The Third Rail by Michael Harvey (PB Release)

The Third Rail by Michael HarveyOriginally released in April of 2010, The Third Rail is the third book in author Michael Harvey’s series featuring Chicago Private Investigator Michael Kelly, and there is all kinds of trouble afoot in Chi-town.

Starting with an execution-style murder on an L (elevated train) platform that Kelly witnesses, followed by a second L related shooting across town barely an hour later, The Third Rail quickly pulls the reader into the sense of panic that sweeps through the city of Chicago as it realizes there is a spree killer on the loose.

You can read my full review of The Third Rail here, and check out the great trailer for the book below.

– Contest: Win The Third Rail –

To celebrate yesterday’s release of The Third Rail in both trade and mass market paperback, Kaye Publicity has provided me with 3 copies of the mass market paperback to give away. To be entered to win, just leave a comment below with the name of your all time favorite private investigator/detective from either literature or television. Three winners will be picked using Contest open to US/Canada and runs through March 31st.


The paperback release of The Third Rail is available now from Vintage Crime (ISBN: 978-0307473639).

Michael Harvey is the co-creator and executive producer of the television show Cold Case Files. The Third Rail is the third book in the Michael Kelly series, following The Chicago Way and The Fifth Floor. To learn more about Michael, visit his website.

– The Third Rail: Book Trailer –


  • Sandra

    May 6, 2011 - 10:48 AM

    I wanted to let you know that my prize copy has arrived, thank you again.

  • Elizabeth A. White

    April 4, 2011 - 1:23 PM

    Congratulations to C.A., Lucious, and Sandra on being selected by as the contest winners.

  • Jo Ann Hakola

    March 31, 2011 - 9:21 PM

    Love detective stories. My one of my favorites is Ponzini’s Nameless Detective.

  • Betsy

    March 31, 2011 - 7:50 PM

    I really like Dr. Siri from Colin Cotterhill’s series set in Laos in the 1970’s. The setting is highly unusual, but mesmerizing and I give Mr. Cotterill high marks for bringing the people, setting and political situation to life. If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend them. Thanks for chance to win a book!

  • Sandra

    March 31, 2011 - 7:44 PM

    I’ve always liked Hercule Poirot’s style, maybe because I read all the Christie books so he’s the one I’ve read the most about. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

  • RichardPF

    March 31, 2011 - 7:36 PM

    Mongo, the dwarf detective from the books of George Chesbro.

  • Jarrett Rush

    March 31, 2011 - 7:30 PM

    Favorite of all time? Make me choose and it will be Sam Spade.

  • Craig

    March 25, 2011 - 9:15 PM

    Jim Rockford. I’m dreading the possible remake coming on TV.

  • Erin G

    March 23, 2011 - 11:54 PM

    I have to go with Tess Monaghan.

  • John Kenyon

    March 23, 2011 - 10:53 PM

    Matthew Scudder, hands down. Though, as a newspaper guy, Gruley’s Gus Carpenter and Brad Parks’ Carter Ross are new favorites, too.

  • Marty

    March 23, 2011 - 10:47 PM

    Hmm…I’ve got to go with one of the classics, Amos Walker.

  • Jolie Verzani

    March 23, 2011 - 12:08 PM

    My favorite detective is Gus Carpenter from both “Starvation Lake” and the “Hanging Tree.”

    He seems so believable. A very vulnerable and dear character.

    His love for his mother shows through.

    His passionate loyalty to his friends is so admirable.

    Gus Carpenter – He is the guy!

  • Lucious Lamour

    March 23, 2011 - 10:56 AM

    Favorite Detective? Andy Sipowicz 😉

  • Falise

    March 23, 2011 - 10:45 AM

    Fav. sleuth is Hercule Poirot although I have many runner ups.

  • C.A. Newman

    March 23, 2011 - 10:43 AM

    Sounds like another good one. My god I need a trip to the book store…

    and you seriously want me to pick a favorite?? That’s not easy.
    I think it has to be John Corey (Nelson DeMille). Not only is the guy a kick ass hero, but he’s also a hilariously sarcastic S.O.B.

  • sabrina ogden

    March 23, 2011 - 10:43 AM

    Okay, I’m years behind in my reading (which has a tendency to happen when you let it sit on the back burner for 12 years), so my pick for Private Investigator is Nick Heller. Yes, the dreamy Nick Heller is my pick for favorite P.I. ONLY because out of all the fictional characters I’ve fallen in love with, he’s the only one that has the potential for a long term with relationship. Regardless of how fickle I am, long term relationships are important to a girl like me.

  • Mike B.

    March 23, 2011 - 10:26 AM

    As any fan of detective fiction, it’s difficult to choose just one, but I have to go with Inspector Salvo Montalbano from Andrea Camilleri’s series. Brash, brilliant, and a gourmand.

    • Elizabeth A. White

      March 23, 2011 - 10:30 AM

      I am actually not familiar with that series, but “brash, brilliant, and a gourmand” sounds wonderful. I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for entering. 🙂