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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Thunder City by Loren D. Thunder City Detroit 7 by Loren D. Thunder City presents Detroit in the process of becoming the Motor City.
Harlan Crownover, scion of a great family of carriage makers, battles with his father to invest in a company run by Henry Ford, who has failed twice before in the automobile business.
Desperate for funds, Harlan turns to Big. Jim Dolan, the Midwest's most powerful political boss, and Sal Borneo, a visionary mafioso struggling to bring the commerce of vice into the new century. Allies at first, they soon will be mortal enemies. At the crisis, only Edith Hampton Crownover, Harlan's troubled, aristocratic mother, will be in a position to shift the balance of power. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 13th by Forge Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Thunder City , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This is the final book of the seven book Detroit Crime Mystery series. Each book is in a different decade in the 20th century. Oddly enough, although this was the final book of the series, it actually covers the first decade. I understand that Estleman initially intended for this to be a three book series but I guess he got carried away.
The only character common to all seven books is the City of Detroit.
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There are some individuals and families who appear in more than one book. Estleman has writt This is the final book of the seven book Detroit Crime Mystery series. Estleman has written quite a few other books and may be best known for his Amos Walker Mystery series with 22 books.
I have not read any of those books yet. In fact, although I grew up and lived the first thirty years of my life in southeastern Michigan, I was not familiar with this author until I discovered this series through my participation in GoodReads.
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Being familiar with the Detroit area is definitely a plus when reading this series but I think there is enough meat to interest any reader who likes historical fiction with a bit of a crime focus. I am very pleased to have made the discovery and will try some of the Amos Walker books in the future. The book has only 31 ratings and 2 reviews on GR, possibly owing to the fact that it has generated only limited interest due to its geographical focus on Detroit. The series definitely attracted me because of that focus.
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I do think that the books in this series have an interest beyond those only interested in Detroit. For example, Thunder City deals with the start up of the automotive industry, one of the factors that made Detroit a boom town for the first half of the 20th century. As historical fiction, it captures life at a moment in time when the foundation of a major city was being constructed. Two significant industries in Detroit at the turn of the century were stove making and carriage making.
Crownover Coaches and Michigan Stove Company made families rich. Harlan Crownover, the second son, wanted to invest money with Henry Ford who had an idea for an automobile. Detroit had a host of ethnic populations who each had their own part in the city. The Polish had their enclave of Hamtramck. Corktown was the home of the Irish. East of central belonged to the Germans.
Greektown had its own place. It was said that while the Poles worked and the Germans learned and the Irish stole, the Greeks ate. Salvatore Bornea of little Sicily was known as Sal Borneo. There will be familiar names from car history. Although this means we are unable to do a computerized search to see if we have a specific title in stock, merchandise is organized and located by our team of knowledgeable, red apron-clad store employees.
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