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(The second book in the Detroit series)
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Publisher's Weekly
The second installment of Estleman's Detroit trilogy ( Whiskey River ) is terrific: fast, intricate and often funny. Choreographing the movements leading to the August 1966 Detroit riots, Estleman focuses on three main characters: Rick Amery, an ex-cop hired to spy on a Ralph Nader-like consumer advocate; inspector Lew Canada, trying to prevent a war between the Mafia and black gangs, and a likely race riot; and Quincy Springfield, numbers racketeer and ''blind pig'' (after-hours club) operator. But the author does not stint on minor characters, and they, too, leap off the page. A crippled mob boss resolves to oust ''the coloreds'' from the rackets while his exiled father schemes to reclaim the family business; there's also a retired newsman right off The Front Page , plus a Jimmy Hoffa-type labor leader. Set pieces are no less than stunning, notably a publicity stunt to embarrass GM chairman James Roche, and a big black funeral. Period details work wonderfully as well: the clothes, cars, songs, political references, even the price of lamb chops at the A & P are right on the money.

Library Journal
Motown is Motor City, the Detroit of Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler, the Detroit of street hogs, blind pigs, union bosses, and tough cops. It's a rough town, rife with dirt, crime, and corruption, its steamy streets redolent of whiskey, blood, and sweat. This is the second volume of a trilogy ( Whiskey River , Bantam, 1990, was the first) tracing the history of the city from the bottom up. It's the summer of 1966. A Nader-like consumer advocate is just starting to take on the automobile industry. The ghetto is near to boiling. The mayor has the presidential itch, and a local mobster is making a bid to take over the black numbers racket. The story follows the actions of a former police lieutenant as he becomes a consumer advocate, and a black entrepreneur as he becomes the pillar of Detroit's black resistance. Is it good? Listen, Estleman knows crime fiction in ways that Bo can only dream about.-- David B. Mattern, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville

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Hardback Editions

August 1991 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Motown (Detroit Crime Series #2)
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
ISBN: 0-553-07421-0 / 978-0-553-07421-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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Paperback Editions

May 1992 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Motown
Author(s): Loren D Estelman
ISBN: 0-553-29728-7 / 978-0-553-29728-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crimeline
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Audio Editions

October 2012 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Motown (Detroit Crime)
Author(s): Author Loren D Estleman
ISBN: 0-7927-8831-1 / 978-0-7927-8831-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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October 2012 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Motown: Detroit Crime Series, Book 2
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2012 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Motown: Detroit Crime Series, Book 2
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 1995 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: Motown (Detroit Crime Series #2)
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
ISBN: 1-55690-809-1 / 978-1-55690-809-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Motown (The Detroit Novels)
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
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