I really enjoy Scott Simon. I look forward to his Saturday show on NPR and am delighted that one of his many talents is writing books. This one is of particular interest to me since I grew up in the Windy City. The title refers to the politics of Chicago rather than the meteorology. Politicians there have a lot of wind and exercise their verbosity on a regular basis. This story starts with an unlikely murder and the subsequent election by the 50 Chicago Aldermen (and women) to fill the post. Chicago is one of the most diverse cities in the country and each ward is unique in its nationality and politics. The willingness of ward politicians to really be a part of the lives of their constituents is unique to Chicago. This book is fiction, but the subjects are drawn from real life. It is a true testament to the diversity of people and politics that makes Chicago run like a “smooth machine”. Windy City
If you like his style of writing, try “Pretty Birds“, a novel about Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, 1991-1995.