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3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (32 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: April 2010 ISBN: 9780307707345
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A woman is shot as she waits for her train to work. An hour later, a second woman is gunned down as she rides an elevated train through the Loop. Two hours after that, a church becomes the target of a chemical weapons attack. The city of Chicago is under siege, and Michael Kelly, cynical cop turned private investigator, just happens to be on the scene when all hell breaks loose.

Kelly is initially drawn into the case by the killers themselves, then tasked by Chicago’s mayor and the FBI to hunt down the bad guys and, all things being equal, put a bullet in them. Kelly, of course, has other ideas. As he gets closer to the truth, his instincts lead him to a retired cop, a shady train company, and an unnerving link to his own past. Meanwhile, Kelly’s girlfriend, Rachel Swenson, becomes a pawn in a much larger game, while a weapon that could kill millions ticks away quietly in the very belly of the city.

The Third Rail
 is stylish, sophisticated, edge-of-your-seat suspense from a new modern master.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward Monrad | 1/12/2014

    " Good page turner but not as strong as his first two. Really dissatisfied with the ending, thought it did not tie up all the plot lines very well and left questions unresolved for no real reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/5/2014

    " Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. The history of Chicago is rich and takes you to some places you might not ever go. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/18/2013

    " Another great plot, this time involving a 30 year old accident and someone out for revenge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/14/2013

    " I love Michael Harvey's books set in Chicago, although they can be pretty grim crime-wise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TeriC | 12/5/2013

    " The book is fast paced, set in Chicago and lots of twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael P. Fertig | 11/15/2013

    " The third in the Michael Kelly detective series. The action starts on the Southport Street L Brown Line platform, and ends at el Presidente on Ashland and Wrightwood. That's one of the great things about this series of books. All set in Chicago, and I've been to so many of the places the main character goes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 11/8/2013

    " fast paced and very noir "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Grimes | 10/13/2013

    " Action packed. I bet its made into a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cody | 8/27/2013

    " A fun, quick murder-mystery tour of Chicago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay F | 8/22/2013

    " Part of a series, "The Third Rail" was the stronger of a very solid lot of three. The shift in narrators--a new stylistic technique for Harvey--helps build suspense. It's clear that friends of Michael Kelly do not fair well. Who in the cast of characters will be around in a fourth novel? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 6/27/2013

    " A good mystery is one you can't put down, not one that you want to put down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 4/18/2013

    " Pretty darn good. The author was creator and writer of "Cold Case Files" and an investigative reporter. Has serious mystery/thriller writing chops. Some nice twists to this story; some interesting characters; keeps you turning the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marge | 11/16/2012

    " Loved this third in the series--couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 11/10/2012

    " really enjoyable. well written, very much in the style of jeffery deaver or harlan coban. legal thriller. definately will be looking up his other books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/17/2012

    " This is the third book by this author - I will definitely read his first two. I enjoyed the Chicago setting and the story held my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MBP | 5/24/2012

    " Good, but not as compelling as the previous two in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dbroder74 | 4/9/2012

    " terrorism on the L in Chicago "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/23/2012

    " Another great noir novel for Chicago lovers. The break from the usual single narrator of most noir novels to include many other narrators was a bit of a change up, though it seemed necessary to better encompass all the action and plot, including the cliffhanger of an ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Sedivy | 12/20/2011

    " So, this the third book in the series. Hope the others are better. Another tough talking detective with issues. Nothing new. In this book, his friends are either killed, or damaged, or crooked after all. Oh, and nobody likes the guy because he's hard to work with - surprise, surprise! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 10/30/2011

    " An OK crime thriller. The plot seemed a little too unbelievable to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 5/25/2011

    " audio 2.5 too macho for me "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 5/24/2011

    " An OK crime thriller. The plot seemed a little too unbelievable to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 4/17/2011

    " Pretty darn good. The author was creator and writer of "Cold Case Files" and an investigative reporter. Has serious mystery/thriller writing chops. Some nice twists to this story; some interesting characters; keeps you turning the pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 4/11/2011

    " A good mystery is one you can't put down, not one that you want to put down "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 3/29/2011

    " audio 2.5 too macho for me "

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

    " Michael Harvey's words create a vivid map in my mind which allows me to wander around Chicago even though I'm far away. I knew by the title this one would take us into the subway tunnels under the city. My only regret is I haven't heard when the next novel will be released. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 3/12/2011

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Michael Kelly; someone is killing people on Chicago's "L" and Kelly is tied into it, along with city officials, feds, and the Catholic Church
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/13/2011

    " really enjoyable. well written, very much in the style of jeffery deaver or harlan coban. legal thriller. definately will be looking up his other books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 2/9/2011

    " Wow. A good thriller. Clancy style. I even remember when the train fell off the El. It was good to read about home. Not a good book for school. Too much cop/shop talk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 12/30/2010

    " Another great noir novel for Chicago lovers. The break from the usual single narrator of most noir novels to include many other narrators was a bit of a change up, though it seemed necessary to better encompass all the action and plot, including the cliffhanger of an ending.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/10/2010

    " I liked it. It was a fun read, some twists and turns. Fun placing all the locations in my mind's eye. I would read his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lou | 11/2/2010

    " A kind of far fetched motive for a serial killer but the story is otherwise OK. "

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About the Author
Author Michael HarveyMichael Harvey is the author of The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, and The Third Rail and is also a journalist and documentary producer. His work has won multiple Emmy Awards, and has received two Primetime Emmy nominations and an Academy Award nomination, among numerous other awards. He holds a law degree from Duke University, a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in classical languages from Holy Cross College. He lives, of course, 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.