The Innocence Game

By Michael Harvey

From Michael Harvey, Chicago’s best-known crime author and writer of the preferred Michael Kelly sequence, comes anything assorted: a breakthrough right into a darkish global the place the strains among innocence and guilt disappear altogether.

They’re younger, fabulous, appealing . . . and naïve sufficient to think they could make a distinction. for 3 graduate scholars, the particular innocence seminar on the nation’s so much esteemed journalism tuition is meant to coach them easy methods to loose the falsely accused from felony. Little do they recognize an important lesson they’ll study is tips to remain alive.

the 1st day of sophistication for Ian Joyce and Sarah Gold starts off like every different, until eventually a fellow pupil, Jake Havens, pulls a wrinkled envelope from his backpack. within is a bloodstained scrap of blouse from a boy murdered fourteen years in the past and an nameless be aware taking credits for the killing. the single challenge is the alleged assassin is already dead.

by surprise, the category has a brand new task: locate the genuine killer. because the case unfolds, the our bodies and questions start to pile up. 

Why are blameless males being framed?

Who’s been getting away with homicide?

Drawn right into a net of deceit and corruption, the scholars observe they, too, are being hunted. Ian, Sarah, and Jake are shrewdpermanent . . . yet are they shrewdpermanent adequate to stick alive?

From Northwestern’s idyllic campus, to the grittiest corners of Chicago, to the frigid depths of Lake Michigan, The Innocence Game is impossible to resist, harrowing suspense from a author on the most sensible of his form. 

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This what you’re searching for? ” Havens crammed the tape into his pocket and driven deeper into the woods. Sarah held her hand excessive and that i slapped her 5 as I glided by. It took one other ten mins of fumbling sooner than we broke into the particular clearing, bordered through a dismal outcropping of rocks on one aspect and the river at the different. I edged sooner than the crowd and drifted towards the water. Havens warned me to be cautious. He was once correct. I took a fake step and felt the financial institution fall down. My footing went and that i was once by surprise underwater, inhaling black dust. I got here up blowing gusts from my mouth and nostril. Havens’s gentle bobbled within the darkness. I grabbed for it. there has been a hand there. It gripped my forearm and pulled. The dust gave a sucking sound, unwilling to renounce its prize. yet Havens wouldn’t be denied. Sarah watched with no mercy as i used to be kept from myself and laid out at the financial institution. chilly, rainy, and humiliated. quite a bit for being reliable within the woods. “Sorry,” I gasped. “It happens,” Havens acknowledged and brushed off my fall with a shrug. For the 1st time I felt a tingling of “like” for my classmate. “You desire a minute? ” he acknowledged. I shook my head and bought to my ft. Carvings of dust fell off my pants and sneakers. “This should be the place they discovered the pack,” Havens stated, eyes mounted on mine. I took the flashlight from him. My denims and boots squeaked and squelched as I moved. whatever was once crawling down my neck. I knocked it away with the again of my hand and crouched to check the terrain. “What are you searching for? ” Sarah crouched beside me. “I don’t be aware of. ” I dug on the airborne dirt and dust. My arms went in under an inch. “Soil’s skinny. If he killed the boy right here, he couldn’t have buried him. ” I flicked the sunshine up into the tree line. “I wager he may have dragged him into the woods. ” “But he didn’t. ” Sarah trickled a movement of pebbles via her arms. “The police already checked. ” “Why did they cease looking? ” I stated, turning the sunshine in Havens’s path. “According to the usher in, the police officers now think the child may have simply left the area,” he acknowledged. “They’re pursuing ‘other leads,’ no matter what that implies. ” I obtained up and started to stroll alongside the riverbank. conscientiously this time. “Where are you going? ” Sarah’s voice crept quietly beside me. “There may be a place … ” I tracked the curve of the river. After approximately thirty yards, I lower clear of the water and climbed partway up a slope of crumbling granite. I touched a finger to my lips. A ruffle of breeze tickled the tops of the timber and licked on the water’s facet. “He took the boy off the road? ” My voice hovered simply above a hush. “That was once the theory,” Havens stated. I peered up the slope. “He nonetheless may need a spot. ” “A position for what? ” Sarah acknowledged. I regarded again at her. “To be on my own with the physique. ” I grew to become to climb back. Havens undefined. Sarah got here final. 7 It was once Havens who discovered it. A small cleft in a wall of rock, whatever you’d by no means realize at the hours of darkness, until that’s precisely what you have been searching for. We stopped on the mouth of the cave. “I don’t like this. ” Sarah’s voice was once excessive and strained.

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