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In the throes of Prohibition-era Detroit, one reporter follows the gripping and violent life of a man who helped keep the booze flowing

Like nowhere else in America, Detroit flourished during Prohibition. The constant flow of liquor from across the Canadian border made Lake Erie a war zone, and lined the pockets of the men who ran the Purple Gang, the Unione Siciliana, and the Little Jewish Navy. As the mob bosses got rich, they mingled with the upper crust like never before. But Prohibition was more than just a boon for gangsters. For newspapermen, it was a dream come true.
 
It’s 1928, and the Detroit Times’ Connie Minor knows every thug, moll, and triggerman south of Eight Mile. He’s drinking rotgut whiskey in a speakeasy on Vernor when he meets Jack Dance for the first time, and watches as the preening young hothead joins Joey Machine’s mob. Over the next few years, the two mobsters will fight a battle for the soul of Detroit’s underground, and Connie Minor will be there to cover every shot.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Loren D. Estleman including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

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While I'm across the river in Windsor, the "provincial village" as described in the novel, I'm at least passing familiar with the book's locales. But what impresses me even more than the deep sense of place is a strong feeling that I'm experiencing the times. Team those factors with a pretty engaging plotline and you have a very rewarding read. DM
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