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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: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 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: #5,785,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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