From the critically
acclaimed author of Motor City, Detroit comes alive in a powerful and
thrilling novel set amid the chaos of the 1960s race riots and the serenity of baseball’s opening day.
Willie Bledsoe, once an idealistic young black activist, is
now a burnt-out case. After leaving a snug berth at Tuskegee Institute to join
the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he has become bitterly
disillusioned with the civil rights movement and its leaders. He returns home
to Alabama to try to write a memoir about his time in the cultural whirlwind,
but the words fail to come.
The surprise return of his Vietnam veteran brother in the
spring of 1967 gives Willie a chance to drive a load of smuggled guns to the
Motor City—and make enough money to jump-start his stalled dream of writing his memoir. There, at Tiger Stadium on Opening Day of the 1968 baseball
season—postponed two days in deference to the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr.—Willie learns some terrifying news: the Detroit police are still
investigating the last unsolved murder from the bloody, apocalyptic riot of the
previous summer, and a white cop named Frank Doyle will not rest until the case
is solved. And Willie is his prime suspect.
Bill Morris’ rich and thrilling novel sets Doyle’s hunt amid
the history of one of America’s most tortured and fascinating cities, as Doyle
and Willie struggle with Detroit’s deep racial divide, with revenge and
forgiveness, and with the realization that justice is rarely attainable—and
rarely just. Download and start listening now!