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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
When A Rook Takes The Queen by Edward Izzi is an urban crime suspense thriller that centers around a journalist, a crime family, an Irish Catholic priest, and the game that pulled them all together. To put it in the mildest, most palatable terms possible: the modern city of Chicago is in turmoil. Murders, gang violence, and all manner of brutality are on the rise, taking down a mayor who thought she could change it. Investigative journalist Larry McKay is following the story and it leads him to the rectory of Fr. Colin J. “Fitz” Fitzgerald. It is in this unlikely chess scene that McKay pieces together a partnership theory with the brain and the brawn planning moves almost wholly undetected over the Gentleman's Game. The stakes are highest for McKay who goes from cat to mouse in a chase that is anything but a game. “Your little chess games with Little Tony DiMatteo have now started a crime war amongst the different families within ‘The Outfit.’ They’re out there now, shooting thugs, street looters, and rioters. The gangs in this city, especially the Black Cobras, are now vowing revenge.”
The first thing that jumps out when you start reading When A Rook Takes The Queen is the point-of-view voice. It's strong as it shifts between persons and an omniscient narrator and I can almost hear a slick Chicago accent from everyone I meet in Edward Izzi's book. Larry McKay is relentless and exactly the type of reporter I can root for. The balance between fearlessness and recklessness is razor-thin but Izzi has McKay skating across it like it's his job...because it is. The enormity of what he reveals is multi-dimensional and some of the best parts are when McKay gets into interrogation mode. Thick layers of corruption and incredibly detailed manipulation emerge as Izzi peels them back with restraint. The pacing and plot are excellent but, at its heart, this is a truly character-driven storyline, and Izzi's dialogue is king. McKay has the protag-chops to lead an entire series and it would be incredible to see the drivers that got him there. A prequel, maybe? Checkmate.