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Trigger City Hardcover – Oct 6 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (Oct. 6 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061128694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061128691
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,763,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A riveting and terrifying novel—a true thriller in every sense of the word. . . . Masterful.” (Sara Paretsky, author of Burning Kansas and Fire Sale)

“Packed with action and heart-breaking moments of truth.” (Robert Crais, author of The Watchman)

“Taut, hair-raising and ultimately enriching. You will not be disappointed.” (Andrew Gross, author of The Blue Zone and The Dark Tide)

“The writing is superb—dark poetry and violence in a seamless narrative of love, pain and redemption. Trigger City will break your heart in ways you never imagined.” (Ken Bruen, author of Priest and The Guards)

“Trigger City . . . grabs you hard on the first page and doesn’t let go, even after you’ve closed the book.” (Tasha Alexander, author of A Fatal Waltz)

“Trigger City is a compelling story . . . sharp, translucent, and original—Sean Chercover seems incapable of penning a cliché.” (Loren D. Estleman, author of Frames)

“Trigger City will grip you from start to end…another masterful stroke from the pen of Sean Chercover.” (The Strand Magazine)

“Plenty of exciting and scary action....Could be the first of a new age of crime fiction....[Chercover] seems on his way to becoming the Ross Macdonald of his time, close to rubbing shoulders with Dashiell Hammett in the Crime Writers’ Hall of Fame.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Highly entertaining....Chercover is a colorful, quotable writer.” (Washington Post)

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The facts:

A lonely woman was murdered by her disturbed coworker.

The police have investigated. The case is closed.

But facts are not truth.

A routine investigation of an open-and-shut case is just what PI Ray Dudgeon needs to recover from the physical and emotional consequences of confronting the Chicago Outfit—until "routine" spirals out of control. The victim was no quiet, unassuming, unlucky single woman; she lived a double life in the shadowy realm of covert intelligence . . . and she died for the truth. Suddenly, Ray's ensnared in a conspiracy of darkness that weaves its way through the very fabric of the nation, and in grave danger of becoming collateral damage in America's war on terror. And his greatest enemy may be himself.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ppsphil on Sept. 20 2013
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Ok - This is a difficult book for me to rate or review. Before I say anything else I must say that I really liked reading this book and found it impossible to put down at bedtime 'till I finished it!
I pretty much liked the writing, style, the characterization, the plot and how the mystery unfolds with a couple of question marks that lead me to give this book 3 stars and not 4.
Although I always have, and still do, maintain that one should read a mystery series in published order having read "Big City Bad Blood" first created some of the annoying, but not fatal, things that lead to deducting a star! I think one needed to read the first book to understand Ray's problems but all his physical and emotional baggage was dragged on and on, ad nauseum, until at times it got boring and overwhelmed the story. If you had read the first book you didn't need it and if you hadn't, once would have been enough!
Then I just did not like the way this thing ended! I don't care what Government Alphabetical agency was involved I did not like them just hushing everything up and walking away. I'd have loved Ray to say "Go To Hell" and publish the whole damn mess, bring down the President and every other Government body involved and have a huge blow up like has never been seen before. Wouldn't that make a great movie??
Just my personal, cynical opinion!
I'll read more of Sean Chercover's books anyway
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Two for Two Oct. 14 2008
By Ron Edison - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever finished a novel but found you can't start another book because the one you've just finished won't leave you alone? TRIGGER CITY is one of those books. The plot begins as a quite satisfying detective story, but Chercover skillfully layers in threads of topical events and twists the plot into a deliciously complex thriller. Ray Dudgeon is not the same Ray we knew in Chercover's first novel (BIG CITY, BAD BLOOD). This sadder but wiser Ray is still plagued by physical injuries sustained in the first novel. But even more troubling for him is the self-doubt generated by those events. It's rare for authors to explore such emotionally complex issues with their protagonist and bring them to the page so realistically. On one level, it's a standard PI novel--stakeouts, car chases, witness interviews, and so on. But Chercover adds a dimension of realism that leaves most of the genre in the dust. While reading it, I kept one ear tuned to the news, expecting to hear updates on the story. It's that real, that powerful. Only his second time at bat, but Chercover smashes this one into the stratosphere.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Get Trigger City! Dec 17 2008
By Joseph Borri - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The only thing that disappointed me after reading Trigger City is that I hadn't yet read Big City, Bad Blood. It would've been nice to meet Ray Dudgeon at the start of the author's introduction of him. Still, from the opening pages of Trigger City, it was evident that Sean Chercover's is a voice steeped in the streets of Chicago and influenced by the pages of Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane and Elmore Leonard. Make no mistake though--it's an original voice that will stay with you long after you've finished the novel. I'm a slow reader and I FLEW this book. Hell, it even had me running late for work one morning!

Terrific dialogue, scathing and self-deprecating humor team up with action scenes that, blended together, vividly paint a richly layered drama. It's a big story with the nuances of real life thrown in. Chercover manages to give Ray Dudgeon a soul yet still arm him with a pair of brass balls. He's the kind of guy you want to go have a beer with because you know the company will be great and that he'll have your back in case trouble breaks. Now I look forward--can't wait really--to start on Big City, Bad Blood so I can spend a few days following Ray's exploits. It's the Christmas gift I plan on buying myself.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The 2nd is Better than the 1st! Dec 23 2008
By Raymond Benson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Sean Chercover's sophomore novel is even better than his awfully-darned-good debut! In this one the characters seemed to have more of an emotional investment in the goings-on...I guess I just felt more involved with them this time around (even though I thoroughly enjoyed "Big City, Bad Blood"). The plot is compelling and always surprising. I also like the author's taste in music. :) Highly recommended!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Black Helicopters Over Wrigley Jan. 15 2009
By Gary Griffiths - Published on
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After a strong opening act with "Big City, Bad Blood", Sean Chercover and smart-talking Chicago PI Ray Dudgeon, still smarting from tortures delivered by the bad guys in "Big City", are back for another round of hard-knuckled sleuthing in "Trigger City". It hasn't taken Chercover long to jump on the over used military-industrial complex conspiracy bandwagon, spinning an appropriately complex tale of greed and corruption in the Windy City. Chercover's web of treachery is interesting enough, but a Chicagoan's shock and outrage over government malfeasance is rich irony and highly entertaining - if unintentionally so. Notwithstanding, Dudgeon's gig to find the truth behind a daughter's murder for a dubiously grieving father soon has our hero the target of multiple clandestine operatives, stretching a path from Lakeshore Drive to Tienanmen Square while busting more cover-ups than a righteous Bernstein/Woodward witch hunt. But the black cloaked thugs leave Dudgeon enough time to stalk and lust and pine for girlfriend Jill, currently tied up with a stand-in boyfriend whose hospital hours entail less risk than throwing guys over six story mall escalators.

As in the original, the author's snappy dialog is as smart as his portrait of Chicago's streets and neighborhoods and local haunts - a virtual travelogue of the great city's gritty ethnic charm. "Trigger's" pace, however, is a bit uneven, bogging down in too much intrigue and seemingly endless threats, while enduring even the sacrilege of a smashed vintage Ernie Banks bobble head. If so don't think to hard an over-analyze the plot incongruities, you'll find this more an enjoyable read - well-written escapist crime fiction which promises more than it delivers - at least this time out.

In short, Chercover is a talented writer with a bright future - a guy who could do for Chicago what Lehane did for South Boston. My two cents, Mr. C - stick with the Chicago stories and Chicago people you know so well, and leave the black helicopter drivel for the pinheads who swim in that tired sewer.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great mystery coupled with a terrifically complex main character... Aug. 5 2012
By Larry Hoffer - Published on
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Last year I found a new author named Sean Chercover, who writes a series of books featuring Chicago PI Ray Dudgeon. I really enjoyed his first book, Big City, Bad Blood, and although it's taken me a while to get around to his second book, Trigger City, I'm happy to say it's just as good, if not better.

Joan Richmond was the head of payroll for a Chicago company. One Sunday afternoon she was shot and killed by a former employee, Steven Zhang, who left a confession before killing himself. All of those around him noticed Zhang's erratic behavior changes in the few months leading up to Richmond's murder, but no one expected him to react in this way. While this seems like an open and shut case, Dudgeon is hired by Joan's father, a retired military commander with whom she had a somewhat strained relationship, to find out "the truth." But the truth isn't quite what it seems, as it appears Joan's previous employer was a military contractor with secrets to hide--and lots of people interested in keeping them hidden, no matter what. And as Dudgeon continues his investigation while dealing with his own personal issues, he realizes no one quite knows what the truth really is, and maybe that's a good thing.

Chercover's second book moves quickly, has a terrific plot and lots of twists, some of which I didn't see coming. Dudgeon's character is really complex; he's more than just a stubborn private investigator--he has enough personal demons to keep several psychiatrists busy. But he is determined to protect those in need of help, no matter what the cost may be to himself. That complexity, plus some great action, makes for a really fast and compelling read. Plus, the book makes you think about how our government's reach keeps expanding. I hope Chercover plans to keep writing--I want to know what's next for Ray Dudgeon, and you will, too.