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Motor City Shakedown (Detroit Mysteries) Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Set in Detroit in 1911, Johnson's vibrant follow-up to The Detroit Electric Scheme delivers razor-sharp depictions of the motor city. . . . Johnson brings the turbulence and rampant corruption of the era to life through his flawed yet tenacious lead in this worthy successor to his debut."
"(Johnson's) clever weaving of history with intriguing characters makes for an exciting read."
“...the scenes of the Motor City, riding high on the industrial wave, are extraordinarily vivid...” ―The New York Times
“If Dennis Lehane was from Detroit, this is the book he'd write. The Motor City was once the most important city in the world, and D.E. Johnson does a masterful job at making that time and place come alive on the page. Motor City Shakedown is as hard and tough and downright noir as anything I've read in recent memory, but it's got a beating heart, too.” ―Steve Hamilton, Edgar Award-winning author of The Lock Artist
“Johnson's vibrant follow-up to The Detroit Electric Scheme delivers razor-sharp depictions of the motor city. Johnson brings the turbulence and rampant corruption of the era to life through his flawed yet tenacious lead in this worthy successor to his debut.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Johnson's...clever weaving of history with intriguing characters makes for an exciting read.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Violent, suspenseful, and complex, Johnson's shakedown in Detroit sucks the breath out of readers rushing to the cliff's edge with Will and Elizabeth. This gritty new series is a good match for James Ellroy and George Pelecanos fans...” ―Booklist
“...Johnson's superb historical noir...is more engaging, more complex, and more violent than its predecessor.” ―Gumshoe Review
“This is a superb violent historical noir that brings to life the Motor City one century ago. The meet me in Detroit story line is fast-paced but it is the cast who makes for a terrific action-packed tale especially Will. With tidbits of history interwoven to anchor time and place, readers will enjoy riding the Anderson Electric Car driven by D. E. Johnson.” ―Midwest Books Reviews
“The surprise ending leaves you gasping and shaking your head at Johnson's masterful plotting and the menacing tension that forces otherwise good characters to behave despicably. Every bit as powerful as Patricia Highsmith's Ripley series, this gem of a debut showcases an author to watch very closely.” ―Booklist (starred review) on The Detroit Electric Scheme
“A empathetic hero and an abundance of interesting historical detail should keep readers engaged.” ―Kirkus Reviews on The Detroit Electric Scheme
“Full of nonstop action, plot twists and turns, and great insight into the early history of the United States car industry, this debut is part coming-of-age tale and part historical mystery. Essential for historical fans.” ―Library Journal on The Detroit Electric Scheme
“Absorbing.” ―The Seattle Times on The Detroit Electric Scheme
“Johnson is so skilled a writer that the race for supremacy between the manufacturers of electric and gasoline-powered automobiles is every bit as exciting as the chase through the streets of Detroit to find a ruthless killer. This remarkable debut novel will give you a thrilling ride, and leave you wanting more.” ―Historical Novels Review (Editor's Choice) on The Detroit Electric Scheme
“D. E. Johnson’s terrific debut brilliantly captures the dangerous underbelly of 1910 Detroit’s fast-growing automobile industry. A well-plotted mystery filled with memorable characters and taut suspense, The Detroit Electric Scheme makes for a compelling read.” ―Stefanie Pintoff, Edgar Award--winning author of In the Shadow of Gotham and A Curtain Falls, on The Detroit Electric Scheme
“Johnson makes a stunning debut, taking us to a time and place so very different from our own--and yet so very much the same.” ―Victoria Thompson, author of Murder on Lexington Avenue, on The Detroit Electric Scheme
“D. E. Johnson's impeccable research drives this crackling tale of murder set in Detroit's infant auto industry. . . . The Detroit Electric Scheme jolts you into a dangerous world of suspense and intrigue.” ―Rebecca Cantrell, award-winning author of A Trace of Smoke, on The Detroit Electric Scheme
About the Author
D. E. Johnson, a graduate of Central Michigan University, is a history buff who has been writing fiction since childhood. He comes by his interest in automotive history through his grandfather, who was the vice president of Checker Motors. Johnson lives with his family near Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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Top customer reviews
This book moves along a brisk, satisfying pace and Mr. Johnson has an uncanny ability to pull the reader straight into the room with his characters with the perfect mix of "too much" and "just enough" description. Poor Will's various injuries are also related in a very realistic way. I will admit I had to go back and check on some names as it was a little dense with characters (as real life tends to be) but I lost track of all the players at certain points in time. The eventual reunion that Will and Elizabeth experience was poignant and fraught with anxiety and tension that felt real. My only complaint is that Elizabeth is feeling a tad 2-dimensional to me BUT I hear I will get her POV in the next book so…onward!
But as with book one, which I adored, I was sucked right into Will and Elizabeth's adventures in their "immigrant clothes" as they attempted to make sense out of the inherent chaos that was the street warfare between Detroit immigrant Italian families. I look forward to more, and have already downloaded the 3rd book.
A "go buy it but read the first book first and plan to read the rest too" recommendation.
We, my wife / me (kindle) and father in law (hardback), are all hooked. We are especially enjoying the mystery mixed with early 20C history.
I now get infuriated when see Chevy Volt ads, knowing that 100 years ago, high mileage battery powered vehicles roamed the earth.
Roger H. Evanston, IL.
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