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Stress (Detroit #5)

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Follows the experiences of Charlie Battle, an African American rookie policeman, who joins an elite undercover squad known for its shoot-first philosophy and its anti-Black prejudice.
Paperback, 10 pages
Published April 30th 1997 by Mysterious Press (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
Dr. Detroit
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
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
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
Cindy Barnett
Interesting and realistic for time period. Language. Audio narrated clearly, with empathy by Ezra Knight (?sp). Recommend for history and mystery buffs.
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
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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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