Detroit Breakdown by D. E. Johnson

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Will Anderson and Elizabeth Hume are called to the vast Eloise Insane Asylum outside of Detroit, where Elizabeth’s cousin Robbie is a patient and now a murder suspect. The victim, like three others before him at the asylum in recent months, was killed with the infamous “Punjab lasso,” the murder weapon of the Phantom of the Opera.

Certain of Robbie’s innocence, they begin an investigation with the help of Detective Riordan. Will has himself committed to the asylum to investigate from the inside, and Elizabeth volunteers at Eloise and questions people outside the asylum. While Will endures horrific conditions in his search for the killer, Elizabeth and Riordan follow the trail of a murder suspect all the way to Kalamazoo, where they realize the killer might still be at Eloise, putting Will in extreme danger. They race back to Detroit, but will they arrive in time to save Will and bring the killer to justice?

Filled with Johnson’s trademark roller-coaster plot, nuanced characters, and brilliant historical research, Detroit Breakdown is a compelling, dark mystery set in the once- flourishing Paris of the West.

 

About D. E. Johnson

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D. E. Johnson, a graduate of Central Michigan University, is a history buff who has been writing fiction since childhood. He comes by his interest in automotive history through his grandfather, who was the vice president of Checker Motors. Johnson lives with his family near Kalamazoo, Michigan. Visit his Web site at www.dejohnsonauthor.com.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 334 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A young man risks his life for the woman he loves.

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When Will Anderson, who works for his father's electric car company, finds the body of John Cooper, who's engaged to Elizabeth, Will's former love, crushed by a hydraulic press in the factory's machining room one night, he flees in panic.

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Set in 1912, Johnson’s excellent third mystery featuring auto mechanic Will Anderson (after 2011’s Motor City Shakedown) effectively employs parallel first-person narratives to advance an investigatio

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I think it was something I just had to get out of my system.” After failing to find an agent for that book, he took a different path, combining his interest in “great historical fiction” with his fondness for “smart crime fiction by people like Elmore Leonard and Walter Mosley.” The result has b...

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Historical Novel Society

Detroit Breakdown follows Elizabeth Hume and Will Anderson as they unravel a murder at Eloise Insane Asylum outside of Detroit in 1912.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Will Anderson feigns a mental illness in order to gain access to the Eloise Insane Asylum, where Robert Clarke, a cousin of Elizabeth Hume, his fiancée, has been accused of murder in Detroit Breakdown, the third mystery in his historical series set in the early 1910s by D.

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ForeWord Reviews

Johnson’s previous two novels, The Detroit Electric Schemes and Motor City Breakdown, seeks to help Elizabeth Hume uncover the truth about her cousin Robert, a patient in Eloise Insane Asylum accused of murder.

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