About the Book
Author: John Guzlowski
Genre: 1950’s Historical Fiction Thriller
Length: 384 pages
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Synopsis: May 30, 1956. Chicago
On a quiet street corner in a working-class neighborhood of Holocaust survivors and refugees, the body of a little schoolboy is found in a suitcase.
He’s naked and chopped up into small pieces.
The grisly crime is handed over to two detectives who carry their own personal burdens, Hank Purcell, a married WWII veteran, and his partner, a wise-cracking Jewish cop who loves trouble as much as he loves the bottle.
Their investigation leads them through the dark corners and mean streets of Chicago—as more and more suitcases begin appearing.
Based on the Schuessler-Peterson murders that terrorized Chicago in the 1950s.
When a suitcase turns up in a Chicago park with the dismembered body of a little boy the city is on edge, but as more suitcases begin to appear people are downright terrified. Hank and his partner Marvin are sent to interview neighbors and generate leads, but Marvin's unorthodox behavior and lack of soberness get the pair thrown off the case. Hank, however, has a gut feeling and knows they're close to catching the killer. With Marvin backing him up, the detectives disobey orders and follow a hunch. Can Hank and Marvin stop the killer before more children fall victim to the heinous acts?
I am a big fan of historical fiction and this thriller became a fast favorite of mine. Based on the real life Schuessler-Peterson murders, Suitcase Charlie is a chilling tale whose ruthless killer is motivated by hatred and fueled by ignorance. The crimes are so atrocious that I welcomed the comic relief brought on by Detective Marvin's wild antics. He just randomly disappears as Hank was investigates or interviews witnesses, always turning up drunk or in a compromising position. Hank is a loving family man and a great cop who seeks justice above all else. The differing personalities between the two main characters work well for the story and add to the believeability. The fast moving and well contrived plot had me completely immersed in this riveting crime tale.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
About the Author
His poems also remember his parents, who survived their slave labor experiences in Nazi Germany. A number of these poems appear in his books Language of Mules, Lightning and Ashes (Steel Toe Books), and Third Winter of War: Buchenwald (Finishing Line Press).
Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz, reviewing the Polish translation of Language of Mules, for the journal Tygodnik Powszechny, said, “This volume astonished me.”
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