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Edsel (Detroit Crime Mystery #4)

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Hired to promote the new American dream car, a former reporter finds himself mired in a deadly conspiracy against a union boss and Ford Motors itself
It’s only been two decades since Connie Minor was on top, but it feels like centuries. Once a journalist, Minor spent Prohibition with his finger on gangland’s pulse, a confidant of every rumrunner, boss, and triggerman in Det...more
ebook, 246 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published March 1995)
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Larry Bassett
It's been a while since I have started a book one day and finished it the next and loved it the whole time.

Uncle Tom bought an Edsel in the late 1950s. He drove it to a family event at Aunt Carol and Uncle Chet’s house on Blind Lake in Michigan. http://www.lakeplace.com/lakefinder/m.... The lake was one of the Michigan “muck” lakes which meant you had to get out to the raft in the middle of the lake to swim. I remember the big smile on Uncle Tom’s face when he drove up in the Edsel. All the cous...more
Connie Minor, who last occupied a primary position in the Estleman Detroit Historical Crime Novel Series (i.e. "Whiskey River") as a popular journalist in the latter years of Prohibition Era Detroit, returns here as a journeyman in advertising, far removed from past glories. It is the 1950s and Detroit, like the nation, is prospering under the postwar bubble, which on the surface, seems to have risen all boats. Connie is offered an opportunity to hitch his lot to a star with a top advertising jo...more
Years ago at a flea market, I found an old magazine advertisement for the Edsel. The tag line was "The EDSEL look is here to stay--it has the new ideas next year's cars are copying." Well, the look was not here to stay; the entire division vanished in a few years, and the name "Edsel" went on to be synonymous with failure in the car world. I often wondered not only what Ford was thinking, but what an ad agency could do when faced with such an impossible task as making an unattractive car interes...more
John Machata
Written in 50s style. Too flowery at times, but plausible plot. Fun view of Detroit post WWII explosion.
1958 revisited! Great background, great Ford family and Teamsters fleshing-out.
Lots o patter, but nothing worth remembering, just like the car.
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Loren D. Estleman is an American writer of detective and Western fiction. He writes with a manual typewriter.

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