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Stress (Detroit #5)

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A young black cop goes head-to-head with Detroit’s elite undercover squad when one of its officers is accused of a racially fraught murder
For Paul Kubicek and the city of Detroit, 1972 ends in a haze of blood. A police officer in need of extra work, Kubicek spends New Year’s Eve moonlighting as a security guard at an upscale Grosse Pointe party. Just before midnight, in th
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Published March 27th 2012 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (first published 1996)
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This novel, the fifth in the 'Detroit Crime Mystery Series', begins at a party on New Year's Eve 1972, at the Grosse Pointe estate of the Crownover-Ogdens, one of Detroit's prominent philanthropic families. Paul Kubicek, a hardened and cynical veteran of the Detroit Police Department, is moonlighting as security for the Crownover-Ogdens when 3 robbers gate-crash the party via motorboat from a nearby river. Kubicek kills 2 of the robbers after a short exchange and wounds the third. Kubicek pads h ...more
Larry Bassett
It is the 1970s in Detroit. This is the fifth of seven books in the Detroit Crime Mystery series found at If you want to read nice things about the police, this book is not for you. Stress is about a barrel of bad apples. You might not have a hard time counting all the good apples on one hand. They just sink into the background with the exception of Charlie Battle. You will remember his name from book four where he was a child in the 1950s being raised b ...more
Dr. Detroit
Oct 24, 2011 Dr. Detroit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up in Detroit in the 60’s and 70’s, a time when we figured this place couldn’t possibly get any worse. So much for prescience…

In the forty-some (very) odd years that’s ticked off the clock in the Murder City since the Me Decade – the time and setting of Loren D. Estleman’s “STRESS” (an acronym for Stop The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets, a controversial undercover crime-fighting program deployed back in the day using cops as decoys) - nothing much has changed around here, at least not for
Officer Charles Battle has a problem. Picked to join the internal affairs investigative team because he's black, he is actually taking the investigation of an officer shooting seriously. Sgt, Kubicek a decorated cop and a member of S.T.R.E.S.S., was working as a security guard for a large party at one of Grosse Point's society mansions, in violation of departmental policy. During an attempted robbery, he courageously shoots two of the robbers, both armed, and then thinking he sees another one fl ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and realistic for time period. Language. Audio narrated clearly, with empathy by Ezra Knight (?sp). Recommend for history and mystery buffs.
#5 in the Detroit series.

Detroit novel - After three men are shot by Paul Kubicek, an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard, during an attempted robbery at a posh New Year's Eve party, the Detroit Police Department greets 1973 by declaring that Kubicek was working undercover for STRESS (Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets), a notorious "police crackdown squad." Even so, the DPD can't bury the fact that the three men Kubicek shot were the only blacks at the party, and that only two of
Dec 20, 2014 Quanita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While working security at a New Year's eve party in a Detroit mansion, (white) Sargent Kubicek shoots and kills three armed black men trying to rob the guests. What follows is insight into a black officer assigned to find the truth, gun runners trying to make a profit, wealthy people trying to jockey for power, a possible police coverup and the city of Detroit in the late 1960's/early 1970's. Estleman masterfully blends each players actions and thoughts without loosing the reader. Gritty, realis ...more
Feb 17, 2008 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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Jun 09, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Early strike against this one for more foul language than usual in an Estleman story. It didn't get much better. Weak story, weak dialogue, by far his worst effort I've read yet. Ugh.

Turn to these instead:

A Smile on the Face of the Tiger (The Amos Walker Series #15)
King of the Corner (Detroit Crime Series #3)

which I rated 5 stars.
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Loren D. Estleman is an American writer of detective and Western fiction. He writes with a manual typewriter.

Estleman is most famous for his novels about P.I. Amos Walker. Other series characters include Old West marshal Page Murdock and hitman Peter Macklin. He has also written a series of novels about the history of crime in Detroit (also the setting of his Walker books.) His non-series works in
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