The Detroit Electric Scheme

By: Johnson, D. E.

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New York: Minotaur, 2010. First printing. Fine/fine. Signed by D. E. Johnson on the title page. Set against the fascinating backdrop of the burgeoning electric car industry and filled with strong historical detail and dozens of real-life characters, this sure-handed and accomplished debut takes readers back to 1910 Detroit.

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Will Anderson is a drunk, heartbroken over the breakup with his fiancee, Elizabeth. He's barely kept his job at his father's company---Detroit Electric, 1910's leading electric automobile manufacturer. Late one night, Elizabeth's new fiance and Will's one-time friend, John Cooper, asks Will to meet him at the car factory. He finds Cooper dead, crushed in a huge hydraulic roof press. Surprised by the police, Will panics and runs, leaving behind his cap and automobile, and buries his blood-spattered clothing in a garbage can.

What follows is a fast-paced, detail-filled ride through early-1900s Detroit, involving murder, blackmail, organized crime, the development of a wonderful friendship, and the inside story on early electric automobiles. Through it all, Will learns that clearing himself of the crime he was framed for is only the beginning. To survive, and for his loved ones to survive, he must also become a man.

"The Detroit Electric Scheme" is populated with fascinating characters, both real and fictional, from a then-flourishing Detroit: The Dodge brothers and Edsel Ford come to life, interacting with denizens of the sordid underbelly of the Motor City, such as Vito Adamo, Detroit's first Mob boss, and Big Boy, the bouncer at a saloon so notorious the newspapers called it "The Bucket of Blood." This expertly plotted debut delivers with great research, wonderfully flawed yet likable characters, and a shattering climax.

Title: The Detroit Electric Scheme

Author Name: Johnson, D. E.

Categories: Fiction-Mystery,

Edition: First

Publisher: New York, Minotaur: 2010

ISBN Number: 0312644566

ISBN Number 13: 9780312644567

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: fine Jacket

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 8328

Keywords: -Electric automobiles -Automobile industry and trade-Murder -Investigation-Detroit (Mich.) -Detective and mystery stories-Historical mystery novels -Mystery fiction-Historical fiction