A Bad Night’s Sleep by Michael Wiley

Minotaur, $24.99, 258 pages, ISBN 978-0-312-55224-4

This week’s MBR will be short and sweet.  It takes place in Chicago, sometimes called “America’s second city,” and features a private investigator, or PI, named Joe Kozmarski, a failed cop and known drunk.

     A Bad Night’s Sleep is his third book in the Kozmarski series.  It’s a thrill ride from start to finish, as PI Kozmarski stakes out a construction site to prevent organized looting by a professional team of thieves.  He catches them in the act, only to find it’s a gang of rogue cops.  When he shoots and kills one of the bad cops in order to save one of the good cops . . . his life gets complicated, dangerous and downright ugly as things spin further out of control with every page.  “It’s a thrill ride along the razor’s edge . . . deep into the heart of corruption in Chicago’s underbelly,” according to Kirk Russell’s blurb on the dust cover.  I’m not quite that enthusiastic, but it is an entertaining, fast romp through the pages of crime fiction.


John Dwaine McKenna