- Series: Detroit Trilogy S,
- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556909756
- ISBN-13: 978-1556909757
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5 x 2.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,516,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
rather ,it is the first in what has become a regular series exploring the history of the city from the Prohibition era onwards
It is set in 1928 and the narrator is Constantine Minor -known as"Connie " -an journalist on the Detroit Banner .The framework of the book is his testimony to a Grand Jury investigation into organised crime and racketeering in Detroit as well as police corruption within the city .Minor has known all the major gangsters in the city in his time and was involved albeit in a journalistic capacity in running whiskey across the frozen ice from Canada to the States ,as well as playing a role in negotiations to bring peace between the warring gangster factions ,which it is pointed out are also ethnic divisions .
During his testsimony we meet most of the big players on the local crime scene -all are fictional creations but are consistent with the facts of Detroit crime in the prohibition era .The main focus is on the battle between the gangleaders Jack Dance and Joey Machine .Dance is handsome and charismatic while Machine is more the old style hoodlum .Both are ruthless and merciles in dealing with threats to their hegemony .
Estelman paints a convincing picture of the era , a time when the distinctions between the world of high society and criminal society were becoming fuzzy around the edges .Read more ›
Constantine ("Connie") Minor is a Detroit-based journalist who has made a name for himself covering the crime beat in the late 1920s/early 1930s. This was a time in which bootleggers and mobsters carved out Detroit into spheres of influence over which they exerted and established firm control over, not only, the illegal importation of alcohol, but also the numbers rackets, and prostitution. Many of the city's cops often looked the other way, picking and choosing what crimes to solve or ignore (courtesy of a bribe). All the while, Detroit's industrial might (as evidenced by the auto industry) continued to grow, giving the city a dazzling prosperity soon to be tempered by the ravages of the 1929 stock market crash and resulting Depression.
Minor has cultivated a variety of contacts with the city's underworld elements (e.g. Jack Dance, a bold and impetuous bootlegger building his own criminal empire in the city and "Joey the Machine" a powerful and ruthless criminal overlord who will tolerate no challenges to his authority). He brings the reader into the frenzied, at times dangerous, chaotic and colorful lives of the crime bosses, syndicates, police and politicians.
One of the most exciting scenes in the novel is when Minor accompanies Jack Dance and his associates over to Canada one night to pick up several cases of alcohol and convey them back to Detroit across the stretches of the frozen-over Detroit River during the winter of 1930. Amid a flurry of machine gun fire, they barely evade the Prohibition Squad of the Detroit Police Department.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great historical-fiction novel of Prohibition-Era Detroit. If you like the era, organized crime history, or no-nonsense (but very well-written) crime fiction, I definitely... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jim H.
just not I expected....writing seemed disjointed at times....I liked references to streets and parts of town...dgmPublished 21 months ago by david mccabe
I believe the Authors description of how he got his scoops and the type of relationships he had with the aPublished 22 months ago by Jeanette Davies
Being quite familiar with todays Detroit area, this was a fascinating look at what is was like during Prohibition. Thank goodness it didn't tarnish Detroit for long.Published 24 months ago by LJWong
Having never read Michigan author Loren Estleman and being interested in the history of the Detroit underworld, I decided to give this one a shot. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by John_C_Wood
I first read Thunder City, as recommended by a friend who is an avid reader of Estleman, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by D. Hanover
The United States's experiment with Prohibition was a disaster that created more criminals than solved problems. Loren D. Read morePublished on April 21, 2008 by Nash Black