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'46, Chicago
Monroe, Steve, 1961-
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First edition.
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New York : Talk Miramax Books/Hyperion, [2002]

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256 pages ; 25 cm
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Chicago cop Gus Carson was bad, crooked, and dangerous before he went to war. But, having survived a Japanese submarine attack in the Pacic, he returns a changed man. So it is plain lousy luck that hes with a pretty hooker in a brothel when a gunman murders two people there. Old habits die hard, and Carson takes the gunman down, saving the state of Illinois the cost of a trial...and gets suspended from the police department for his good deed. Now, with few prospects and no cash, Carson accepts a job that smells shy from jump street: an aspiring politician hires him to nd a kidnapped black racketeer. The hunt will send Carson on a dangerous ride through the city, where his life soon isnt worth the price of a beer. And for those who dont remember the 1940s, thats ve cents. A page-turning noir detective story, 46, Chicago proves Monroe to be a new master of the genre.

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Booklist Review

Monroe has moved the clock back 11 years since '57, Chicago (2001), but the focus is still on the city's gritty underworld, and the mood remains decidedly noir. Postwar malaise, the breeding ground for noir, weighs heavily on the shoulders of Gus Carson, who isn't the dirty cop he was before the war but still can't stay out of trouble. In the wrong brothel at the wrong time, he intercedes when a gunman shoots up the place, getting himself suspended in the process. Out of work, he is hired by an aspiring politician to find the kidnapped gang boss who runs the city's numbers racket. Hidden agendas loom everywhere as Carson's search takes him from the squalor of the South Side to the opulence of suburban Lake Forest. One thing is clear: Carson has been handpicked as the fall guy. There are some plot holes, and the conclusion isn't as dark as it should be, but Monroe's homage to postwar noir hits enough right notes to please fans of the genre. If only Dana Andrews were alive to play the lead. --Bill Ott

Publisher's Weekly Review

Tough-talking copper Gus Carson has been trying to walk the straight and narrow ever since he got back to Chicago after a tour in WWII, but a visit to a whorehouse proves his undoing when he kills a man whos just murdered a john and his gal and gets suspended from the force. Steve Monroes classic hard-boiler follows Carson through the citys underbelly in pursuit of a kidnapped swindler (whos also on the payroll of a political mover and shaker) before he uncovers the truth in a veritable bloodbath in 46, Chicago. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Former bad cop Gus Carson must battle both criminals and his past in this well-crafted work of hard-boiled fiction from Monroe ('57, Chicago). Before going to fight in World War II, Carson was as corrupt as they come, but he's returned a changed man after watching his friends die. Soon after coming back, however, Carson is witness to a murder during a whorehouse tryst, eventually felling the shooter himself. Suspended from the force for his indiscretions, Gus is soon hired privately to track down a missing person. What seems a relatively simple kidnapping, however, soon turns into a complicated scheme involving numerous members of Chicago's high society. The action moves quickly, and Carson is a likable character despite some glaring flaws. Monroe not only manages to capture perfectly the flavor of 1940s Chicago but also writes in wonderfully spare prose. The obvious comparison is to James Ellroy, but Monroe deserves to have this one stand on its own. Recommended for public libraries. Craig Shufelt, Lane P.L., Fairfield, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.