The Dead Caller from Chicago
By Jack Fredrickson
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312605278, 320pp.)
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
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“Everything I want in a mystery.” —Nancy Pearl, National Public Radio on A Safe Place for Dying, A Pearl Pick
"Jack Fredrickson is one hell of a writer. He has an ear for dead-on dialogue, and an unerring eye for compelling pace. In Dek Elstrom, he’s created an investigator with a seductive one-two punch—a delectably smart mouth and a delightfully nimble brain. Believe me, no matter how hard your heart, there’s going to be a soft spot in it for Hunting Sweetie Rose. This is a book that satisfies on every level from an author you can trust to deliver." —William Kent Krueger
Dek Elstrom is back. Bad things are surfacing in Rivertown, in a huge hole in a block of bungalows; in the river, where the dam trapped what should never have been in the water. And from the past, where secrets long buried have risen again, to kill. Then comes a phone call from a dead man, and the sudden disappearance of almost everyone Dek ever held close. A trail leads north, to the end of Michigan, past the chop of the angry waters beyond, to an ice swept island most everyone wants to forget. But there are no answers there, just more questions, and another dead man pointing straight back to Rivertown, to the hole, and the dam, and secrets that want to keep killing in The Dead Caller from Chicago.
JACK FREDRICKSON'S first Dek Elstrom mystery, A Safe Place for Dying, was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best First Novel, and his second, Honestly, Dearest, You're Dead was a March 2009 Pearl Pick. His short fiction has appeared in the acclaimed Chicago Blues and in Michael Connelly’s Burden of the Badge anthologies. He lives in Chicago.
Praise for Jack Fredrickson "Excellent . . . Readers will root for Elstrom every step of the way." —Publishers Weekly (starred) on Hunting Sweetie Rose
"Charms, entertains, and perplexes. Compare with David Housewright . . . and Michael Harvey." —Library Journal on Hunting Sweetie Rose
“This poignant thriller is something quite out of the ordinary.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal on Honestly, Dearest, You're Dead
“Elstrom has lost none of his initial appeal.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times on Honestly, Dearest, You're Dead