by Loren D. Estleman

Follows the experiences of Charlie Battle, an African American rookie policeman, who joins an elite undercover squad known for its shoot-first philosophy and its anti-Black prejudice.

  • Series: Detroit
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.62
  • Pages: 10
  • Publish Date: April 30th 1997 by Mysterious Press
  • Isbn10: 0446403679
  • Isbn13: 9780446403672

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This novel, the fifth in the 'Detroit Crime Mystery Series', begins at a party on New Year's Eve 1972, at the Grosse Pointe estate of the Crownover-Ogdens, one of Detroit's prominent philanthropic families. (After all, moonlighting was strictly forbidden.) Enter Charlie Battle, a young African American cop who was posted to Special Investigations to uncover the truth behind the attempted Grosse Pointe robbery. But, in truth, both resent Battle and seek to undermine his investigation at every turn, one of the cops going so far as to share with Kubicek some details from said investigation.

This is the fifth of seven books in the Detroit Crime Mystery series found at If you want to read nice things about the police, this book is not for you. There are a few threads from other books in the series but reading them in order is of only minor importance. Charlie Battle is assigned to the police investigation team as the token black. The book makes it clear that the third man was indeed innocent and is being railroaded by the police. This is an author that I have dependably found hard to put down and l look forward to the next book. Another Estleman book that I read pretty non-stop in two days.

To top it off, as if living here isnt punishment enough, over the last ten to twenty years or so we Detroiters have had to adjust to the realization that the three things we do best build cars, kill each other, and rupture the worlds eardrums with a crude yet swinging prototype of the rawk that pulsates with the belch of the citys smokestacks and the beat of its machinery have been co-opted, respectively, by the Japanese, the residents of either St. Louis, Missouri, Washington, D.C., or Jamaica, and - with all apologies to John Sinclair - a guitar army of Scandinavians who refuse to accept that Johnny Thunders, Fred Sonic Smith, and Mick Ronson have all checked into the Wooden Waldorf. Feh At least we have Estleman to chaperone us in the wayback machine to a kindler and gentler Motor City (thats called sarcasm), his prose bristling with this lunchpail burgs shot-and-a-beer-you-talkin-to-me?-take-this-knuckle-sandwich-and-.38-shell-as-a-token-of-my-affection attitude, rattling off a litany of Detroit touchstones like the London Chop House, Sinbads, Jac LeGoff (Its 11 oclock.

realizing it was a mistake, but pressure from the black community is pushing them all into cover-up mode. The prevailing mood of the black community is, as one tells Battle, "I believe you when you say you're here to find out. It was enough to make Battle nostalgic for Amos 'n' Andy." I remember watching the Mod Squad only a couple of times when it was on TV so I poked around a bit and discovered it was considered by some to be high social commentary, a celebration of anti-authoritarian youth.

Series: * Amos Walker Mystery * Valentino Mystery * Detroit Crime Mystery * Peter Macklin Mystery * Page Murdock Mystery