When Michael Kelly is hired by an ex-flame to tail her abusive husband, what looks like a bread-and-butter domestic dispute turns out to be more than he bargained for. The tail leads him to a body and the answer to one of Chicago's most enduring mysteries: who started the Great Fire of 1871 and why. As he explores further he is drawn into a web of corruption and intrigue. A mysterious enemy is out to frame him for murder and rewrite the past he didn't even know he had. Soon Kelly will find himself in the last place he wants to be - City Hall's fifth floor, where the mayor is feeling the heat and looking to silence any investigations. Michael Kelly, the tough-talking Irish cop turned private investigator first encountered in "The Chicago Way", returns in an equally stylish, hard-boiled follow-up that cements Harvey's credentials as heir apparent to Leonard and Chandler.