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It is 1905 and Chicago is an open town. The most open part of town is the Levee District. It is an area of the city that's hard to tell the crooks from the cops. There are brothels, madams, opium dens, gambling joints and plenty of alcohol, but it all comes at a price in the Levee, and the two Ward Aldermen get their share of every vice's dollar. With the hanging of serialIt is 1905 and Chicago is an open town. The most open part of town is the Levee District. It is an area of the city that's hard to tell the crooks from the cops. There are brothels, madams, opium dens, gambling joints and plenty of alcohol, but it all comes at a price in the Levee, and the two Ward Aldermen get their share of every vice's dollar. With the hanging of serial killer, Simon Kluge, police Detective Patrick Moses is suddenly without a case. Before Moses can relax he is approached by an aging retail mogul who asks him to investigate the mysterious shooting death of his son. Moses accepts the offer and at the same time is asked by the department to search for the niece of the Italian Ambassador who has gone missing in the Levee and is suspected of becoming a victim of Chicago's "white slave" traffic, forced into a life of enslaved prostitution. As Moses gets deeper into both cases, he realizes that in the Levee there are a lot people who don't want the two cases solved, including the police and the Ward Aldermen. Soon a number of sources and witnesses end up murdered. Someone wants Moses and his partner, Gunter Krause, dead. On top of that, trinkets from the Simon Kluge murders begin to appear on Moses' doorstep, leading him to believe they may have executed the wrong person....

Title : Crimes of the Levee
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ISBN : 19298271
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Number of Pages : 228 Pages
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  • A Reader's Heaven
    2019-03-17 01:26

    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)It is 1905 and Chicago is an open town. The most open part of town is the Levee District. It is an area of the city that’s hard to tell the crooks from the cops. There are brothels, madams, opium dens, gambling joints and plenty of alcohol, but it all comes at a price in the Levee, and the two Ward Aldermen get their share of every vice’s dollar.With the hanging of serial killer, Simon Kluge, police Detective Patrick Moses is suddenly without a case. Before Moses can relax he is approached by an aging retail mogul, Marshall Field, who asks him to investigate the mysterious shooting death of his son. Moses accepts the offer and at the same time is asked by the department to search for the niece of the Italian Ambassador who has gone missing in the Levee and is suspected of becoming a victim of Chicago’s “white slave” traffic, forced into a life of enslaved prostitution.As Moses gets deeper into both cases, he realizes that in the Levee there are a lot people who don’t want the two cases solved, including the police and the Ward Aldermen. Soon a number of sources and witnesses end up murdered. Someone wants Moses and his partner, Gunter Krause, dead. On top of that, trinkets from the Simon Kluge murders begin to appear on Moses’ doorstep, leading him to believe they may have executed the wrong person.There is quite a lot to like about this novel: the gritty, first person narrative drives the reader back into their seats and is compelled to read more about Patrick Moses and his partner, Krause. Written with a certain noir-styling, this book ticks a lot of boxes for me in style and plot. The historical aspect feels genuine - some novels feel that history is forced into the story but this was a well researched and written thriller from that respect.I felt a little let down by the editing. There were times when I had to go back and re-read a sentence because the wrong word was inserted ("vial" instead of "vile" for example) and at times this jarred me out of the flow of the story. Some of the punctuation left a lot to be desired but with a decent editor, this book would certainly increase in rating for me. If you like historical thrillers, police procedurals and the combination of gambling, drugs and brothels, then this is the book for you. PaulARH

  • Maria Beltrami
    2019-02-28 02:28

    Un noir molto americano, ambientato in una Chicago patria del vizio e della malavita, con un detective che ha alle spalle una vita amara e un padre inconfessabile e che lavora in un distretto di polizia dove non fanno altro che cercare di impedirgli di raggiungere la verità. Così, anche se i suoi casi sono sempre sul punto di finire in niente, lui prosegue imperterrito, incurante della violenza che gli si scatena intorno, fino a scoprire il vero colpevole, anche se quel colpevole parrebbe essere proprio suo padre.Il libro è bello e avvincente, le tre stelline sono dovute solo al fatto che avrebbe necessitato di un più accurato lavoro di editing sulla trama, che a volte si sfilaccia un po'.A very American noir, set in a Chicago home of vice and crime, with a detective who has a bitter life and and a shameful father, who works at a police station where they just try to stop him from reaching the truth. So, even though his cases are always on the verge of ending up in nothing, he continues undaunted, regardless of the violence that broke out around him, to find the real culprit, even if that the offender would seem to be just his father.The book is beautiful and compelling, the three starlets are only due to the fact that would have required a more careful editing work on the plot, which sometimes frays a bit'.

  • Steve
    2019-03-18 01:23

    I received an e-copy of this book (PDF) from Netgalley in return for an honest review.This was an interesting book, very compelling storyline, and very noir-like in its presentation of a police procedural sent in Chicago in the early 1900s. The author captured the time period very well, describing the area and scenes in such a way as to almost transport the reader back to a completely different Chigago than the one we know today. It's still full of crime and corruption, of course, which ties in closely with the story. The book ended somewhat abruptly with a few loose ends, and I expect a sequel at some point. The characters lend themselves to several books, I think.There are some issues with editing, specifically word choice that make you wonder about the editor: "vial" when "vile" should be used, "your" versus "you're" (how is that even missed?!). Also, the writer LOVES commas, and they appear in the strangest places, which makes me wonder if he was trying to WRITE in the style of 1900-Chicago. Oh, and there were many instances of sentences that ended in a question mark that shouldn't have, and vice verse. I chalk all of this up to the editing, or lack thereof.Overall, this was an entertaining read and I look forward to more from this author.

  • Sara G
    2019-03-06 05:33

    Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was an absolutely compelling read. The writer does an amazing job of capturing the voice of the narrator Patrick Moses, a police detective in 1905 Chicago. It has a very film noir feeling to it with the first person narrative and dark, gritty scenes from turn of the century Chicago. The relationships between Moses and his partner and other characters are extremely well written.There are very few things that I didn't love about this book, but it is quite obvious that it is a first novel. For one, the editing leaves a bit to be desired. A careful proofread should have caught errors such as "manor" instead of "manner," and "vial" instead of "vile." The end of the book leaves a lot of loose ends, but that does leave a lot of space for a sequel. I'm looking forward to see what else Mr. Sturgeon writes in the future, and I'd highly recommend this one to any fans of historical mysteries or police procedurals.

  • Donna Davis
    2019-03-02 21:50

    Right down to the font, Sturgeon captures the noir feeling of a crime novel set during the post-war era in Chicago. His attention to setting is outstanding. The plot lags a bit in places, and there were several times when I wanted to get out my pen and shorten a phrase or consolidate a sentence. Didn't get a strong sense of the protagonist, though the peripheral characters were very well painted.I get the impression this is Sturgeon's first novel. If so, he is off to a good start. An interesting story that could be made even better with some tightening of prose.Thanks go to Net Galley for the free read.

  • Marjorie
    2019-03-14 23:52

    Given To Me For An Honest ReviewCrimes of the Levee by John Sturgeon is a great historical fiction. It is about crime set during the post-war era in Chicago. You'll read about the corruption of politics and police, legal brothels, white slavery and powerful forces of evil. Once you begin reading this book it will be hard to put down. I gave this book 5 stars but it deserves more. I highly recommend it to everyone, especially to those who enjoy reading suspense, crime, historical and great fiction. I look for more from John Sturgeon.

  • Julie
    2019-02-25 02:39

    Really enjoyed this book. The chafe tears we're believable and the stoke had me interested from the very first word on the first page untill the last word on the finial page really looking forward to reading more from this author.

  • Katie Philpott
    2019-03-21 21:22

    I loved the book. John is a neighbor and I had no idea he was a writer. I really enjoyed the characters and as a fan of historical fiction and Chicago it was a really fun read!

  • John Sturgeon
    2019-03-14 03:39