opes and Dreams can propel you through the fire; or they can burn you to death.
1975, Chicago: Coleen Brennan and Bobby Vargas fall in love at age six. At thirteen their secret kills Coleen, breaks Bobby's heart forever, and makes Coleen's twin sister Arleen a runaway who's never found.
Until today. Arleen Brennan reappears in Chicago to vie for the last-chance breakthrough role that has eluded her for two decades as an actress. Bobby never left; he's a gang cop caught in a street war that could derail the city's upcoming bid to host the Olympics.
When Bobby and Arleen collide, their reunion shocks them to their knees. Together they enter a twisted labyrinth of neighborhood secrets, gangland politics and murderous betrayal that threatens to consume everyone it touches.
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.
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