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Calumet City

Calumet City

A novel by

Edgar Awards (nominee)
Macavity Awards (nominee)
Among the most self-assured and sharply crafted debuts in recent years, 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 exterior -- solitary, stoic, loveless -- belies 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.

When a series of unrelated cases -- a 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 wall -- all 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 alive -- and 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 first-time author joins that rare breed whose fiction is suffused with profound authenticity.

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Hardback Editions

August 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Calumet City (Thorndike Crime Scene)
Author(s): Charlie Newton
ISBN: 1-4104-0844-2 / 978-1-4104-0844-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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Paperback Editions

August 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Calumet City
ISBN: 0-553-81872-4 / 978-0-553-81872-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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June 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Calumet City
ISBN: 0-593-05844-5 / 978-0-593-05844-2 (USA edition)
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March 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Calumet City: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Newton
ISBN: 1-4165-3322-2 / 978-1-4165-3322-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Calumet City: A Novel
Author(s): Charlie Newton
Publisher: Argo Navis Author Services
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September 2008 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Calumet City
Author(s): Charlie Newton
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   


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