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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Road Enterprises, LLC (October 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980046122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980046120
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,157,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

SYNOPSIS

Every August over a million people converge on Detroit's Woodward Avenue for the annual Dream Cruise - when a massive array of colorful hot rods, muscle cars, sports cars and classic autos go rumbling up and down a miles-long stretch of steamy asphalt.

But as this year's Dream Cruise approaches, a pall of terror hangs over the Motor City. A crazed explosives expert sets off a series of horrific car, bus, and truck explosions that soon claim hundreds of innocent lives. Then local authorities receive a demand for a multi-million dollar payoff to stop the carnage - or else.

 With the body count rising almost by the hour, FBI agent McCoy Johnson finds himself in one white-knuckled race against the clock after another to identify the bomber and halt the killings. But with time running out, can he stop the Detroit-hating psychopath from turning the Dream Cruise into a holocaust of almost unimaginable slaughter?

WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:

"Captivating psycho murder thriller from the first paragraph to the last sentence. ...A wild ride from start to finish." - cajunmama (Detroit)

"The action is nonstop, the twists keep you spinning, and you can never quite see what's up ahead. Delorey does an incredible job with details." - BookAddict (FL)

"This is definitely a page-turner and one that had me read it way past the time that I wanted to turn off the lights and go to sleep." - MacGruff (Pittsburgh, PA)

"Top notch thriller all the way ... It's strictly racehorse all the way to the taut finale on the day of the Dream Cruise. This one never lets up. A fine thriller." - George R. Johnson (Eden, NC)

"DeLorey did an excellent job with character development. All the supporting characters were fleshed out well, too. The story was extremely fast paced and I loved the storyline and the ending.  ... this was a stellar read and I enjoyed every bit of it." - Cheryl Stout (Southern Oregon)

"A non-stop thriller ...this story will keep you reading into the wee hours of the morning." - Barbara Rhoades (O'Fallon, MO)

I found the story so compelling that I couldn't put it down until I finished it well after midnight.  The plot unfolds nicely, and characters reveal themselves layer by layer.
In addition to the story line itself, I was particularly drawn to the perceptive details, as well as the wry humor and repartee, that spice it throughout." - D. Moffat (The Real America)

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Author's Note
I'm currently at work on two more books with McCoy as my lead character. So if you enjoy "Scream Cruise," stay tuned. There's more on the way.

From the Back Cover

Warning: Get out the defibrillators! This chrome-plated thriller is a potent brew of nail-biting action, explosive violence, snarky humor, bawdy romance, and hair-raising suspense. Not for the cardiac-challenged! ~ Crimebenders.blogspot.com

There are more twists and turns in this supercharged action thriller than a gran prix race track. So don't even bother trying to figure out what's going to happen next - just strap yourself in and enjoy the ride. Blends humor and horror into thriller fiction of the first order. ~ ThrillerFictionBlog.wordpress.com

A high-octane blend of chills, thrills, romance and chuckles, Scream Cruise is most definitely a page-turner. Highly-recommended. ~ a Troy, Michigan reader.

More About the Author

Metro Detroit author Jim DeLorey is a longtime fan of both thriller and humorous fiction. His debut novel "Scream Cruise" was inspired by the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise, Detroit's outrageously massive annual celebration of its automobile culture and history. Jim is currently working on several other fiction projects, among them additional books in his Motor City Thriller series featuring Detroit FBI agent McCoy Johnson, the hero of "Scream Cruise."

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DeLorey did an excellent job with character development.
Cheryl Stout
The plot kept you turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.
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The plot unfolds nicely, and characters reveal themselves layer by layer.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PC Bellfy on December 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
<Scream Cruise> gives you a picture of Detroit that you'll never see anywhere else --at least you'll HOPE that you never see or read anything else like this about our beloved Motown. Unless, of course, Jim DeLorey gets the next installment of this Motor City Thriller Series in print real soon!! The main character, McCoy Johnson, takes the reader on a true tour de force of Detroit and its environs --the author does details like no one else-- and he can write like no one else --this is a first-rate story, by a first rate writer, to boot!! The characters have character --naming the mass-murderer's dog Beelzibub is a stroke of genious, and using the nick-name "Bub" makes it even better. Lots of blood and guts, but lots of humor to temper the madness. It's almost a cliche' --but this is truly a must-read (especially for those familiar with Greater Detroit --or those who would like to become more familiar with the Motor City).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Captain Henway on December 1, 2012
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Reminds me of the Motor City of my youth, with muscle cars and just enough crazy people to keep the place interesting! Back then civilization ended at Eight Mile, and it wan't just a jive-ass movie title!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rhoades VINE VOICE on January 25, 2013
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FBI agent, McCoy Johnson, finds himself desperately trying to stop a crazed killer from ruining Detroit's annual Dream Cruise. This event is held every year and draws over 40,000 autos from hot rods to muscle cars to sports cars to classic autos.

It all begins with the killing of two men returning home from a boy's night out in one of these types of cars. At first, the DPD doesn't think much of it but when they receive a multi-million dollar payoff to prevent further killing, they bring in all the police presents they can.

McCoy finds himself racing from one bombing scene to another to try to save as many lives as possible. Into the mix comes a Mafia bad boy and porn king, William La Borgia or Willie the Pimp, offering to help McCoy stop the killer. Of course, McCoy wonders what La Borgia will gain from his offer so he is leery of accepting his help.

The story is told in a flashback scenario and for those of us who just HAVE to look at the last page before we actually read the book, this is the perfect story for you! Between the killer's agenda, the two men who were put in charge of the investigation trying to grab all the glory and a doctor who has sparked the romantic side of McCoy, this story will keep you reading into the wee hours of the morning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on January 24, 2013
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I don't read a lot of fiction, but with the riveting story line, and the incredible character descriptions, I was captured from the first paragraph to the last. The author displayed immense knowledge in all subplots and how they linked up and integrated with one another; automobiles, the Dream Cruise, the Detroit metropolitan area, munitions, law enforcement. His detail in these areas, and believable character profiles, that were easy to visualize, bonded me to this book until completion. The Dream Cruise brings in a million visitors a year, and it would be nice to get this book in their hands. Although it is fiction, I can see it as a "I was there" book. I did not read it straight through, as time did not permit, but rushed back to it daily as though it was live commentary unfolding before my eyes. As a long-time resident of the area, I can validate the extreme accuracy the author provided as he took us through the various venues and journeys. My only disappointment was the last page, I wanted more. But the good news is, there IS more in the process. (Also, could this be movie material?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George R. Johnson VINE VOICE on January 13, 2013
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Author Jim DeLorey has crafted a thriller set against the background of the Woodward Dream Cruise, an event that happens every year in Detroit on the third Saturday of August. It usually get a million visitors and thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, and classic automobiles, all to celebrate the city's history with the automotive industry.

McCoy Johnson is an FBI agent working out of the Detroit office.

A group calling itself Al Qaeda of Detroit claims credit for a number of bombs going off and slaughtering men, women, and children. They also demand twenty-five million dollars in foreign currency to stop the bombings.

Johnson is suspicious of the Islamic claims. They demand money, not the usual operating parameters of terrorists. But superiors from the home office with connections take over the operation and seem intent on pushing the terrorist agenda, all for their own aggrandizement of course.

As the body count mounts, ten separate bombings in one day, McCoy gets a phone call from the bomber. Two things leap out. The voice is vaguely familiar, he can't place it, and the man has a hatred for both McCoy and Detroit.

It's strictly racehorse all the way to the taut finale on the day of the Dream Cruise.

This one never lets up. A fine thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By potsie on December 1, 2012
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I love books that wrap a good tale around developing their lead characters into flesh and blood people. DeLorey handles this with a passion found in few authors. Smart cop vs. smart bad guy, hint of psychic twist, wrapped around real places and events kept me engaged throught the spectacular end scene. More! I gave it to my favorite kid for Xmas.
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