The Black Cage
by Jack Fredrickson

Crime reporter Milo Rigg must uncover a brutal serial killer to restore his battered reputation in this first in a gripping new mystery series.

Exposing the botched murder investigation of three young boys has left Milo Rigg’s reputation and career as a crime-reporting journalist in tatters. But when the naked, frozen bodies of two young sisters, Priscilla and Beatrice Graves, are found down a ravine in Chicago months later, there are disturbing similarities. Are the two cases linked, and could this be Milo’s chance to right the wrongs of the past?

Restored to his former reporter role, Milo is back – and he’s asking uncomfortable questions again. Confronted with deception and corruption at every turn, can Milo uncover the identity of a ruthless serial killer and finally rid himself of the black cage that threatens to consume him?


A strong series launch … Readers will look forward to spending more time with the complex, intriguing Milo. This skillfully crafted and richly nuanced crime novel bodes well for future entries

Publishers Weekly

A perfect setup for a procedural, and Frederickson delivers a solid one


Well crafted… sure to garner new fans for this delightfully eccentric detective series

Publishers Weekly on Tagged for Murder

The writing here is splendid, echoing genre veteran Loren D. Estleman, and Dek Elstrom is the kind of guy we genuinely like spending time with

Booklist on Hidden Graves

A satisfyingly hard-boiled crime novel

Publishers Weekly on Hidden Graves

The criminals are clever and the detective even more clever, making Fredrickson’s sixth case one of his best

Kirkus Reviews on Hidden Graves

Fans of hard-boiled detective fiction will find a lot to like

Publishers Weekly on The Confessors' Club

"He (Fredrickson) deftly engages in classic, hard-boiled tropes... — not many journalism thrillers get as much right as this one does."

The Chicago Tribune

Jack Fredrickson

Jack Fredrickson lives west of Chicago. He is the author of eight Dek Elstrom PI mysteries, the first of which, A Safe Place for Dying, was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best First Novel, and one standalone, Silence the Dead. He is also the author of The Black Cage in the Milo Rigg series.

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The Black Cage by Jack Fredrickson is available in the following formats

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The Milo Rigg mystery Series