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What would have made The Chicago Way better?
The performance by Stephen Hoye is okay, the story is just terrible. It follows a pattern of detective novels that is easy to pick up on. A good author could have taken that template and made something work with it. This is just poorly done, and not worth the time.
Another problem is that it takes place in Chicago in 2006, but reads as though it's supposed to have happened in the 1940s or 1950s. A lot of the places described in the city are exaggerated and most of the characters are so far over the top that it's hard to really get into the story. As a first school effort for someone trying to write a novel, this might be okay, but it's really just a bad story, and you can see the ending coming right from the opening. I know that foreshadowing is something a lot of writers like to do, but it's way to obvious here.
Did Stephen Hoye do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
He did an okay job, but I think it was dragged down by the bad story.
What character would you cut from The Chicago Way?
All of them.
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