What are the best crime fiction novels set in Chicago?

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    #1The Shoulders of Giants

    The Shoulders of Giants

    The Shoulders of Giants is a mystery fiction novel written by Jim Cliff. This is the first book in the Jake Abraham Mysteries series. This was originally published in 2012.

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    Susan Kennedy
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a great crime fiction read. It's interesting and suspenseful. Everything I wanted."
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    #2The Chicago Way

    The Chicago Way

    The Chicago Way is the first book in the Michael Kelly series written by Michael Harvey. This mystery thriller novel was originally published in 2007.

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    Robert Johnston
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Private detective Michael Kelly is hired by his former partner to solve an eight-year old rape and battery case long gone cold. But when the partner turns up dead, Kelly enlists a team of his savviest colleagues to connect the dots between the recent murder and the cold case it revived: a television reporter whose relationship with Kelly is not strictly professional; his best friend from childhood, a forensic DNA expert; and an old ally from the DA's office. To close the case, Kelly will have to face the mob, a serial killer, his own double-crossing friends, and the mean streets of the city he loves"
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    #3Poison Girls

    Poison Girls

    Poison Girls is a mystery fiction novel written by Cheryl L. Reed. This was originally published in 2017. Poison Girls is a political fiction novel set in Chicago.

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    #4The Black Hour

    The Black Hour

    The Black Hour is a mystery fiction novel written by Lori Rader-Day. This was originally published in 2014. The Black Hour is a thriller book set in Chicago.

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    Cheryl Holland
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I don't read crime fiction novels at all. I don't know why I picked this up. I enjoyed it more than I expected to. It definitely includes a lot of Chicago in the book."
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    #5Illusions of Magic

    Illusions of Magic

    Illusions of Magic: Love and Intrigue in 1933 Chicago is a historical fiction novel written by J.B. Rivard. This suspense novel was originally published in 2016.

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    María de Lourdes Vásquez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I think the storyline is very interesting. I love reading books that tie in historical events with fiction."
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    #6The Fifth Floor

    The Fifth Floor

    The Fifth Floor is the second book in the Michael Kelly series written by Michael Harvey. This mystery thriller novel was originally published in 2008.

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    Benjamín Meléndez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "seems very cool and meets topic"
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    #7Malicious Masquerade

    Malicious Masquerade

    Malicious Masquerade is a mystery thriller novel written by Alan Cupp. This book was originally published in 2013. Malicious Masquerade is a murder mystery set in Chicago.

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    Randy Hanson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Malicious Masquerade is a great mystery book. Takes you on a suspense ride."
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    #8The Third Rail

    The Third Rail

    The Third Rail is the third book in the Michael Kelly series written by Michael Harvey. This mystery thriller fiction novel was originally published in 2010.

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    Roberto Gómez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I literally couldn't put this book down. I even read it in the shower and on the subway! Michael Kelly is on par with Michael Connelly in my opinion, at least as far as crime novels go. "
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    #9Total Recall (V. I. Warshawski)

    Total Recall (V. I. Warshawski)

    Total Recall is a mystery novel written by Sara Paretsky. Total Recall is the tenth book in the V.I. Warshawski series. This was originally published in 2001.

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    Eric Carroll
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "If you haven't read any of Paretsky's novels in this series, you are missing out entirely. This is the tenth book in the V.I. Warshawski series and they get better with each new book. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of these books and can't wait to see what Sara writes next. I highly recommend this series."
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    #10Hard Time (V.I. Warshawski)

    Hard Time (V.I. Warshawski)

    Hard Time is the ninth novel in the V.I. Warshawski series written by Sara Paretsky. Hard Time is a mystery fiction novel was originally published in 1999.

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    Jesse Tucker
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I lived in Chicago for a few years and when I was in the city I wanted something to remind me of the city's history. It's always been a great setting for noir and crime novels, and thankfully that was the case here as well. A great read, I'd recommend it to anyone."

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Best What are the best crime fiction novels set in Chicago
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Shoulders of GiantsBooks 24 Paid
2The Chicago WayBooks 22 Paid
3Poison GirlsBooks 20 Paid
4The Black HourBooks 20 Paid
5Illusions of MagicBooks 17 Paid
6The Fifth FloorBooks 15 Paid
7Malicious MasqueradeBooks 14 Paid
8The Third RailBooks 13 Paid
9Total Recall (V. I. Warshawski)Books 8 Paid
10Hard Time (V.I. Warshawski)Books 6 Paid
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