Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blog Tour: Windy City Blues by Marc Krulewitch

Author: Marc Krulewitch
Publisher: Alibi (Random House)
Date of publication: January 2015

Jules Landau feels right at home in the ethnic stew of the Windy City, where he’s indebted to the hopes and schemes of his criminal ancestors. Street-smart and college-educated, Jules wants nothing more than to go straight and atone for his family’s past. But when he investigates a horrific killing, Jules uncovers a hidden world of lucrative corruption.

Jack Gelashvili had his head bashed in and no one knows why. The most obvious answer is that he was a parking cop, a universally loathed job—especially in Chicago. Turns out there’s a lot of money to be made on expired meters, and when Jules starts making noise, he starts making enemies—from the head of a media empire to the mastermind of a prostitution ring. When rumors of bloodthirsty Mob connections arise, Jack’s gorgeous cousin Tamar objects, and Jules is increasingly swayed by the logic and charms of the sexy baker. Following this beautiful woman into the cloistered world of Georgian immigrants, Jules brings his hunches, his family connections, and his gun. But he’s just one man against a pack of criminals with a million reasons to shoot first…

Windy City Blues is the sequel to Maxwell Street Blues. I enjoyed the first book and was eager to read this one.    This time around, Jules is hired by a concerned citizen to investigate the murder of a parking cop in his neighborhood.  That opening scene of a toddler finding the body was pretty gruesome!  What a way to open a book.  As the investigation goes on, Jules finds himself neck deep in city corruption, lazy cops and questionable newspaper practices.  I found the book enjoyable but not as good as the first book. I found this one a little more convoluted and drawn out.  I was saddened by the loss of one of the characters that I liked from the first book.  I always hate when a character that I like dies.

This one could be a stand alone. But if you haven't read the first one, I would recommend reading that one first.  I think you will get a better feel for Jules and what he is trying to get away from by being a PI.

About the author:

Marc Krulewitch’s Jules Landau mysteries take place in Chicago, where he was born and where his family has lived for generations. He now resides in Colorado.

Marc Krulewitch’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, January 5th: Bell, Book & Candle
Tuesday, January 6th: Words by Webb
Wednesday, January 7th: Omnimystery News – author guest post
Wednesday, January 7th: Vic’s Media Room
Thursday, January 8th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Monday, January 12th: Fiction Zeal
Wednesday, January 14th: Reading Reality
Thursday, January 15th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Friday, January 16th: Reading to Distraction
Tuesday, January 20th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, January 21st: Queen of All She Reads
Wednesday, January 21st: Back Porchervations
Thursday, January 22nd: Rhodes Review
Friday, January 23rd: By the Book Reviews
Monday, January 26th: Dwell in Possibility
Tuesday, January 27th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Wednesday, January 28th: The Year in Books

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's always hard to lose a character you really like. I'm glad you enjoyed the book in spite of this!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.