Taught Thriller - Until the End
Published in May of 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf
I have read three of Michael Kelly's five books. I found the first one I read (#3 in the Michael Kelly series) to be gritty but very solid. I was disappointed in the third Michael Kelly book when it went over the top with a man-made plague devastating Chicago. But, when I saw this one was not a Michael Kelly book I jumped on it. Just to let you know, Michael Kelly is in this book, he just is not the main character.
The book is based on a real-life class at the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism that re-investigates criminal cases in which they believe that the defendant was wrongly convicted. Three students are brought in to this summer's program and they change the parameters a bit. Rather than re-opening a case, they decide to solve an unsolved murder. Once they start digging they start to be pressured from all sides - their professor is against it, the police are using very dirty tricks and it looks like there is a cover-up in the works when key evidence goes missing or gets stolen.
This one seemed to be a solid mystery thriller until the end. The final reveal of the conspiracy was so over the top that it just ruined the book for me.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Amazon Vine program.
I rate this book 3 stars out of 5.
Reviewed on May 16, 2013
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