The Devil's Own Rag Doll

Pete Caudill Series (Volume 1)

Mitchell Bartoy

Minotaur Books

1940's Detroit: the war effort is in full swing and racial tensions are running high. When a vivacious white heiress is murdered in the black part of town, the city threatens to erupt into mob violence, bringing the factories to a grinding halt and imperiling Allied forces around the world.

Newly minted Detective Pete Caudill is charged with covering up the crime in the interests of civic peace and finding some kind of justice for the dead girl. Odds are the girl was killed by her black boyfriend, but some whisper of an Axis plot to hamper America's war effort. Or is Detroit's shadowy political machine manipulating events to its own ruthless ends? As he delves deeper, Caudill soon learns the hard way that friends are rarely what they seem, family ties are often deceptive, and sometimes the bravest thing a man can do is think for himself.


Praise for The Devil's Own Rag Doll

"Too many writers have been hailed as the heir to Dashiell Hammett. Mitchell Bartoy, however, really hits the mark. I definitely want to see a lot more of his work and soon. This is as hard-boiled as they come and as good as it gets."
--Stuart M. Kaminsky, Edgar Award-winning author of The Last Dark Place

"Brutal, hardboiled, and often quite moving, The Devil's Own Rag Doll is a stunning debut."
--Jason Starr, author of Twisted City

"The Devil's Own Rag Doll is a deep and complex book--big and mean and ambitious."
--Christopher T. Leland, author of Letting Loose

"Mitchell Bartoy's gaze is hard and relentless, and he's a hell of a writer."
--Jon A. Jackson, author of the Mulheisen series

"Mitchell Bartoy's The Devil's Own Rag Doll captures the tension of an industrial city--the engine behind the Arsenal of Democracy--with the accuracy of an eyewitness and the terror of a victim, yet never abandons its faith in heroes. He belongs in the first rank of artists working in the subgenre of the Detroit thriller."
--Loren D. Estleman, author of the Amos Walker novels

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  • Mitchell Bartoy

  • Mitchell S. Bartoy was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and has lived his entire life in the Detroit area. A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, he has worked in various capacities for the United States Postal Service and as a college writing teacher. He lives in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, with his wife and two children. The Devil's Own Rag Doll is his first novel.





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