Ray Dudgeon is a Chicago private investigator with an attitude. In his short career he has been involved in more shootings than 99% of policemen whose job it is to serve and protect. And yet he has been cleared on all of them and still has his PI license. This in itself is a major life's accomplishment. In this, Chercover's first novel, Dudgeon takes on the task of protecting a mid-level Hollywood studio employee who has insulted a Chicago Outfit's made man. Not wanting to ruffle any gun-toter's feathers, Dudgeon is very cautious about agreeing to take this client. He has just met a very nice nurse who is not overly excited bout his chosen profession. In fact, she wants their relationship to go to the next level, but she gives him the ultimatum: find a new career or a new woman. This is an enterprising 1st novel. The writing is crisp and the characters are well-developed and gritty. I was a little disappointed that for being based on characters living in Chicago, the story didn't have a lot of Chicago details. It could have been written with by someone who was knowledgeable using Google Maps.