Makro, the world’s largest ride-hail service, has a human resources problem. A gunman is methodically murdering their drivers in Chicago.
Det. Mark Bergman is dealing with core competency and personal fulfillment issues: His recently acquired celebrity status as the city’s most lethal cop is messing with his work, and his recently acquired love life is a transatlantic disaster.
Meanwhile, the American Gun Association is having no problems at all. They’re funding a flashy multimedia campaign to eliminate Illinois’ handgun permit restrictions, and it’s working perfectly.
Then there’s the racist militia, a paranoid snitch, a tense fundraiser at the Lyric Opera and Liechtenstein’s banking regulations.
Don’t let’s confuse fiction with reality and suspect for a moment that the American Gun Association in Lenny Kleinfeld’s new novel Shooting Lessons is based on or inspired by the National Rifle Association… It grabs you by the shirtfront and drags you through its dark and increasingly blood-spattered shenanigans like something engineered for max adrenaline and engagement. – Wayne Alan Brenner, writer for The Austin Chronicle
Another bulls-eye for Lenny Kleinfeld. He targets celebrity culture and the gun lobby with a lethal weapon: his wit. Shooting Lessons is so good, so mordant, so wildly imaginative that you don’t want these cops to get their man a moment too soon.- Jacki Lyden, author of the international bestseller, Daughter Of The Queen Of Sheba
Great work–This might be what Mark Twain would sound like if he wrote crime. – Jeffrey Siger, New York Times acclaimed author of the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mysteries
I’m a fan of hard-boiled detective fiction and mysteries. Lenny Kleinfeld’s latest book, “Shooting Lessons” really hit my sweet spot. Like Robert Crais’ Joe Pike and Elvis Cole, Kleinfeld’s Mark and Doonie of the Chicago PD are totally engaging characters. The novel is tight, suspenseful and, well—it’s incredibly funny! The writer’s smartass humor and cynicism really made it an especially enjoyable read. To wit, consider this: “As they walked to the car Doonie asked, through a yawn, ‘Want me to drive?’ ‘Only if you’re also gonna drink, text and fix your eye shadow while you fall asleep at the wheel.’
But here’s the thing you don’t see with Crais, Connelly, or other masters of Kleinfeld’s craft. Shooting Lessons offers a sharp political critique of the NRA and gun-rights movement and culture without ever becoming even a little bit polemical. It lampoons Second Amendment nuts in a thoroughly clever and entertaining way, all the while taking us on a thrill ride to a violent and satisfying conclusion. – Michael J. Bader