Title: We All Fall Down
Author: Michael Harvey
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
In the fourth Michael Harvey novel, Michael must face any big city’s worst nightmare: a biological attack in the heart of Chicago, using the city’s L train to disperse the pathogen. When questions arise following the attack, Michael plunges himself into an investigation that takes him to labs, the FBI, and the underworld of Chicago in order to discover the perpetrators behind the attack.
I’ve become a huge fan of Michael Harvey’s novels featuring PI MIchael Kelly (The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, and The Third Rail), so I was eagerly anticipating the fourth book in the series. While the first two novels stand alone relatively well, this book doesn’t. It’s really necessary to at least have the background of The Third Rail to really understand We All Fall Down because the events from this novel really stem from what happened in its prequel.
As always, Michael Kelly is an appealing main character. I love his style, his wit, and his innate intelligence. He is quick and sharp, and only has improved as the novels have progressed. He’s also wonderful at working people - he knows when to be a diplomat, but always stands up for himself and fights for what he believes in. If I were in trouble, Michael Kelly is someone I would want on my side.
The plot of We All Fall Down is fast paced and thrilling from beginning to end. There are many disparate threads that make up this novel, seemingly separate storylines that seem to come together towards the middle of the book, and it does take some brain power to follow each one and figure out the overall picture behind the novel. In other words, this is not a mindless read you can race through with minimal effort, but at the same time, it’s not difficult. It’s just a puzzle that takes some time and effort to figure out. I really enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and reveled in the joy of being along for this thrilling ride.
Michael Harvey is a talented author, and I certainly hope we aren’t going to see the last of Michael Kelly anytime soon. He’s become one of my favorite literary PI’s; I really like how reliably good and satisfying every novel in this series is. If you haven’t read anything by Michael Harvey yet, I highly suggest you start at the beginning of this series - you’ll find quick-paced and enjoyable reads that will never disappoint.