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Detroit Shuffle

A Detroit Mystery

By D.E. Johnson

Detroit Shuffle
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  • Hardcover: Sep 2013,
    336 pages.

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Donna Chavez

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Will Anderson gets caught up in the political turmoil over women's suffrage in Detroit Shuffle, the fourth book in D. E. Johnson's 1910s Detroit series.

Detroit Shuffle is the very best kind of amateur detective novel - a complex weave of disparate but interrelated threads that advance then double back on each other in ways that would make a Flemish tapestry artist envious. Mostly-failed engineer Will Anderson has thwarted the murder of suffragist Elizabeth Hume, and is desperately searching for the man who attempted to kill her. On top of that lies the emotional drama of Will's mental disability. He has blackouts, the result of clinical radium treatments he endured during a previous case. This bit of background information, alone, enticed me to read D. E. Johnson's previous novels, although Detroit Shuffle can certainly be read on its own.

It's the fall of 1912 in a city Will refers to as "the Paris of the West": Detroit, Michigan - and with good reason. In 1912 Detroit was the epicenter of something that would truly open great, ...

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