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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Loren D. Estleman Narrator: Ezra Knight Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Detroit Crime Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781482983999
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By 1972 Detroit had earned the title of Murder Capital of America. STRESS (Stop The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets) was supposed to change that. STRESS undercover police decoy units produced instant results. As in dead young black men, a black community more outraged and aggrieved than ever before, and a series of bloody shoot-outs that reached spectacular—and sometimes tragicomic—new heights. Into the middle of a cauldron of violence and extremism steps Charlie Battle, a bright young black cop and the nephew of a former pro-wrestler.

Battle’s job is to investigate a shooting by an out-of-uniform officer in a posh society mansion that left three men dead, one of whom, Battle is sure, was an innocent victim of circumstances. Hand-picked for the job, Battle knows he’s been chosen to fail. But that doesn’t stop him from trying.

What he finds on the streets are guns, alienation, and a fugitive black revolutionary who has become so infamous the FBI will not touch him—even though he is on its most wanted list and even though the feds know exactly where he is. As the militant’s foot soldiers plan to heist the daughter of one of Detroit’s richest families, Battle is caught between armed black power and a police department that may be even more violent. He knows it’s only a matter of where the shooting will erupt next and who it’s going to kill.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Through grittily precise detail of character and place, Estleman compresses the subsequent action, which revolves around kidnapping and multiple murders, into a tightly paced yarn that reads like a taut docudrama.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fine installment in an innovative series.” 

    Booklist

  • “The result is as rich and reeking a portrait of Detroit as Estleman (Edsel, 1995, etc.) has written, with violence and moral chaos threatening every collision between the characters, and haunting most of them individually as well, till the remarkable (and fact-based) courtroom climax. Don't look for any mystery about which of the cast members is guilty—they all are—but enjoy this as a peerless exercise in style, an evocation of a dirty page in urban history, and a brutal descent into 'any civic architect's picture of hell.' ”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Author Loren D. Estleman

Loren D. Estleman is a former Detroit-area newspaperman and an award-winning author of mainstream fiction, Westerns, criticism, and mysteries. He has written more than sixty books and hundreds of short stories and articles and has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. His detective fiction has earned four Shamus Awards, a Barry Award, and two American Mystery Awards. His Western fiction has earned the Elmer Kelton Award, five Spur Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, two Stirrup Awards, and a Popular Fiction Magazine Outstanding Writer Award. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Western Writers of America, the Private Eye Writers of America, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Arts Alliance of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

About the Narrator

Ezra Knight has appeared in Law & Order and many national commercials, including those for Bank of America and Excedrin. He also has extensive stage experience, which earned him a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his role in Rita Dove’s The Darker Face of the Earth.