After Visiting Friends

after visiting friendsAfter Visiting Friends

Michael Hainey
Hardcover, 320 pages

The obituaries said that Michael Hainey’s father had died suddenly on Chicago’s North Side “after visiting friends.”  Michael was six-years-old (his father had been just thirty-five) and all through his youth and into adulthood he obsessed about the circumstances of his father’s death. When he himself reached his mid-30’s he began the task of unraveling that mystery. It took almost ten years, but the resulting story is not only a first-rate whodunit, but an intimate portrayal of his family and its secrets. Hainey, a journalist himself, provides a gritty view of the Chicago newspaper business of the mid-20th century. This is how a memoir should read!