By Donald Levin of Ferndale
An award-winning fiction writer and poet, Donald Levin is best known for his Michigan-based Martin Preuss mystery series, which includes seven novels to date. His latest effort, Savage City, is a departure, with Detective Clarence Brown at the center. See the Product Description below for details about this book. Please buy all of your books directly from the author or an independent Michigan bookstore.
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Detective Clarence Brown is one of a handful of Black officers in the Detroit Police Department, navigating a thicket of lies and racism to find the killer of a young Black man. Ben Rubin wants to move from petty crime into the ranks of Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang. Elizabeth Waters is a fiercely independent Communist sympathizer who has turned her back on her privileged Grosse Pointe upbringing to join the workers’ fight for a piece of the American dream. Roscoe Grissom is an unemployed auto worker enlisted by the fearsome Black Legion to sow terror as a night-riding emissary of hate.
Against the backdrop of the bloody Ford Hunger March, events hurl these four into the center of a political storm that will change them forever. Savage City spellbindingly captures a key inflection point in the creation of modern American life.