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Motor City Shakedown (Bright and Fletcher #1)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  127 ratings  ·  29 reviews
When a Detroit local is arrested during a deadly police siege, newly-minted defense attorney Issabella Bright rushes off to take the case. Unbeknownst to her, so does Darren Fletcher, a hard-drinking lawyer who runs his office out of the city's strangest bar. Issabella and Darren form an unlikely partnership as they uncover a murderous police conspiracy bent on destroying...more
ebook, 252 pages
Published February 3rd 2012 by Createspace (first published December 11th 2010)
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Being from Detroit, this book was of interest to me from the get-go. Also, being from MI - I liked the characters travelling to the UP (Upper Peninsula), brought back memories of my home state. That being said, this is a legal/mystery book, not on par with Grisham or others like him; it was somewhat predictable but interesting none the less.

I read that the author was most interested in creating strong characters that bounce off one another throughout the story. Izzy (recently passed the bar, pro...more
A semi-alcoholic male lawyer and a female lawyer prone to panic attacks team up to defend a shady character accused of killing a police officer.

But things aren't that simple. The cop he shot was part of a police gang importing and selling heroin and they were coming to kill the man before he could rat them out to the FBI.

I gave this book 2 stars, but 1.5 would be a more accurate rating.

I really never connected with the main characters - Darren Fletcher and Issabella Bright - mainly because the m...more
Darren Fletcher is criminal defense lawyer who has fallen on hard times, drinking too much and seeking redemption. Isabela Bright is a fledging private practitioner, struggling to survive as a sole practitioner, and she suffers from anxiety attacks and a crisis of self-confidence. They both show up to unethically solicit the same potential client's case, after a Detroit local is arrested for killing a police officer. Fletcher and Bright cobble together a defense team to represent the accused. So...more
Issabella Bright is a new young lawyer who has been existing by doing reviews and edits other lawyer’s works. When a man is injured in a swat raid of his house and he is accused of killing one of the officers she decides she will try to become is defense counsel. When she arrives at the hospital and tries to get in to see the injured man, the policeman at the door sends her packing. No leaving but waiting sown the hall she sees a man, rumpled and looking like he was coming off a bender and had s...more
Motor City Shakedown
by Jonathan Watkins

When a Detroit man is arrested during a deadly police siege, rookie defense lawyer Issabella Bright rushes off to take the case. Unbeknownst to her, so does Darren Fletcher-- a reckless, hard-drinking lawyer who runs his office out of the city's strangest bar. Forming an unlikely partnership, Issabella and Darren are soon confronted by a murderous police conspiracy bent on destroying their client. Issabella must stay alive long enough to clear her client's...more
Kevin Bowser
I love good characters. And this one had great characters.

The story begins with a police raid that goes bad - very bad. And the bad guy ends up in a hospital and in a coma. And we all know that nothing brings out lawyers like a poor victim of what may be police brutality. And Isabella Bright, a fresh faced and naive young attorney shows up at the hospital looking to gain a client and there runs into Darren Fletcher, a "once was" reckless and hard drinking lawyer who thinks this case may put him...more
I enjoyed reading this book. It is well written and the main characters have depth. The story line around the corrupt cops is rather unlikely though, even more towards the end of the book. I also feel the cop story isn't quite finished, a little bit rushed at the end. I cared enough about the main character at the end of the book to want to read the second and third books in the series. I would have liked to see a little bit more development on the Shoshanna story line. All I can do now is hope...more
deeann linford
A don't waste your time, disjointed effort at writing.

Less than one star. Totally unable to understand why this is even considered on Amazon. A waste of my time to download.
Vincent DiPuma


A trip down the lane with a Bogey and Bacall lots of twist and turns. Give Jonathan a try you will be entertained.
This really started very slowly and it wasn't until somewhere half through that the story picked up. Once it got going it was a good read and kept you on the edge.
Good entertaining story and fun to read if you are familiar with Detroit and environs. I will definitely read the authors other books about this unusual attorney partnership.
solid 4+ stars. enjoyed. Will read others by this author. Loved the Bright & Fletcher characters.
Mar 20, 2014 Mem marked it as to-read
Susan Chapman
I'm a Detroiter and was hoping for a tale that was really tied to this city that I love. Unfortunately, there were only a few passing references to Detroit - some of them inaccurate. Oh well. It was, otherwise, an okay legal thriller.
I read this because it takes place in Detroit, though if the names were changed, it could be anywhere. The plot is rather unlikely, but it is entertaining. I liked it enough to look for other books by this author.

This book is a delightful police procedural. The author set it in Detroit, and has a nice sense of humor, which is what led me to give it four stars. It's a nice beach/vacation read.
Cori Arnold
Excellent, engaging start. I love the characters, but I'm not a hundred percent sure I liked the love story... it seems a little forced. The wit was great, the story and clues were good.
Enjoyable, although I think I may have missed something because the Shoshanna story line didn't seem to get resolved in my mind.
Fun, quick read. One of those "can't put it down books! Will read the next in the series, for sure.
Faye Ridpath
The writing style kept me thoroughly engaged.

I like forward to reading more in this series.
Kathi Defranc
Loved this book,great story with plenty of action. Definitely going to read all in this series!
Ian O'brien
not bad. will end up being a series of 5000 books like a million others out there just like it
Darren and Isabelle - 2 attorneys who are also detectives. Nice sense of humor.
It was very entertaining but the ending seemed rushed.
A decent mystery, I would read more from this author.
Ended in a cliff hanger. I found 8 errors.
Michael Turashoff
Great legal thriller will read more from Watkins
Just so-so....
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Jonathan Watkins lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Art and Children's Literature from Eastern Michigan University and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. A life-long fan of detective fiction, Jonathan is the author of the Bright and Fletcher mystery series. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, who is too good for him. They are blessed with...more
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