The Detroit Electric Scheme

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Detroit in the early 1900s is the setting for a fast paced historical mystery, The Detroit Electric Scheme, written by Kalamazoo area author D.E. Johnson. The book was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Crime Novels of the year, and won a 2011 Michigan Notable Book Award.

Will Anderson is the son of the owner of Detroit Electric, the era’s leading manufacturer of electric cars. One night Will gets a call from a former college roommate, John Cooper, asking Will to meet him at the car factory. Will agrees, but when he arrives at the darkened factory, he finds Cooper dead, crushed by a huge press. Since Cooper was engaged to Elizabeth, Will’s former fiancé, Will becomes the police’s prime suspect in the murder, and they pursue him ruthlessly.

Will’s cat and mouse game with the police involves him in encounters with organized crime, and dealing with hooligans such as the Dodge brothers. Will also has friends in the upper echelons of society- Edsel Ford, for example.

I found the history of Detroit especially fascinating in this book—the beginnings of the automobile industry and the “players” come to life. It also gives a view of the everyday lives of Detroiters around 1910, the well off and immigrants alike.

You can come and hear author D.E. Johnson in person on Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 pm at the Washington Square Branch Library, 1244 Portage St. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Please join us!


The Detroit Electric Scheme

Posted by Nancy Stern at 01/27/2012 08:18:52 AM | 

Thanks, Nancy! Definitely adding this to my 'need to read' list!
Posted by: keith ( Email ) at 1/27/2012 8:40 AM

I started this novel on a three-day trip to Detroit this summer. A great read made even better by being in the city. Johnson has a great feel for location. I can't wait to read the sequals, "Motor City Shakedown" and "Detroit Breakdown."
Posted by: John ( Email ) at 8/24/2013 11:17 AM

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