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The Devil's Only Friend

The Devil's Only Friend

Pete Caudill Series (Volume 2)

Mitchell Bartoy

Minotaur Books

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It is the fall of 1943, and the city of Detroit is doing its best to recover from the explosive race riots that marked the recent summer. The police are working overtime to protect the auto plants and ensure that their massive machinery continues to churn out the steel that comprises America's lifeblood overseas. Pete Caudill, late of the Detroit detective squad, is passing the time sitting on the fire escape of a squalid rented room, consumed by the ghosts of his past, including the black teenager he shot and killed years ago and a similar boy whose life he saved in the recent riots.

When a young woman distantly connected to Caudill is murdered, her blood threatens to stain the reputation of the Lloyd family, scions of Detroit's all-powerful auto industry. Caudill himself has a certain reputation with the Lloyds, plus a direct link to the complicated man who runs the company and, some say, the city of Detroit itself.

As a desperate investigation unfolds and the war effort rages on, the tentacles of a menacing conspiracy reach deep into the soul of the powerful Lloyd family and threaten to squelch the very heart of American patriotism beating within. It's up to Pete Caudill, using whatever meager resources he can assemble, to put down the sinister forces working against the Lloyds, perhaps in the process preserve America's chances in the war—and discover an unexpected second chance at his own life.

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Chapter One

April 6, 1944

In general I don't care to hear any word of advice, and I do my best not to give any out.

But there's just the one thing.

If you've managed to work yourself into a good job, steady work,...

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Praise for The Devil's Only Friend

"Gloomy, atmospheric ... a moving, frighteningly real view of WWII-era Detroit and its denizens." - Publishers Weekly

"Caudill keeps the pages turning." - Kirkus Reviews

"A series to watch." - Booklist

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About the author

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 Troy, Michigan, with his wife and two children. The Devil's Only Friend is his second novel.

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