In the second installment of the suspense-filled series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ian K. Smith, an ex-cop turned private investigator seeks to fight corruption on the streets of Chicago.
A Cadillac, a pistol, and a corpse make for another morning in Chicago. The body belongs to Walter Griffin, a prominent Black Chicagoan insider hailing from the city's West Side. He ascended to the upper echelons of the mayor's office only to meet his end in a watery grave at Wolf Point. Forensics finds his prints on the gun; it's ruled a suicide.
But grizzled private investigator Ashe Cayne knows better.
Griffin's children plead with a reluctant Ashe to hunt their father's killer. They know their dad wouldn't have taken his own life without a goodbye. And Ashe knows this town's dark secrets often mean murder is not too far away.
Ashe decides to take on the case and navigate a city rotting with corruption, racial tensions, and sketchy backroom deals. On the bleak streets of Chicago, it's every man for himself--and that makes everyone a suspect.
"Smith's love of Chicago is palpable in his rich depictions of its diversity, vitality, and unique pockets...A brisk and twisty whodunit with a motley cast that includes the city of big shoulders." --Kirkus Reviews
"Smith's entertaining sequel to 2020's The Unspoken...This is smart, smooth escapism. Readers will hope Cayne will be back soon." --Publishers Weekly
"An intriguing sequel...fans of Stephen Mack Jones's August Snow mysteries will enjoy." --Library Journal
Praise for The Unspoken
An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
"With its huge, entertaining cast and smooth sleuth, this series kickoff recalls vintage Chandler or Hammett." --Kirkus Reviews
"This fine series launch from bestseller Smith (The Ancient Nine) introduces PI Ashe Cayne, a former Chicago PD detective...Ashe is just one of many well-drawn, multilayered characters. Readers will eagerly await his return." --Publishers Weekly
"Ian K. Smith has created a suspense story where the pages practically turn themselves all the way to the twist at the end." --AuthorLink
"Smith creates a fond and layered portrait of the Windy City, in all its multidimensional glory, as we traipse from fancy high-rises, to grungy boxing gyms, to tastefully decorated criminal lairs. Here's hoping for many more installments in the series!" --CrimeReads, Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020
"Ian K. Smith's The Unspoken is the start of a big, bold, original new series. Chicago PI Ashe Cayne is the perfect hero for our times. I can't wait to read his next adventure." --Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Pub Date: October 05, 2021