye returns in this light breezy mystery set in Chicago. Kelly is approached by an old flame who is taking a regular beating from her husband. She doesnt want Kelly involved but Kelly follows her husband around and stumbles upon a mureder at a historic house. The only item missing is a copy of a rare book about the history of the Chicago Fire. It seems that two groups are after a copy of the book which supposedly has a secret letter that shows how the current Mayor's r [...]

    7. Ugh. I just wrote my review and then my computer crashed here goes again. I'd give it 4.5 stars. This is a very well written mystery. It's set in Chicago, and the author describes the city and the characters in a fresh and creative way, avoiding the cliches you often get with hard-boiled fiction- which I find so tiresome. This one rings true - I especially liked the way he describes the inner political workings of the Mayor's office - everything has a price, and we follow along as the detective [...]

    8. This is the second book in the series with Chicago private-eye Michael Kelley. Again, I love the attention paid to the Chicago locales. I also loved that the mystery in the book has an angle related to Chicago history, specifically the Great Fire of 1871. But the unfolding of the mystery itself was kind of lame. Harvey has his P.I. narrator refer obliquely to some things he's thinking about and asking people to do in order to keep things "mysterious" to the reader up until the big revelations. T [...]

    9. Rereading the second (of five) Michael Kelly p. i. novels I bumped it from four stars to five. It involves murders rooted in earlier murders, the Chicago Fire. (Kelly's discoveries about the fire, seen a based in insurance and real estate fraud, is historically well grounded, as a trip to the Chicago Historical Society will show.) The five Michael Kelly books (so far) are aces, both for their strong eviction of Chicago and for the sheer quality of Harvey's writing and plotting.

    10. I really like Michael Harvey's style: noirish and old-fashioned and set in Chicago. Nothing too gruesome, and certainly no detailed forensic discussions--just trench-coated, slouch-hatted, cigar-wielding (one imagines) shoe-leather mysteries. The only possible criticism I can conceive may just be it's best side as well. It doesn't feel exactly urgent.

    11. This author evidently lives in my neighborhood in Chicago, and eats and drinks in familiar joints, which makes the shenanigans of his detective only that much more enjoyable. I especially liked this one because the villain turned out to be a curator at the Chicago History Museum!

    12. Gets docked a star for the utter creepiness of the heroic protagonist having the same name as the author. Yuck. Docked one star for the paper thin and convoluted plot. And docked one more star for the sense of phony toughness throughout from this academic egghead. Started off good though

    13. An OK murder/political mystery set in modern Chicago with ties to the 1871 Chicago fire. Bogs down in the middle, but picks up speed toward the end. A pleasant three day read.

    14. another fantastic Chicago crime novel from Michael Harvey took me a while to find this one, but it is just as good as the other books in the series Kelly is a superb protagonist/antagonist, and the writing is crisp, concise, and brutal at times much like the violence and passion that comes from nowhere and then recedes nearly as easily Harvey has a style all his own, and it grabs you right off, and then his ability to craft a tale is superb read this guy

    15. For someone that is a very good writer, the crime committed was a stretch. I know I'm sensitive because I work at an urban historical society and I've been to the Chicago History Museum, but Harvey flat out fails during that portion of the book. Not realistic, cliched, and very unlikely jump to associations with the Aryan Brotherhood. Also a major museum would not elevate a volunteer to director with a click of their fingers.

    16. A nice bit of contemporary Chicago noir. I particularly enjoyed the Chicago setting and the depiction of City Hall politics. This was my first novel by Michael Harvey. I'll probably back up and read "The Chicago Way".

    17. Atmospheric crime mystery set in contemporary Chicago involving a murder, a wife beater, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and the Mayor's Office (which is on City Hall's fifth floor). P.I. Michael Kelly, the main character, is a man obsessed with solving the murder and taking out his former lover's abusive husband, and is especially intrigued when both things lead him to City Hall. Harvey's book is a dark thriller, almost has a 1940s feel to it, with good details of Chicago, with its history and [...]

    18. Good second book in a series. Has echoes of the noir mystery style of Raymond Chandler while still maintaining a unique voice. On to the next one!

    19. First of four Michael Harvey books recently purchased from Powell's. This guy writes a lot like Denny Lehane. Good book. Fast read.

    20. PI Michael Kelly is hired by Janet Woods to help her get out of her abusive marriage. John Woods works for the mayor & is his take care guy. While following Woods, Kelly discovers a murder. The murder seems connected to the historic fire in Chicago of 1871. Lots of layers to uncover for Kelly but of course the talented PI can sort it all out.

    21. This is a delightful series of books for someone like me to read because of its setting in the Chicago area. The first volume, The Chicago Way, was a fascinating study of crooked cops (and district attorneys), good cops, and warped personalities (both the serial killer reaching his tentacles out from death row and the sick individual wreaking revenge in a skewed way). The Fifth Floor is a study in corrupt politicians and those with integrity. I resented the fact that the powerful Daleyesque mayo [...]

    22. No question about it Michael Harvey writes with edgy, wry style. THE FIFTH FLOOR is a well-paced story, delivered in clipped, yet highly evocative, prose. And the protagonist, private eye Michael Kelly, has a troubled past (something about a dead woman and getting kicked off the Chicago police force that Harvey may have covered in his first book, THE CHICAGO WAY) and makes all the pithy wisecracks we've come to expect from a guy of his ilk--coming on all tough on the outside, while retaining his [...]

    23. Eh.I picked up this book because I grew up 90 minute outside Chicago and have come to love it as an adult. I put down the book for several reasons, not the least of which was because most of the Chicago references were very obscure. I didn’t feel that nostalgia and connection to the city that I was hoping for. Perhaps someone who’s lived and breathed Chicago feels differently.The Fifth Floor starts with PI Michael Kelly investigating his ex-lover’s abusive husband. He stumbles onto a murde [...]

    24. Another quick little "sorbet" after finishing The Political Mind. If you've read any Max Alan Collins you'd like this guy - that's what it reminded me of: contemporary crime with a tinge of historical reference. Chicago is also a central character. At times I wondered if I had read this before but - frankly - when you read so much of a genre sometimes they sound a bit familiar. I didn't hold that against Michael Harvey. It was entertaining - predictable (mostly) - and light. Should I come across [...]

    25. The Fifth Floor by Michael Harvey is a bit like an old fashioned detective story written by Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler. The sentences are short and crisp; the verbiage is simple and straightforward; The hero is somewhat noir in character and irresistible to women. Harvey's stories take place in Chicago which, for me, is a plus since I lived there prior to retirement. Chicago also has the gritty texture and machine-like power structure that fits Harvey's style perfectly.The book is writ [...]

    26. There is an old saying that you can’t fight city hall but Michael Kelly ignores the saying and takes his investigation right to the fifth floor where the Mayor’s office is located. Michael Kelly is an ex-police officer now working as a private investigator.Janet Woods is an old friend and when she comes to Michael for help for herself and her daughter, Taylor, Michael doesn’t hesitate. Her husband is abusive and she fears for her safety and the safety of her daughter. Janet is married to J [...]

    27. Okay, so let me start by saying I love a good noir mystery in the vein of Hammett and Chandler. These kinds of novels are my drug of choice. So, with that in mind, you should not be surprised to hear that I consumed this book within two and a half days. I was almost physically unable to put them down.That being said, this novel felt to me like a pale imitation of those earlier masters. Yes, I liked seeing the Chicago locales and its history used to good effect here. Yes, the narrator was suffici [...]

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