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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (September 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601459106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601459107
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,878,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MEGAN CLARE JOHNSON, a Detroit native, is an author who reaches out to make us think, and experience a wide range of emotions through her unique voice. Motor City Murder is the first "City Murder" installment in the thriller series. Megan will be directing her original screenplay "Stealing Roses" in 2010. She resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two Bengal cats.

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Megan Clare Johnson was born in Detroit, Michigan and received her B.A. in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Exploring the pitfalls and triumphs of human nature, Megan is a writer who reaches out to make us think, and experience a wide range of emotions, through her unique voice. She especially enjoys giving us a relatable perspective on our daily lives. Consistently creating strong characters, with a sharp ear for dialogue found in her books and screenplays, Megan's meaningful and mirthful writing delivers stories we can savor and enjoy.

Motor City Murder, is Megan's debut thriller novel. This is the first installment of a series based around the hard-hitting female private detective Deanna Dopp.

Megan pursued her love of storytelling by editing and producing films/videos in Chicago and Detroit before relocating to Portland, Oregon where she lives with her husband and two Bengal cats. Megan enjoys hiking and mountain climbing in the Northwest and on her excursions to the Austrian Alps, the Italian Dolomites, and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Andrijeski on October 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I found this to be a fast paced, action-filled book, but with an undercurrent of depth that puts it a cut above most I've read in this genre. The main character, Deanna, is a gritty, believable heroine from a Polish Catholic family in Detroit, and at the start of the book she has relocated to Portland, Oregon after being run out of the Detroit police force on a trumped up charge. She is forced to return home when her mother is killed in what looks like a random hit and run, but when she gets back to town, she not only discovers that there's more to the story than the Detroit police reported, but that she has a half-sister she never knew existed. Deanna and her old partner on the force, Gabe, team up with her newly discovered sister to find out the truth about what happened to their mother, and what it has to do with the corrupt local police, her mafioso Polish uncle, her half-sister's mysterious African-American father, and the Mayor of Detroit.

I have to say, I loved the insider's look into Detroit, a city I knew almost nothing about before reading this, other than what I've seen in the news. The novel and its characters really convey the feel of the city itself, which in many ways is the real main character of the book, with the variety of colorful characters displaying as types to illuminate the culture and its tensions. Given everything that is happening in Detroit right now, I found this to be really timely, in that for me it really personalized some of the grief behind what has happened to this once great city, (which used to be compared to Paris, I found out - which kind of blew my mind, frankly!), as well as the long history of ethnic and racial tensions and the uniqueness of the world its locals inhabit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Great plot. And readers will get to like, even care about, the two main characters: Deanna and Gabe.

However, I think in a few instances, the author could have thought through some of the dialog a little better and used language that the characters would actually use. Nonetheless, I believe that Motor City Murder could be the first on Megan Clare Johnson's list of successes in this series. I'll be watching for the next installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Borgula on July 30, 2010
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Good summer read. Hard to put down for long periods, I always wanted to read some more to see what happens next. I'm from the Motor City and the book is full of references to the city, both physical and political. Great book. I will watch for more books from this author.
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