Sunday, September 16, 2012

Book Review - DETROIT BREAKDOWN by D. E. Johnson

By D.E. Johnson
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About The Book
Will Anderson and Elizabeth Hume are called to the vast Eloise Insane Asylum outside of Detroit, where Elizabeth’s cousin Robbie is a patient and now a murder suspect. The victim, like three others before him at the asylum in recent months, was killed with the infamous “Punjab lasso,” the murder weapon of the Phantom of the Opera.

Certain of Robbie’s innocence, they begin an investigation with the help of Detective Riordan. Will has himself committed to the asylum to investigate from the inside, and Elizabeth volunteers at Eloise and questions people outside the asylum. While Will endures horrific conditions in his search for the killer, Elizabeth and Riordan follow the trail of a murder suspect all the way to Kalamazoo, where they realize the killer might still be at Eloise, putting Will in extreme danger. They race back to Detroit, but will they arrive in time to save Will and bring the killer to justice?

Filled with Johnson’s trademark roller-coaster plot, nuanced characters, and brilliant historical research, Detroit Breakdown is a compelling, dark mystery set in the once- flourishing Paris of the West.

Lynda's Review: 
This is a new author for me and he will definitely be moved to my 'Will Read Again' list. Detroit Breakdown is his third mystery and it is a great blend of history and fiction. And what an interesting era and place, Motor City in the early 1900s. And what a sinister setting for murder and intrigue, an insane asylum, which the author fills with perfectly hateful characters that keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow this mystery to its conclusion. The asylum takes on an even more sinister feel when you realize that many of the procedures and attitudes described could have really taken place in that time period.

For you mystery lovers who like to be scared throughout your reading experience, you'll find that author D.E. Johnson can deliver SCARY on a large scale. 

I give this mystery and its author five stars 

About The Author
D.E. (Dan) Johnson's literary debut, a historical mystery entitled The Detroit Electric Scheme, was published by St. Martin 's Minotaur in September 2010. The sequel, Motor City Shakedown, was published by Minotaur in September 2011. Dan is a history buff who has been writing fiction since childhood, but had to hit his midlife crisis to realize he should get serious about it.

He and his wife, Shelly, have always encouraged their children to make their dreams a reality - and it finally occurred to him to do the same. After taking classes, reading everything about writing he could find, and writing for hours every day, he hit on the right subject and genre, and wrote a book that Loren Estleman calls "A LES MISERABLES for the American experience."

The early Twentieth Century, a time of big ambitions, huge achievements, and crushing poverty, holds a special fascination for him. Dan comes by his interest in automotive history honestly. His grandfather was the Vice President of Checker Motors, beginning work with Checker in 1924 and continuing until 1980. Fortunately, Dan doesn’t come by his interest in murder the same way.

After spending his childhood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Dan graduated from Central Michigan University and owned a business in Grand Rapids, Michigan for many years. He is married, has three daughters, and once again lives near Kalamazoo. He’s currently working on the second sequel to The Detroit Electric Scheme.
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  1. This sounds very interesting. I love a good mystery. Going to be adding this one to my to read list.
    Sue B

    1. Sorry I forgot to put I would love to win this book.