Story based in Chicago - need title

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  1. GreenDocNowCiv

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    70's-80's era Sci-Fi plot set in near-future Chicago. Economy is bad, lots of cops, economy of all countries run by genetically enhanced big headed kids protected by cops. Hero is unemployed and becomes part of a resistance to this new system. The resistance teaches all recruits martial arts and meditation.
     
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    dannymcg Raoul Mitgong won't help

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    Do you mean big headed as in conceited or as in the banjo player in Deliverance?
     
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    Dan, my man,

    The kids were large-headed physiologically, and odd. At one point a couple of them order the cheif of police to show them two people having sex. This is in a large residential/recreational combination police station in Chicago. The top cop is very embarrassed for the two youngsters, but they run everything. It shows how seperate they are from the humanity they are running. This was written at a time in the 70's when we had been going through years of growing inflation along with growing unemployement. That was the scene in the book as well.
     
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    dannymcg Raoul Mitgong won't help

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    Guess # one...

    Children of the Thunder by John Brunner
     
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    Danny,

    From this fan review on "Goodreads," I gotta say both "no, but thanks for looking" along with that I will check this early Brunner novel out. I include a partial excerpt of the fan review. This site won't let me post the the link:

    "...1990s Britain is on the verge of total collapse due to economic and ecological disasters around the world. A fascist government is on the verge of taking complete control.

    Researcher Claudia Morris discovers disturbing patterns in children crimes and reporter David Levin senses a potential story. They soon discover that these kids aren't just simple juvenile delinquents but something more. Each of these kids possess a strange power of charm."

    Wrong side of "the pond." But I really like Brunner, and that kind of "strange new bunch of kids" idea alway has some appeal for me. So you have given me a new book to search out and explore!

    Meanwhile, thanks again for any efforts in finding my story set in Chicago, USA.
     
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    dannymcg Raoul Mitgong won't help

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    No probs.
    I didn't find the review showing it was Britain based.
    I only saw a blurb about hyperintellingent kids who start to take over.
    BTW the story has sequels (I think!) so maybe their power spreads geographically...

    The search goes on....
     
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