Dennis Foley- The Blue Circus: A Chicago Story


In THE BLUE CIRCUS, award-winning author Dennis Foley offers a wild romp through assorted Chicago neighborhoods, dive bars, shady political deals and more that only an insider can tell. In Foley's story, Danny Lonigan, a disbarred attorney, gets a job as a City of Chicago electrician with the help of his union boss big brother and attempts to earn an honest paycheck and stay clean. But once he befriends mob-connected city worker, Jimmy "the Hat" Scarpelli, Danny Lonigan's world will never be the same. From Roger's Park to Hegewisch, from the mayor's office to tiny Street's and San yard lunch rooms, at times tender, often humorous, and always gritty, THE BLUE CIRCUS offers insight into the politics of the City of Big Shoulders and the Lonigan family as its members fight to survive.

A life-long Chicagoan, Dennis Foley is the author of two award-winning screenplays and two books, The Streets and San Man’s Guide to Chicago Eats, and The Drunkard’s Son. The Blue Circus is Dennis’ first novel. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College-Chicago, and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. Over the years, Dennis has had the pleasure of working as a bouncer, prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, dog-walker, electrician, beer-line cleaner, teacher, and coach. In addition to working on his craft, Dennis founded and runs a lacrosse program for Southside kids and still uses his legal skills on occasion to keep his