1n 1977 a Chicago EL train derailed and four cars flew off of the tracks, killing 11. Harvey takes off from the real life story and sends us into present day Chicago. On the anniversary of the terrible accident someone is taking out commuters and consistently pulls retired police officer current PI, Mike Kelly into the fray.
Kelly is the first to make the connection, understandably since he and his father were on the trains that day and survived. Kelly is led into a game of cat and mouse to the death with the covert backing of the mayor and even the FBI.
The thrilling mix of history touching murder today really kept me interested. Is it one of the original victims family members? Why does the killer keep sending him seemingly unrelated clues to a company that had been swallowed up by larger businesses over a hundred years ago. And why does he also have a grudge against the Catholic Church?
My one gripe with The Third Rail was that the beginning was a bit choppy. It took me a few pages to figure out what was going on because the voices and tenses seemed to change without warning. The problem went away within 20 pages or so.
There is a great article about Michael Harvey and The Third Rail at Crimes & Misdemeanors.
Thank you FSB Associates for introducing me to this great book!