Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Maxwell Street Blues (Jules Landau Mystery)

Maxwell Street BluesOn Sale: August 05, 2014
Pages: 240 | ISBN: 978-0-8041-7720-7
Published by : Alibi

Chicago runs in Jules Landau’s veins. So does the blood of crooks. Now Jules is going legit as a private eye, stalking bail jumpers and cheating spouses—until he gets his first big case. Unfortunately, the client is his ex-con father, and the job is finding the killer of a man whom Jules loved like family. Why did someone put two bullets in the head of gentle bookkeeper Charles Snook? Jules is determined to find out, even if the search takes him to perilous places he never wanted to go.

Snooky, as he was affectionately known, had a knack for turning dirty dollars clean, with clients ranging from humble shop owners to sharp-dressed mobsters. As Jules retraces Snooky’s last days, he crosses paths with a way-too-eager detective, a gorgeous and perplexing tattoo artist, a silver-haired university administrator with a kinky side, and a crusading journalist. Exposing one dirty secret after another, the PI is on a dangerous learning curve. And, at the top of that curve, a killer readies to strike again.

My Impressions:
This is the first book in the “Blues” ad Jules Landau series and it really delivers. Before I realized that this was a series I had already finished the book and was slightly peeved that there was no more,  but luckily my daughter pointed out I just have to wait for the next one. 

This book really had everything you are looking for when you go and grab a mystery title.  Corrupt governments and police men,  a excellent plot that twists and turns till the end, death, murder (several in fact), drugs, sting operations, love, drama, set in Chicago etc.  Wrote in story telling mode from the perspective of Jules, PI, this was a page turner of a book. I really enjoyed reading about all the different family relationships and how they intersected throughout this story. 

I cannot wait to read the other books in this series. 

About the Author:
Marc Krulewitch’s Jules Landau mysteries take place in Chicago, where he was born and where his family has lived for generations. He now resides in Colorado.

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Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book from Random House via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

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