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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (606 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Harvey Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Michael Kelly Series Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780739370575
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Michael Harvey’s sizzling follow-up to The Chicago Way (“A magnificent debut that should be read by all”—John Grisham; “This book heralds the arrival of a major new voice”—Michael Connelly) opens with a murder in contemporary Chicago and winds its way back to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

When PI Michael Kelly is hired by an ex-flame to tail her abusive husband, he expects trouble of a domestic rather than a historical nature. Life, however, is not so simple. The tail leads Kelly to an old house on Chicago’s North Side. Inside it, the private investigator finds a body and, perhaps, the answer to one of Chicago’s most enduring mysteries: who started the Great Chicago Fire and why. The ensuing investigation takes Kelly to places he’d rather not go, specifically, City Hall’s fifth floor, where the mayor is feeling the heat and looking to play for keeps. Ultimately, Kelly finds himself in a world where nothing is quite what it seems, face-to-face with a killer bent on rewriting history and staring down demons from a past he never knew he had.

A fast-stepping, intricately woven narrative, rich with the history and atmosphere of a great city, The Fifth Floor is a worthy successor to Harvey’s critically acclaimed debut. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 2/6/2014

    " Michael Harvey's writing makes me want to move to Chicago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 1/28/2014

    " Who doesn't love some old school Chicago, and a damaged reporter? Now I want to back track and read the first story by Michael Harvey! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/16/2014

    " I love mystery novels and Chicago! This keep me turning the pages and looking forward to the next novel by Harvey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 1/11/2014

    " Better than his last book, though still not great. He does use Chicago better--it feels more like a location, and less like a collection of names he's throwing out to try and show off his knowledge of the city. The story does have one nice twist towards the end and one unnecessary one at the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Polep | 1/11/2014

    " Loved the Chicago setting and slightly bent way crimes get solved and politics get done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 12/27/2013

    " Pretty typical for this genre, though it's obsession with Chicago is both charming and distracting. Still, the genre is popular for a reason, and the mystery is actually a pretty interesting one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 11/16/2013

    " The second by this author. I am liking him better and better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 10/10/2013

    " This second in the series was even better than the first. Story involves the Chicago fire of 1871 and how it relates to modern politics in downtown Chicago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leo | 10/2/2013

    " OK read. He gets a lot of the geography of City Hall wrong and that bothered me. Decent and smart novel, but lacked something. Author seemed to throw way too much up in the air and things turned out a little too neat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrie Foster | 8/3/2013

    " Love that it is based in Chicago. Want to read more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 6/18/2013

    " Worthwhile, especially for those who know Chicago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 4/7/2013

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Michael Kelly; while assisting an old friend because her husband is beating her, Harvey comes across political intrigue in the mayor's office, going all the way back to the famous Chicago fire "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/19/2013

    " Interesting book based on Chicago politics. I like things Chicago based. This also talked about the Chicago fire in 1871. Also very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Wilson | 1/23/2013

    " Harvey rocks. As an old Chicago boy I like his novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 7/2/2012

    " The second Michael Kelly mystery; Harvey gives good Chicago, the mysteries have both been complex and compelling, and Kelly's a sympathetic (if sometimes pathetic) hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/22/2012

    " a very entertaining crime novel - this ishis secnd one, I hope he writes more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Monrad | 3/6/2012

    " A good page turner and enjoyed that it is set in my neighborhood in Chicago. But nothing special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Maria Bryant | 11/24/2011

    " Born and raised in Chicago, I appreciated all the local references to popular spots and local politics as well as the dry humor but I knew how it would end about half way into the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 11/12/2011

    " It felt like Harvey was feeling more comfortable with his character in this book. I enjoyed is as much as The Chicago Way. He "gets" Chicago. Love all the neighborhood references. Makes me a little homesick for The Windy City. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/30/2011

    " I enjoy reading this author's works when I am in Chicago so that all the locations seem familiar to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/23/2011

    " I love mystery novels and Chicago! This keep me turning the pages and looking forward to the next novel by Harvey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 3/5/2011

    " Definitely liked Harvey’s sophomore effort better than his debut, The Chicago Way. The Fifth Floor continues to follow P.I. Michael Kelly as he investigates cases for a client. This time he runs up against the Chicago Historical Society and the Mayor’s Office. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/11/2011

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Michael Kelly; while assisting an old friend because her husband is beating her, Harvey comes across political intrigue in the mayor's office, going all the way back to the famous Chicago fire
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/30/2010

    " Solid second noir novel with a blend of past and present Chicago history, including an Obama-esque character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 12/7/2010

    " Who doesn't love some old school Chicago, and a damaged reporter? Now I want to back track and read the first story by Michael Harvey! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 9/26/2010

    " I enjoy reading this author's works when I am in Chicago so that all the locations seem familiar to me.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/25/2010

    " I preferred The Chicago Way more, but this was still a fun noir read. I like Michael Kelly's character and would like to see the third book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 7/3/2010

    " This second in the series was even better than the first. Story involves the Chicago fire of 1871 and how it relates to modern politics in downtown Chicago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 6/18/2010

    " Chicago-based murder mystery drawing on some of our best known political qualities i.e. slime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrie | 6/13/2010

    " Love that it is based in Chicago. Want to read more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 5/16/2010

    " Worthwhile, especially for those who know Chicago. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Harvey

Michael Harvey is the author of The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, The Third Rail, and We All Fall Down, and is also a journalist and documentary producer. His work has received numerous national and international awards, including multiple Emmys and an Academy Award nomination. He holds a law degree from Duke University, a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.