David Mamet goes gangbusters in riveting Prohibition-era novel 'Chicago'
David Mamet's dialogue has long had the metronomic power of a Tommy gun, which is fitting for Chicago, his splendid new tale of mobsters and newspapermen.
The playwright and screenwriter's first novel in more than two decades, this 1920s-set murder mystery takes Mamet back to the Prohibition era of his hometown. Chicago (Custom House, 332 pp., ★★★½ out of four) is a story of lost love, obsession, revenge and the need for truth shared by old-school gumshoes and reporters alike. The fact that it's proudly soaked in hooch, prostitution and gangland crime only makes it that much more... read more