W. K. Berger The Purples

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The Purples

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*AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL SEMIFINALIST* Shunned by his community... locked up for trying to help an innocent girl... ambushed by rivals and left for dead in the Detroit River: Joe Bernstein has a few scores to settle, and a bold plan to seize control of the Motor City in its booming 1920s heyday. With his faithful "agent" Abie, his brilliant but fragile brother Max, and an out-of-control enforcer named Grabowski (not to mention a couple of carnivorous creatures known as "the babies"), Bernstein gives rise to the infamous Purple Gang-so named by local merchants because the gang's members were said to be "tainted, like spoiled meat." Bernstein's boys set their sights on taking over the Detroit River, the pipeline connecting dry America to wet Canada. But Joe also must contend with having "a sweetheart in the nut house" and rising tensions within his gang. Worst of all, the D.A.'s office has brought in an amputee war hero named Riley--who seems to be one step ahead of Joe's big plans. A fast-paced thriller that builds to the climactic Collingwood Massacre (a seminal event that changed Detroit forever), THE PURPLES blends richly-detailed historical fiction with nonstop action, all narrated in the wry voice of the smart, self-deluding, and unforgettable Joe Bernstein. “Corruption in 1920s Detroit is brought to life in vivid detail in this accomplished book.” —Publishers Weekly

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W. K. Berger is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Esquire, Wired, and Reader's Digest. His books have been published internationally by Penguin and Random House.

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"A finely crafted novel, this effort by W. K. Berger is worthy of every--and any--superlative in the English vocabulary. Very entertaining..."
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"Read this book because it's fun. Berger captures the spirit of Detroit when it is small enough to walk around and when the whole city administration can easily fit into a gangster's hip pocket."
--The Historical Novel Review

"Tense, exciting, and extremely satisfying.... The appeal of The Purples is universal."
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Book Description Ringer Books, United States, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.*AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL SEMIFINALIST* Shunned by his community. locked up for trying to help an innocent girl. ambushed by rivals and left for dead in the Detroit River: Joe Bernstein has a few scores to settle, and a bold plan to seize control of the Motor City in its booming 1920s heyday. With his faithful agent Abie, his brilliant but fragile brother Max, and an out-of-control enforcer named Grabowski (not to mention a couple of carnivorous creatures known as the babies ), Bernstein gives rise to the infamous Purple Gang-so named by local merchants because the gang s members were said to be tainted, like spoiled meat. Bernstein s boys set their sights on taking over the Detroit River, the pipeline connecting dry America to wet Canada. But Joe also must contend with having a sweetheart in the nut house and rising tensions within his gang. Worst of all, the D.A. s office has brought in an amputee war hero named Riley--who seems to be one step ahead of Joe s big plans. A fast-paced thriller that builds to the climactic Collingwood Massacre (a seminal event that changed Detroit forever), THE PURPLES blends richly-detailed historical fiction with nonstop action, all narrated in the wry voice of the smart, self-deluding, and unforgettable Joe Bernstein. Corruption in 1920s Detroit is brought to life in vivid detail in this accomplished book. -Publishers Weekly. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780615231709

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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. 332 pages. An Amazon Breakthrough Novel SemifinalistIf you believe the papers, we sprang from thin air in 1924. At the time, people started turning up dead in Detroitwhich was nothing new, even back then. But when twenty Jewish men get put on the spot in three days, it gets noticed. They blamed it on us, but the truth is not one of those crimes was committed by the Purples. Technically speaking. Shunned by his community. . . locked up for trying to help an innocent girl. . . ambushed by rivals and left for dead in the Detroit River: Joe Bernstein has a few scores to settle, and a bold plan to seize control of the Motor City in its booming 1920s heyday. With his faithful agent Abie, his brilliant but fragile brother Max, and an out-of-control enforcer named Grabowski (not to mention a couple of carnivorous creatures known as the babies), Bernstein gives rise to the infamous Purple Gangso named by local merchants because the gangs members were said to be tainted, like spoiled meat. Bernsteins boys set their sights on taking over the Detroit River, the pipeline connecting dry America to wet Canada. But Joe also must contend with having a sweetheart in the nut house and rising tensions within his gang. Worst of all, the D. A. s office has brought in an amputee war hero named Rileywho seems to be one step ahead of Joes big plans. A fast-paced thriller that builds to the climactic Collingwood Massacre (a seminal event that changed Detroit forever), THE PURPLES blends richly-detailed historical fiction with nonstop action, all narrated in the wry voice of the smart, self-deluding, and unforgettable Joe Bernstein. Corruption in 1920s Detroit is brought to life in vivid detail in this accomplished book. Publishers WeeklyFast-moving and funny, The Purples has a hard edge, a soft heart, and an original voice. Michael Balkind, Sudden DeathW. K. Berger is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Esquire. His books have been published internationally by Penguin and Random House. Read a free excerpt at ThePurplesBook. comExcerpt This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780615231709

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