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Book Title: Whiskey River|
The author of the book: Loren D. Estleman
Date of issue: July 11th 1991
ISBN 13: 9780356200392
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 465 KB
Read full description of the books Whiskey River:This book and the six others in the series take place in Detroit, Michigan. I grew up near Detroit so that is the draw for me. I enjoy reading books that happen in familiar territory. Each book covers one decade from the 1930s to the 1990s. In this first book the protagonist, a newspaper journalist for a fictitious Detroit tabloid The Banner, tells the stories of the mobsters in the city, gathering information by talking with his sources on the battlefields of the underworld and befriending some of them. He does not become a criminal but is commonly immersed in his stories.
It’s 1928, and America is thundering along on wheels made in Detroit, a city growing by leaps and bounds. And while New York and Chicago are just waking up to the bloody hangover of Prohibition, Detroit itself has already been there for a year – filling its bathtubs with bootleg booze and its pockets with cash. This carved-up pirate’s paradise is newspaperman Constance ‘Connie’ Minor’s territory, and he couldn’t have picked one more dangerous.
Whiskey River is historical fiction published in 1990. Some of the events and people are a real part of Detroit history but the main characters are fiction. It is reminiscent of The Untouchables TV series broadcast from 1959 to 1963 that chronicled the mob activities in Chicago.
There was no Jack Dance, no Joey Machine, no Sal Borneo, or Frankie Orr; saddest of all, there was no Connie Minor. But people like them existed in the city, and the situation in Detroit during the years 1919-1939 was as reported.
Thirteen years is a long time. That’s how long prohibition was in force in the United States. But there was no prohibition in Canada, just across the Detroit River.
Prohibition in the United States was a national ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol, in place from 1920 to 1933. The ban was mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and the Volstead Act set down the rules for enforcing the ban and defined the types of alcoholic beverages that were prohibited. Private ownership and consumption of alcohol was not made illegal. Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, on December 5, 1933.
Whiskey River is a good story that captures one era in the history of Detroit. The Mob made a comeback with the success of the HBO series The Sopranos that ran from January 1999 through June 2007.
To feel what we felt, those of us who were there, you had to have been there too, and to have been like us, when the river that glittered on the border between the United States and Canada seemed to match the honey glow of the liquid gold that flowed across it when we were all too young and stupid and full of piss and rotgut to believe for one second that it would never stop flowing.
You get to know a lot of unsavory people through this book, people who kill other people. You will probably find that you like some of them. You see the story through the eyes of Connie Minor, a journalist who sometimes cooperates, sometimes joins and sometimes protects the Detroit mobsters. The life he chooses is a complicated and dangerous one. I enjoyed reading about it.
I give Whiskey River four stars and expect to read more books in this Detroit Crime series written by Loren D. Estleman and published in the 1990s. Copies of used books in the series are available online.
Read information about the authorLoren D. Estleman is an American writer of detective and Western fiction. He writes with a manual typewriter.
Estleman is most famous for his novels about P.I. Amos Walker. Other series characters include Old West marshal Page Murdock and hitman Peter Macklin. He has also written a series of novels about the history of crime in Detroit (also the setting of his Walker books.) His non-series works include Bloody Season, a fictional recreation of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and several novels and stories featuring Sherlock Holmes.
* Amos Walker Mystery
* Valentino Mystery
* Detroit Crime Mystery
* Peter Macklin Mystery
* Page Murdock Mystery
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