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Detroit Is Our Beat : Tales of the Four Horsemen
by Loren D. Estleman


Overview - The place: Detroit. The time: World War II.
While most of the police department is fighting overseas, the four men of the Racket Squad struggle to keep a lid on a powderkeg stuffed with draft-dodging troublemakers, Black Market gangsters, enemy saboteurs, and a mixed bag of racial and ethnic groups working uneasily side by side in defense plants run by the automobile industry.
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Overview
The place: Detroit. The time: World War II.
While most of the police department is fighting overseas, the four men of the Racket Squad struggle to keep a lid on a powderkeg stuffed with draft-dodging troublemakers, Black Market gangsters, enemy saboteurs, and a mixed bag of racial and ethnic groups working uneasily side by side in defense plants run by the automobile industry.
With blackjacks, brass knuckles, tommy guns, and their bare fists, Lieutenant Max Zagreb, Sergeant Starvo Canal, and detectives McReary and Burke--known collectively as the "Four Horsemen"--battle their way through ten gritty stories in the hardest-boiled town during the twentieth century's hardest-boiled decade.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781440588440
  • ISBN-10: 1440588449
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 256


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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - General
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-03-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

Set in Detroit during WWII, the 10 irresistible crime stories in this collection from Shamus Award–finalist Estleman (Jitterbug) focus on a tactical squad in the Detroit PD known as the Four Horsemen. The squad tackles off-beat cases ranging from a racially motivated murder (“The Latin Beat”) to an extortion threat aimed at crooner Frank Sinatra (“Get Sinatra”). Best in the book is “Sitting Ducks,” in which the Horsemen themselves become the targets of a complicated murder scheme. An energetic researcher steeped in the history of Detroit, Estleman fills every page with authentic period details about such things as the rulings of the Office of Price Administration, counting red stamps before making a purchase at the local butcher shop, and the nearby Chrysler factory converted from building automobiles to assembling tanks. Readers will have fun ferreting out a couple of minor historical errors. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (May)

 
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