Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Frank DeFauw is a Detroit television anchor at the top of his game. On the west side of Detroit, a family blowing up in a car isn’t a cause for alarm. Throw in a corrupt judge, a good friend who shares Frank’s vices, and the anchor must decide if exposing the judge and destroying his own ever-distant family is worth the risk.
The author, T.V. LoCicero, gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my review.[easyazon-link asin=”0615811779″ locale=”us”]The Car Bomb (The detroit im dyin Trilogy, Book 1)[/easyazon-link] technically falls in the urban crime genre. We’re in the Detroit of the very controversial Mayor Coleman Young. Young’s very long career was rife with rumors of corruption and excess. Young was as close to a monarch as this nation gets. Many metro-Detroiters will think of Young and scoff at the alleged corruption and what they thought was the ill-advised People Mover—a monorail system that never reached very far into downtown. I loved the People Mover as a teen and like it a lot now. I still get that little thrill when driving to or from work on the Windsor side to watch the train wrap around from Cobo to Joe Louis Arena.
You may rightly surmise that the woman reading and reviewing this novel loves Detroit. I do. There’s a lot not to love now, but the memories go on. Because of this affection, this saucy wink from the past to readers was a perfect read.
I challenge any metro-Detroiter of the era in which the story is set to picture Frank without that mental picture looking and sounding like Bill Bonds. It’s not possible. We’re presented with the putative icon of television news and for this area and that era that this icon is set. Frank is a jackass. A total narcissist. We don’t like him, and he’s really not written to be liked. He has a job to do, and that’s to move the story forward which LoCicero does excellently. The character is not without redeeming qualities. At one point LoCicero humanizes the character with a stunning announcement to viewers (readers) of Frank’s self-awareness and desire to get on track. Frank says to us “I have suffered but now its epiphany time.” With that “ask forgiveness instead of permission moment”, Frank melts into a feeling of authenticity in his era and within the story.[easyazon-link asin=”0615811779″ locale=”us”]The Car Bomb (The detroit im dyin Trilogy, Book 1)[/easyazon-link] is a little bit all over the place, which fits perfectly with Frank’s character. With the narrative flow, it is a manic energy pulling the reader forward. One of the best scenes in the novel is the eponymous scene in which a family is taking a video of a teen couple off to prom on the porch of their home. A woman comes out of her home and shouts a few compliments to the happy couple and then gets in the car with her two children. The impact of the event hits the reader, and the first thought is to wonder why. Why would anyone want to give this family with a following thought that we must keep reading?
LoCicero’s dialogue is very real. He is an author who has that ring of having had this conversation many times before so that he knows exactly how it would go and how it will sound. You know it’s hard to surprise someone who reads mystery as much as I do but must admit I was surprised at the ending. [easyazon-link asin=”0615811779″ locale=”us”]The Car Bomb (The detroit im dyin Trilogy, Book 1)[/easyazon-link] is the first book in a planned trilogy and is quite a strong start. I have never met this author, have not given birth to him or any of his children. This is a solid and true fangirl review of a truly fabulous work.
If you like urban crime fiction, [easyazon-link asin=”0615811779″ locale=”us”]The Car Bomb (The detroit im dyin Trilogy, Book 1)[/easyazon-link] is absolutely for you. The second book in the Detroit I’m Dyin’ series was released on June 2, 2013, [easyazon-link asin=”B00D5Z5J62″ locale=”us”]Admission of Guilt (The detroit im dyin Trilogy, Book 2)[/easyazon-link].
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T.V. LoCicero operated his own TV and video production company. The syndicated documentary special “Hoffa: The True Story” appeared on 150 stations in the U.S. and Europe. His work has been recognized with 22 Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a Gold Medal from the International Film and TV Festival of New York and awards from the Associated Press and United Press International.