Like nowhere else in America, Detroit flourished during Prohibition. The constant flow of liquor from across the Canadian border made Lake Erie a war zone, and lined the pockets of the men who ran the Purple Gang, the Unione Siciliana, and the Little Jewish Navy. But Prohibition was more than just a boon for gangsters. For newspapermen, it was a dream come true. It’s 1928, and the Detroit Times’ Connie Minor knows every thug, moll, and triggerman south of Eight Mile.
It's 1966 and Detroit has entered its Golden Age. America throbs to the throaty rumble of Motor City's powerful road-eating machines. It'll never be this good again and Big Auto is fighting to keep it that way. Ex-cop Ricky Amery is hired to go undercover to put the brakes on runaway consumer advocacy that would legislate Detroit right out of business. They couldn't have chosen a more loyal disciple: Amery's god is horsepower and his house of worship is the open road.
Even prison couldn’t stop former big-league pitcher Doc Miller from playing baseball. Jailed after a teenage girl overdosed on cocaine at one of his house parties, the former Detroit Tigers ace became a star at the Michigan State Prison, bringing home the institution’s first Midwestern Penal System championship. Now out on parole, his days of ballpark heroics are over for good. Miller’s brother gets him a job selling tractor parts for John Deere, work Doc finds even duller than life in the joint. While moonlighting as a cab driver, he meets a bail bondsman who offers work as a bounty hunter.
The whole series needs a director who cares enough to learn something about Detroit people and places.
For Connie Minor, who had a colorful, thriving career as a newspaper man 20 years earlier, a last chance to make it big - or take a big fall - has come from Henry Ford II and his new brainchild, the Edsel. Shrouded in secrecy, the E-car is to compete with Cadillac and make Ford Motor Company the number one shop in town...and the world. Minor's job? Sell it to America. Although Minor has his doubts about this car (especially that strange grille), he knows how to make an advertising pitch. But before he can start, he's hit with a hardball proposition from union leader Walter Reuther and a zealous politician looking for pinkos....
Devious, interwoven story of the early auto industry
By 1972 Detroit had earned the title of Murder Capital of America. STRESS (Stop The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets) was supposed to change that. STRESS undercover police decoy units produced instant results. As in dead young black men, a black community more outraged and aggrieved than ever before, and a series of bloody shoot-outs that reached spectacular - and sometimes tragicomic - new heights. Into the middle of a cauldron of violence and extremism steps Charlie Battle, a bright young black cop and the nephew of a former pro-wrestler.
A tough town in a tough time: Detroit, during World War II, where the U.S. furiously tried to out-manufacture the Germans and Japanese. Industry imported workers to replace men gone to war - Southern whites and blacks working side by side for the first time. Through this tense, troubled world cuts a killer, a self-appointed soldier savaging ordinary people, the defenseless. Lieutenant Zagreb’s most important job is to keep the city from exploding, but his job doesn’t stop there....
Harlan Crownover, scion of a great family of carriage makers, battles with his father to invest in a company run by Henry Ford, during Detroit’s conversion to becoming the Motor City. Desperate for funds, Harlan turns to Big Jim Dolan, the Midwest’s most powerful political boss, and Sal Borneo, a visionary Mafioso struggling to bring the commerce of vice into the new century. Allies at first, Harlan soon discovers how quickly friends can become mortal enemies. Only Edith Hampton Crownover, Harlan’s troubled, aristocratic mother, will be in a position to shift the balance of power.