Streetwise Chicago cops take down a rising gang leader.
Cabrini Green is a Chicago housing project notorious for gang activity. Fresh out of the joint, banger Alonzo “Lonnie” Huggins gets a criminal promotion and a cache of kilos as a reward for his fidelity to the gang. Riding high, he returns to his home turf in Cabrini and beats up his girlfriend Latricia, whom he suspects of cheating on him. Latricia immediately calls Stacey Macbeth, a street cop who works the Green with his partner Mike Zito. They’re an unconventional pair. (To get over a romantic breakup, Zito’s just gotten a tongue stud, and it’s giving him speech problems.) Macbeth and Zito snag Lonnie, dumping him right back in the county jail, but they underestimate him. Lonnie calls in a quartet of thugs—Boo, Dease, Early and Pookie—and from behind bars engineers a brutal revenge on Latricia. In the process, a hapless security guard named Wendell Chaney wanders into the crime-in-progress and pays the price. When Macbeth and Zito learn what Lonnie has pulled off, they hit the streets to make things right. All the while, Case ratchets up the suspense by jumping from the cops to the cons to the victims to the fearful loved ones of all of these groups.
This grim and gritty procedural, veteran cop Case’s fiction debut, earns extra tension via short chapters with timelines. Watch for the series.