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After his successful debut, Buffalo Jump, Howard Shrier is back with High Chicago, the next in the Jonah Geller series.Toronto investigator Jonah Geller has opened his own agency, World Repairs, and he and his partner, Jenn Raudsepp, are immediately drawn into investigating the apparent suicide of a young girl — and the high-stakes world of construction and development onAfter his successful debut, Buffalo Jump, Howard Shrier is back with High Chicago, the next in the Jonah Geller series.Toronto investigator Jonah Geller has opened his own agency, World Repairs, and he and his partner, Jenn Raudsepp, are immediately drawn into investigating the apparent suicide of a young girl — and the high-stakes world of construction and development on a long-neglected parcel of Toronto’s waterfront. Clues lead them to suspect that fabled real estate tycoon Simon Birk — the partner of the dead girl’s father — is killing people who get in the way of the project, but the evidence isn’t rock solid. And Jonah has to craft an audacious plan to take down one of Chicago’s most powerful men....

Title : High Chicago
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ISBN : 9780307356079
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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High Chicago Reviews

  • Howard Shrier
    2019-03-04 08:09

    Okay, I am prejudiced because this is my book, but I had to re-read it last week in preparation for a writing class I am teaching and you know what? I enjoyed it. I found the funny parts funny, the darker parts dark, and it whipped along pretty fast. I don't pat myself on the back much, but I am going to risk it this time.

  • Toni Osborne
    2019-02-28 07:01

    Book 2, in the Jonah Geller seriesThis series is definitely Canadian very unique in its genre and I love how each story is crafted from current events found in the news. A few weeks ago I had the chance to read “Miss Montreal “ the 4th novel in the series and skipped momentary book 2 and 3 but I couldn't keep too far away before returning to the sequence to catch up. Here I am this time telling everyone nice enough to read my thoughts that Mr. Shrier has definitely won my admiration and made me one of his most faithful of fans. Jonah Geller, the protagonist is so unlike any American hard-boiled detective we read these days. He exploits his Jewishness, does not carry a gun and splits his attention between Toronto and an American city with his gay female partner. First he was in Buffalo in “Buffalo Jump” and now in this second installment Jonah brings his investigating skills to the Windy city, Chicago. Of course along the way Jonah will re-establish contact with Dante Ryan, a former contract killer now a restaurateur, for assistance.“High Chicago” has a stylish Hollywood crime drama opening. Jonah is hired to look into the apparent suicide of the daughter of a well-known Toronto property developer. Not one to mind his manners, he smells a rat that needs fixing and soon find himself up to his neck, deep in trouble, crossing words with a major real estate developer and the father of the dead girl. Before long he is in hot pursuit of a mega builder (reminds you of Donald Trump) who has ways of dealing with pesky investigators. Before it is all over, a considerable of mayhem has taken place, some surprising plot twists unfurled and we are plunged into nail-biting suspense not typically found in this kind of mystery. Needless to say Jonah is a wonderful character and the supporting cast is as varied as they come all with their own strong personality and ambition rarely seen. This is a strong entrée and a very entertaining addition to a fantastic series.

  • Peggy
    2019-02-22 08:18

    2nd in the Jonah Geller (Toronto PI) series. Jonah has now opened his own agency and is approached by a woman whose daughter has recently committed suicide. She asks Jonah to find out why, since there were no warning signs. A good solid mystery with interesting detail about Toronto and Chicago, but I was a little disturbed by the vigilante aspect of Jonah's quest to bring the murderer to justice.

  • Kendra
    2019-03-21 10:29

    Howard Shrier did not disappoint my expectations for his second Jonah Geller novel. It was an exciting mystery, with enough plots turns and international mystery to keep me reading. Again, I loved the emphasis on Toronto locales. You get the sense that Jonah really lives in the city from his enthusiasm for describing his favourite haunts. When's the next book coming?

  • Alison C
    2019-03-11 06:05

    Private investigator Jonah Geller is asked to look into the apparent suicide of a young woman by her grieving mother, the ex-wife of a real estate developer who has started construction on a sought-after site on Toronto’s waterfront. The developer has partnered with a Trump-like tycoon from Chicago, and Geller’s investigations lead him to search in that city for answers, but not before a couple more mysterious deaths in Toronto occur, deaths that seem somehow linked to the high-stakes world of luxury construction projects…. I initially read a later book in Howard Shrier’s Geller series ("Miss Montreal"), which I found to be too violent for my tastes; "High Chicago" is equally violent, but this time I was prepared for it and managed to discount that aspect of the series. I found Geller and his friends and colleagues to be interesting characters, and certainly the story is very fast-paced and a quick read. The final scene of violence in this particular novel struck me as completely out of character with the rest of the book, though; if Geller’s such a terrific investigator *and* fighter, how could his opponent have surprised him so? Leaving that mistake aside, and keeping in mind the extreme violence, it’s an entertaining enough read, however, so mildly recommended.

  • Judee. Fong.
    2019-02-28 12:19

    HIGH CHICAGO, a fast-paced crime thriller by Canadian writer, Howard Shrier, grabs you by the eyeballs and doesn't let go. I must confess that this is my first Howard Shrier novel and it certainly won't be the last. Toronto private investigator, Jonah Geller was introduced in Shrier's first mystery thriller, "Buffalo Jump" and returns with a bang in "High Chicago." Jonah now runs a new business, "World Repairs," co-owned with his partner and best friend, Jenn Raudsepp. Hired to investigate an apparent suicide, the trail soon leads to the dark side of construction and development. It also leads to a very shady multimillionaire, Simon Birk, who can whistle up mobsters, muscle and hitmen with a flick of his finger.Jonah proves to be a formidable opponent who has his own sources of information plus a hidden weapon--a retired mobster who is in Jonah's debt and will do anything to help his friend and has the connections to do it.I like this well-crafted mystery--at times violent, filled with great dialogue, a bit of humour, believable characters. "High Chicago" may be my first Howard Shrier book but definitely not my last. Grab a copy if you see it and settle in for an entertaining read!

  • Dorothyanne Brown
    2019-03-18 09:01

    It's a gloriously sunny fall day here, one of those days that shouts at you that you should get outside, there aren't more left, you should wallow in the sun and coolish air and bright blue while you can.But I'm inside, finishing High Chicago.Because it is impossible to stop. The last few chapters have the racing about pacing of an action film, the first part of the book lays out a complex, twisted plot, everyone is not who they seem, and wow - I sit agog at the plot developments and how the story is brought together so expertly at the end.It's hard to write violent scenes and make them sound realistic - Shrier can do this in spades but doesn't dwell on things in a nasty way - he describes the punch and the kick so that you can feel them, then moves on. His characters are not mystically strong. I like this. Actually, I love all the characters in this book, even the slimy ones. (Well, except one of them).Wonderfully done and I must now read Miss Montreal ASAP. I'm hoping for rain.

  • Philip
    2019-02-20 12:18

    5 Stars and I really mean it! So far the first two books in this series by Howard Shrier are worth all of the accolades they have been given in awards and reviews. If it is even possible "High Chicago" is even better than "Buffalo Jump". It has lots of action, plenty of gore, moves quickly enough and the Toronto and Chicago settings are perfect. Jonah Geller has to be one of the best PIs ever invented by an author, flawed, funny, human, tough, smart and likeable! His mother is marvelous and Dante Ryan is a great sidekick/muscle! And Jenn couldn't be a better partner. And on top of all that this one has a very satisfactory ending. Even some justice!At least Jonah is pretty fit even though he keeps getting himself beat to a pulp, not completely out of shape like Stephen Legault's Cole Blackwater in "The Cardinal Divide". Bring on "Boston Cream" !!!!!

  • Maddy
    2019-02-19 12:18

    SERIES: 2RATING: 3.25Jonah Geller has formed an investigative agency with his friend, Jenn Raudsepp. When a young woman commits suicide, her mother asks them to look into what her life had been like to cause such an event. They uncover some ugly events. Not as good as the first - Jonah's past experiences in Israel aren't really mentioned, and he's become more high octane. Jenn is gay, and much more emphasis is placed on her beauty than her skills.

  • Teena in Toronto
    2019-03-02 11:10

    There aren't many stories that are based in Toronto so I was drawn to this one ... especially because it was a mystery.It took me a couple chapters to get into it but once I did, I found it interesting.This is the second in the series.I find it curious that male investigators must have lesbian partners ... why?

  • Stewart
    2019-02-26 06:01

    Decent little detective novel. Some parts were a bit predictable and few parts were absurdly unrealistic (Shrier isn't maybe as good a thriller writer as some out there). But the pages went by quickly.

  • Kyla Squires
    2019-02-25 11:16

    I'm digging this series but for heaven's sake man, CALL THE POLICE! (view spoiler)[ I'm always so annoyed when books like this just kill off the bad guy. I think it's unnecessary and unrealistic. (hide spoiler)]

  • Carol
    2019-03-20 13:15

    Howard Shrier's written a fast-paced, fun novel. I enjoyed the main character, who is quite funny, and I enjoyed the Toronto settings, which I was familiar with. I'm going to look for his earlier book, which received good reviews also. Nice to read a Canadian writer for a change.

  • Dennis Osborne
    2019-03-07 05:16

    This is his follow up to his debut novel, Buffalo Jump and it didn't disappoint. Good plot, characters and witty dialogue

  • Brian Leclair
    2019-03-02 06:21

    I really liked the first Jonah Geller detective novel... but I think I liked this one even better! Great characters, and fast-moving plot makes this a very quick read!!!!

  • Amie
    2019-03-08 06:12

    Another great book in this series.

  • Djdee
    2019-03-21 06:02

    Much same type as last book.Engaging character.Good

  • Ann-marie Michocki
    2019-03-19 10:07

    Jonah Geller is a great character! The plot is scary, funny and a great look at life between canada and the US.

  • Laura May
    2019-03-16 13:25

    3.5 stars.