Book review: When A Rook Takes The Queen by Edward Izzi

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Pub date January 5, 2021

ISBN 979-8590671687

Price $19.95 (USD) Paperback, $0.00 Kindle edition

Gripping, thrilling, and full of surprises, Izzi’s latest reveals the mayhem that lurks behind the cunning facade of corrupted bureaucracy and religious figures. When the gutsy Janice Kollar, Chicago’s first woman mayor, is assassinated brutally, all hell breaks loose. Chicago Tribune Reporter Larry McKay is assigned to look into the case by his boss. Larry’s investigation leads him to the unlikely pair of the former grand chess master and now Catholic priest, political activist Fr. Colin J. Fitzgerald and organized crime boss Anthony ‘Little Tony’ DiMatteo. With powerful enemies out to get him, Larry must tread carefully or risk losing his life. Izzi capably balances his large cast of characters and their connecting stories, and the narrative ties that bind the various characters stay intact over the story’s course. Well-constructed interplay among the main characters, especially the bond between Fitz and Tony DiMatteo and the romantic tension that lingers between Larry and Talia keep the reader turning pages fast. Izzi skillfully weaves multiple plot strands, including gang violence, racism, police brutality, corruption into the affecting narrative. Sharp insights and expert pacing compliment the plausible, shocking plot twists. The lovers of political thrillers won’t want to miss this intelligent page-turner.

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