Tuesday, April 7, 2015
That’s pretty much what happens to Deuce Mora, a columnist for the Chicago Journal, a big-city newspaper struggling to stay solvent in a world that seems to have outgrown newspapers and left them in ruin.
What Deuce digs out of her “ideas” file is something that should be, at best, a human-interest story. The tale of an aging, low-level Chicago mobster living on beer, bourbon, and regret for the one mistake in his life that cost him everything. Deuce finds him in a Cicero bar late one afternoon, already drunk and resolute in his determination not to talk to her.
Afraid for his safety in the boozy world he inhabits, Deuce gives him a ride home and thus seals his brutal fate. She is left with more guilt than she can shoulder, more curiosity than she can ignore, and in more danger than she can imagine.
The mobster’s final words to her shove her into a world of political and criminal intrigue and confront her with a horrific crime more than 50 years old that she will either solve or die in the trying.
This is a story that could only be set in Chicago, a city that rises as the principal character in any book it inhabits.
THE SOMEDAY FILE by Jean Heller is one of those books that I know I'd enjoy. It's the first in a new series starring Deuce Mora, a columnist for the Chicago journal. Deuce is pursuing a story for her failing newspaper when she finds herself caught up in a 50 year old crime. This novel has political intrigue, some criminal elements, the Chicago mob, and lots of suspense. Sounds terrific to me!
Jean Heller is no stranger to writing or newspaper journalism for that matter. She is an eight-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and former Tampa Bay Times reporter. She has also published two other novels with St. Martin's Press that she will be re-releasing this year. You can read an excerpt from her new novel THE SOMEDAY FILE here.
Giveaway alert: I have a copy of THE SOMEDAY FILE to share with one lucky reader courtesy of the author and Saichek Publicity. To enter, just fill out the form below before April 20th at 11:59 p.m. EST. I will randomly select and notify the winner the following day. This contest is open to those of you with U.S. and Canada addresses only. Good luck!