Motor City Burning

Motor City Burning

Book - 2014
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"Willie Bledsoe, once an idealistic young black activist, is now a burnt-out case. After leaving a snug berth at Tuskegee Institute to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he has become bitterly disillusioned with the civil rights movement and its leaders. He returns home to Alabama to try to write a memoir about his time in the cultural whirlwind, but the words fail to come. The surprise return of his Vietnam veteran brother in the spring of 1967 gives Willie a chance to drive a load of smuggled guns to the Motor City - and make enough money to jump-start his stalled dream of writing his movement memoir. There, at Tiger Stadium on Opening Day of the 1968 baseball season - postponed two days in deference to the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Willie learns some terrifying news: the Detroit police are still investigating the last unsolved murder from the bloody, apocalyptic riot of the previous summer, and a white cop named Frank Doyle will not rest until the case is solved. And Willie is his prime suspect" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781605985732
1605985732
Branch Call Number: MORRIS
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 24 cm

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yafuid
Nov 30, 2014

Pretty weak. The plot relies on that lame old trope of revealing a new previously unmentioned character late in the book (p297 to be precise) in order to resolve the mystery. Bet we can all guess "whodunit?"

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