We All Fall Down

  • by Michael Harvey
  • Narrated by Stephen Hoye
  • 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Chicago cop turned private investigator Michael Kelly is racing to save his city from a deadly new foe: a biological weapon unleashed underground.
When a lightbulb falls in a subway tunnel, it releases a pathogen that could kill millions. While the mayor postures, people begin to die, especially on the city’s grim West Side. Hospitals become morgues. L trains are converted into rolling hearses. Finally, the government acts, sealing off entire sections of the city—but are they keeping people out or in? Meanwhile, Michael Kelly’s hunt for the people who poisoned his city takes him into the tangled underworld of Chicago’s West Side gangs and the even more frightening world of black biology—an elite discipline emerging from the nation’s premier labs, where scientists play God and will stop at nothing to preserve their secrecy.
It’s a brave new world . . . and the most audacious page-turner yet from an emerging modern master.


What the Critics Say

“Harvey shows how a thrilled focused on bioterrorism should be done in his outstanding fourth novel. . . . The complexity of the plot never overwhelms the narrative flow in this utterly persuasive view of a present-day apocalyptic nightmare.” (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

too many plots that don't interconnect.

What would have made We All Fall Down better?

It should have been two books. It's almost film noire with the drugs and dealers, the hero trying to sound like a '50's detective without success.

What was most disappointing about Michael Harvey’s story?

Plot about drugs and dealers does not interact well with biological and governmental crisis. The book is just two confusing, and neither plot, jumping back and forth, was interesting enough to make you finish the book. The female protagonist was enough to turn you off at any rate. Don't they make polite women anymore? Nothing but ball busting and obnoxious remarks -- you certainly can't tell from her speech that she is supposed to have a Ph.D.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

narrator's voice was fine.

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- Drina

A killer ride through Chicago

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great book for all Michael Harvey fans. Make sure you read The Third Rail first since this is more of a part 2 than a stand alone novel. Still, his books are amazing. He gives you all the ingredients you need, and then starts cooking a complex and intense mystery. You think you know where the story is going and it veers off into an alley filled with danger and deceit. You won't want to put this book down.

What did you like best about this story?

The main character, Michael Kelly, reminds me of old time dectectives. He hunts down the answer no matter how his life is affected.

What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is easy to listen to and to me sounds like Michael Harvey should.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A deadly pathogen release isn't the most dangerous issue in Michael Kelly's Chicago. Will he have time to find out what is?

Any additional comments?

I recommend you read the Michael Kelly mysteries in order, and when you do you will be eager to read We All Fall Down.

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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio