Books by Thomas McCall

BEYOND ICE, BEYOND DEATH by Thomas McCall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 18, 1995

It's been a long fall from grace for NASA physicist Edward Boyes and his lover, Russian programmer Irina Varonyev, since they collaborated on the Phobos I project that sent two defective space probes to investigate the moons of Mars. Now, Varonyev languishes in a Moscow prison, and Boyes has been found shotgunned in a wintry swamp in Lincoln Park. The Chicago police have beaten a confession out of a local street kid, but Lt. Nora Callum, whose patrol car was shot at minutes after she dropped Varonyev's friend and colleague Olga Berggolts at the airport for her flight back to MIT, doesn't believe Eugene Easter has a clue about the murder or anything else. Nora is going to have a tough time, though, going up against her ham-handed boss when she's already under an IA investigation for killing an unarmed suspect—the suspect she thinks shot her prostitute friend Paris Viveka's bail-jumping new boyfriend.... Lots of familiar moves in Nora's second case (following A Wide and Capable Revenge, 1993), but Nora and the police work both have a welcome edge, and there's real tenderness in the doomed Phobos romance. Try finding that combination under any other rock in Chicago. Read full book review >
A WIDE AND CAPABLE REVENGE by Thomas McCall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

When Eva Ramirez is shot four times through the confessional door in Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, one-legged Lt. Nora Callum takes charge of the investigation. Battling officious Chief Raymond (``Smilin' Ray'') Melchior, Nora and her partner, easygoing Art Campbell, soon link the shooting to the case of Semyon Lugotov, a Russian ÇmigrÇ who's killed shortly after he complains that a mysterious fat man is stalking him—and whose corpse is then, in a bizarre twist, taken from its drawer in the morgue and hung from a hook. Who would have wanted Lugotov not only dead but desecrated? The answer, Nora finds after some smart police work, lies, rather improbably, with her elderly babysitter. Though it runs out of mystery before it runs out of pages, this is a likable, fast-moving debut for McCall and his appealing heroine, who seems well placed for a series. Read full book review >