Chicago-area writer Sam Reaves, author of a half-dozen crime novels set in the Windy City, returns with Mean Town Blues, a gritty thriller about a man who runs afoul of The Outfit and finds himself in the middle of a bloody mob war.
Tommy McLain is a country boy just back from Iraq. Wounded in action, he's been discharged from the Army and finds himself at loose ends. Taking a chance on the big city, he moves to Chicago and tries to make a new life for himself. He gets a job, makes some friends, even meets a woman -- and that's where the trouble begins.
Mean Town Blues is a suspenseful crime story filled with enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing what happens next. The characters sometimes take a backseat to the intricacies of the plot, but Reaves knows how to keep the story moving, making this is fast and entertaining read.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, December 7, 2008