Motor City Burning: A Novel

Motor City Burning: A Novel

by Bill Morris


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From the critically acclaimed author ofMotor City,Detroit comes alive in a powerful and thrilling novel set amidst the chaos of the race riots and the serenity of Opening Day.
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.
Bill Morris's rich and thrilling new novel sets Doyle's hunt amid the history of one of America's most tortured and fascinating cities, as Doyle and Willie struggle with Detroit's deep racial divide, with revenge and forgiveness – and with the realization that justice is rarely attainable, and rarely just.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605985732
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Pages: 321
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Bill Morris is the author of the novels Motor City and All Souls' Day. He is currently a staff writer with the online literary magazine The Millions, and his writing has appeared in Granta, the New
York Times, The Washington Post
Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Popular Mechanics and numerous other newspapers and magazines. Bill grew up in Detroit and now lives in New York City.

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Motor City Burning 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Elinor-Nelson More than 1 year ago
Motor City Burning is a good book.  It careens around a fully and lovingly remembered Detroit a year after the 1967 race riots.  Besides being an entertaining read, the book is satisfying.  It ends well; leaving you with a vividly captured time and place that is fundamentally American.