Book review of Suitcase Charlie – Readers’ Favorite: Book Reviews and Award Contest

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite Suitcase Charlie by John Guzlowski is a gritty noir story of murder. On May 30, 1956, a suitcase is discovered in Chicago. Inside that suitcase is the chopped up body of a little boy, a body that has been drained of blood. Detective Purcell and Detective Bondarowicz are given the case but, before they can make much headway, more suitcases appear. The detectives have their own demons to face, but it doesn’t stop them from searching every corner of the city to find their murderer. Their investigation takes them to dangerous places, to confront dangerous people from both sides of the track. Will they find their killer before another child is found, or will they be too late? Suitcase Charlie by John Guzlowski is based on a true story, a story of murder from Chicago in the 1950s. I found myself gripped by Suitcase Charlie from page one and read the book right through, almost without stopping. Mr Guzlowski has captured the era perfectly, the racism that existed, the grittiness and the dark side to life. The book ended in exactly the way it should have done and in a way, I suspect, that reflects reality, not just then but maybe now to a certain extent as well. Mr Guzlowski covers anti-Semitism, the real horrors of surviving WWII, and the effect it had on the refugees from the war. The detectives in the story face being hampered in their investigation by bureaucracy and, to a certain extent, the racism of their commanding officers. This is an excellent story, very well written and highly gripping. I recommend it to anyone who likes noir or crime genres.

Source: Book review of Suitcase Charlie – Readers’ Favorite: Book Reviews and Award Contest

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s