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Book review: “The Screaming Mimi” by Frederic Brown

Book review: “The Screaming Mimi” by Frederic Brown

I knew ahead of time the solution to the puzzle that Frederic Brown’s on-the-wagon Chicago reporter Bill Sweeney was trying to solve in The Screaming Mimi, and I still found the book’s ending to be quite effective. To back up a moment: Earlier this year, I watched the 1958 crime noir movie based on Brown’s

Book review: “The Screaming Mimi” by Frederic Brown
Book review: “The Screaming Mimi” by Frederic Brown

I knew ahead of time the solution to the puzzle that Frederic Brown’s...

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Book review: “The Pelican Brief” by John Grisham
Book review: “The Pelican Brief” by John Grisham

As I was finishing John Grisham’s 1992 gripping legal thriller The Pelican...

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Book review: “The Osterman Weekend” by Robert Ludlum
Book review: “The Osterman Weekend” by Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum had a knack for writing successful and very popular thrillers...

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CHICAGO BORN & BRED
Patrick T. Reardon is a Chicagoan, born and bred. He is a writer, essayist, poet and expert on the history of Chicago. He is the author of ten books and has been writing about the city, its region, its planning issues and literary scene for more than 40 years. For much of that time, he was an urban affairs reporter and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune, delving deeply into social issues, public policy questions and the interconnections within the Chicago region.

 

He was the primary reporter and team leader on a wide variety of in-depth multi-part series on such subjects as the urban underclass, Chicago’s public school system and the middle-class migration out of the city. He has written extensively about his Catholic faith in articles and essays in a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as in several books. His essays and poems have appeared widely in the United States and Europe.

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