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Charlie Newton - Author

About the Author

A thumbnail on the Chicago-born author reads like that of one of his characters – a fellow who, in his mid-fifties, has seen a bit more reality than is often healthy but come away with P. J. O’Rourke’s sense of humour instead of angst. Charlie Newton has built successful restaurants and hotels, raced thoroughbreds that weren’t quite so successful and sold television and film in the Middle East to gentlemen who often weren’t. Generally speaking, he’s lived a life in the borderlands (literal and figurative) where stories like CALUMET CITY happen. And survived to enjoy it.

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Other books by Charlie Newton

Traitor's Gate

Traitor's Gate

Author: Charlie Newton Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2015

Calumet City

Calumet City

Author: Charlie Newton Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2012

Among the most self-assured and sharply crafted debuts in recent years, a finalist for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel, and an International Thriller Writers Award, and named the American Library Association's Best Crime Novel Debut of 2008 (one of six),Calumet City detonates a Molotov cocktail of character-driven suspense and ghetto-Chicago intrigue. Meet Patti Black, the most decorated cop in Chicago. On her ghetto beat, Patti Black redefines the word badass. But her steel-plated exteriorsolitary, stoic, lovelessbelies the wrenching legacy of her orphan childhood. Haunted by the horrifying abuse she suffered at the hands of her foster parents, Patti Black sublimates past torments into a meticulously maintained tough-gal persona.Whena series of unrelated casesa drug bust gone bad, a mayoral assassination attempt, the murder of a state attorney, the exhumation of a long-concealed body from a tenement basement wallall point in Patti Black's direction, she finds herself facing the dark truth: You can't hide from your history, no matter how far into the fog you run. For Patti Black, that history didn't die in the tenement wall; it's aliveand riding her down. In researching this electrifying thriller, Charlie Newton rode in the squad car with real-life street cop Patti Black. The result is a powerful fiction debut that captures the precise emotional landscape of one cop's hard-bitten life in the trenches. This author joins that rare bread whose fiction is suffused with profound authenticity.

Start Shooting

Start Shooting

Author: Charlie Newton Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2012

';The best way I can describe the Four Corners neighborhood of Chicago is find a length of rebar, scratch a big cross into the concrete, set your feet solid in the quadrant you like best, lean back, and start shooting.' Officer Bobby Vargas is hard-edged but idealistic, a Chicago cop who stands at the epicenter of a subterranean plot that will have horrific ramifications for both himself and the entire city. Twenty-five years earlier, a gruesome murder rocked the unforgiving streets of Four Corners. Now, suddenly, a dying Chicago paper is running a serial expose on new evidence in that old case, threatening to implicate Bobby and his older brother, Rubena decorated, high-ranking detective and cop- prince of the streets. The smear campaign stirs up decades-old bad blood, leading the Vargas brothers down an increasingly twisted and terrifying path, where the sins of the past threaten to destroy what remains of the truth. As readers and critics discovered in his first novel, Calumet City, Charlie Newton's Chicago is a landscape as brutal and poignant as any in modern crime fictiona multi-faceted, shockingly violent labyrinth of gangland politics, political backstabbing, corporate malfeasance, and, possibly, hope. Start Shooting is a riveting read.