Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Severn House
ISBN-13: 978 0 7278 8916 4
Introducing Milo Rigg, Chicago's onetime most prominent crime reporter, relegated to part-time reporting following being falsely accused in a scandal in the wake of the unsolved murders of three teenaged boys outside Chicago fifteen months before.
Gone hermit in the dunes in northwest Indiana, Rigg's back when two sisters are found dead in circumstances frighteningly similar to the earlier killings, and chases the killer as additional murders--of other girls, a cop, and a prominent county official--and the disappearance of a mysteriously elusive witness, unreel in modern-day, and modernly-corrupt, Cook County. An electrifying debut of a new noir character …
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This strong series launch from Fredrickson (the Dek Elstrom series) introduces Milo Rigg, once “Chicago’s premier crime reporter.”…Readers will look forward to spending more time with the complex, intriguing Milo. This skillfully crafted and richly nuanced crime novel bodes well for future entries. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Jack Fredrickson offers another smart mystery in ‘The Black Cage’ Fredrickson…acclaimed for his Windy City series featuring private investigator Vlodek “Dek” Elstrom, is a sneaky stylist. On the one hand, he deftly engages in classic, hard-boiled tropes…For all that, “The Black Cage” boasts a subtle modernist streak…as if finding its way through a fog…not many journalism thrillers get as much right as this one does. CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"A perfect setup for a procedural, and Fredrickson delivers a solid one...the clues are well camouflaged, and there's a blast of an ending begging to be argued about." BOOKLIST
“The increase in tension is subtle and very well done… “The Black Cage” has a startling climax, an excellent final twist, a nice tie-up, and a strangely bittersweet ending…Milo is a character one looks forward (to) following into oncoming books. Books are magic: blogspot
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