In the harsh early winter months of 1872, while Chicago is still smoldering from the Great Fire, Irish Catholic detective Frank Hanley is assigned the case of a murdered Orthodox Jewish rabbi. His investigation proves difficult when the neighborhood’s Yiddish-speaking residents, wary of outsiders, are reluctant to talk. But when the rabbi’s headstrong daughter, Rivka, unexpectedly offers to help Hanley find her father’s killer, the detective receives much more than the break he was looking for.
Their pursuit of the truth draws Rivka and Hanley closer together and leads them to a relief organization run by the city’s wealthy movers and shakers. Along the way, they uncover a web of political corruption, crooked cops, and well-buried ties to two notorious Irish thugs from Hanley’s checkered past. Even after he is kicked off the case, stripped of his badge, and thrown in jail, Hanley refuses to quit. With a personal vendetta to settle for an innocent life lost, he is determined to expose a complicated criminal scheme, not only for his own sake, but for Rivka’s as well.
Finalist for the ForeWord Reviews IndieFab Awards in the Mystery category
Named a Notable Book in the Page-Turners category by Shelf Unbound magazine
Praise for Shall We Not Revenge
“The ominous title of Pirrone’s fine historical mystery, taken from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, suggests the bleak mood in Chicago’s Orthodox Jewish community after the devastating fire of [1871.…Pirrone] has painted a complex and intriguing portrait of her native Chicago, with a mix of crime, religion, and cultural division in a time of despair.” —Publishers Weekly
This “deeply nuanced mystery is bolstered by fine writing and historical detail.” —Kirkus (starred review)
“A meticulously penned historical mystery, Shall We Not Revenge weaves complex characters into an intriguing plot. The sophomore novel from D. M. Pirrone is a gripping mystery that troubles the very notions of innocence and guilt. [It] is an eminently consumable and intelligent read…Pirrone is deft at bringing her characters to life, drawing each with a nod to the complexities around which personalities grow…The flaws in the best amongst her characters make them seem all the more real, and readers will be caught in tides of sympathy. Questions of right and wrong propel the mystery toward its conclusion, with intriguing results…Pirrone recreates a roiling time period in Chicago with skill, paying homage to the cultures of those at its margins. Both Irish and Jewish communities have an authentic feel, without the characteristics of either being overdrawn. Just enough Hebrew is woven in, with just enough evocation of the old country included. Even Pirrone’s character descriptions have a fresh quality, with one pieced together from a “dewlapped neck” and a splotch of a mouth. In such ways, Pirrone’s pages evince strong authorial discernment, and her care makes the novel’s last pages all the more satisfying.” —Michelle Anne Schingler, Foreword Reviews
“Pirrone creates a strong sense of place—both within Rivka’s tight-knit Jewish community and in the struggling, postfire city of Chicago.” —Booklist
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FICTION/ Mystery & Detective/ Historical
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