The booksellers at Parnassus Books could not be more thrilled to welcome Michael Harvey to the store for an evening of discussion of his new book The Innocence Game.
The Innocence Game was inspired by the Innocence Project. It begins in an ordinary classroom at Northwestern's renowned journalism school but quickly spirals into the grittiest corners of Chicago. Along with only two classmates—beautiful, strong-willed Sarah Gold and enigmatically brilliant Jake Havens—Ian Joyce has been invited to participate in the Innocence Seminar, an exclusive class for top students.
The seminar investigates wrongful convictions and cold cases; the idealist J-school students are tasked with trying to exonerate the falsely accused. But on the first day of class, Jake introduces a case of his own, the long-ago murder of a young boy, ten-year-old Skylar Wingate, last seen walking home from school, his body discovered three days later in a forest preserve a mile away. His alleged killer was urdered decades ago I jail.
But two cilling clues delivered to Jake’s house, a piece of bloodstained fabric and a blunt, hand-written confession, suggest that the killer is still very much alive, and, in fact, in their midst. As the evidence mounts, the three classmates find themselves drawn into a web of distrust, deceit, and corruption that will leave each of them fighting for their lives.
Michael Harvey is a writer, journalist, and documentary producer.
He is the co-creator, writer and executive producer of the Prime Time Emmy-nominated television series Cold Case Files™ and a former investigative producer for CBS in Chicago. Michael's work as a documentary producer and journalist has won numerous national and international awards, including multiple Emmys and an Academy Award nomination for the Holocaust documentary Eyewitness.
Michael earned a law degree from Duke University, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's degree in classical languages from Holy Cross College.
Michael was born and raised in Boston and graduated from Boston Latin School. He now lives in Chicago with his wife, Mary Frances, and their dog, Maggie. Michael also owns The Hidden Shamrock, home to a great pint of Guinness and a place Michael Kelly likes to frequent.