From page one of THE FIFTH FLOOR, a follow-up to 2007’s
THE CHICAGO WAY, it is evident that former police officer Michael
Kelly is no ordinary private eye. When Kelly’s ex-lover,
Janet Woods, shows up at his office wearing sunglasses to conceal
her battered face, Kelly slides a book of poetry across his desk.
He then translates for Janet the first line of an ancient poem
written by Catullus: “Odi et amo” --- I hate
and I love.
It’s not the first time that the
well-read PI has tried to convince Janet to break free
from the cycle of abuse, take her teen