The Innocence Game

The Innocence Game

By Michael Harvey

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780345802552, 241pp.

Publication Date: April 8, 2014


A cold case is about to do supernova and three students will learn the price of innocence.

At Northwestern's renowned journalism school, Ian Joyce has been invited to participate in a prestigious seminar that investigates wrongful convictions and forgotten cases. With only two other classmates--beautiful, strong-willed Sarah Gold and enigmatically brilliant Jake Havens--he begins to investigate the long-ago murder of a young boy, ten-year-old Skylar Wingate, last seen walking home from school, his body discovered three days later in a forest preserve. His alleged killer was murdered decades ago in jail. But two chilling clues delivered to Jake's house suggest that the killer is still very much alive, and, in fact, in their midst. As the evidence mounts, the three classmates find themselves drawn into web of distrust, deceit, and corruption that will lead from the grittiest corners of Chicago and to the shores of Lake Michigan.

About the Author
Michael Harvey was a director of Aon, the largest insurance brokerage in the world, before starting his own consultancy. He has helped numerous businesses and individuals unlock growth and unleash potential. In 2004 Back to Church Sunday was birthed, and he started to work with churches throughout the UK and eventually throughout the English-speaking world. He has spoken to thousands of church leaders in his Unlocking the Growth seminars and has to date seen thousands of Christians mobilized to invite, resulting in hundreds of thousands of accepted invitations. Michael Harvey is married to Eike and they have three children, Ben, Kirsty, and Lydia. He is author of "Unlocking the Growth".

Praise For The Innocence Game

Praise for Michael Harvey and The Innocence Game:

“Michael Harvey should be read by all.”—John Grisham

“Harvey does for the Windy City what Michael Connelly did for Los Angeles.” —Chicago Tribune

“Harvey’s the best Chicago novelist . . . since Nelson Algren.” —Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“Harvey [writes] with crack timing, never allowing the reader a moment to unfasten his seat belt.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Ingenious . . . Engrossing . . . Michael Harvey is a writer with a bright future.” —Illinois Times
“Harvey takes us into the dark underworld where guilt and innocence aren’t just debated in the courtroom—the losers lose big, and winners manage to simply survive . . . Complex, twisting plot, loaded with well-staged surprises, great summer read.” —Blue Heron Journal
“Michael Harvey portrays the city of Chicago and its environs to wonderful effect . . . Suspenseful from the start, the last third of the novel becomes much more than ‘just’ a page-turner, when I found that I could not put the book down until the final page, with an ending this reader absolutely did not see coming. It is highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review 

“Wily and surprising . . . The appealing kids at the book’s center . . . leave us wanting more.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Ambitious . . . The suspense remains high throughout.” —Publishers Weekly