After many years writing feature articles for national publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Wired, as well as several nonfiction books for Penguin, Random House and other publishers, I plunged into writing my first novel. The idea for THE PURPLES came out of a long-ago family connection to the infamous Purple Gang, a wild group of Jewish rumrunners who ruled Detroit during Prohibition. (My connection is to the man who took them down.) With some facts and a lot of imagination I chronicle the gang's swift rise and fall through the voice of their smart, cynical, and slightly self-delusional leader, Joe Bernstein. I hope the book is as fun to read as it was to write. Find fascinating photos, music, and info about the writing, setting, and characters at http://ThePurplesBook.com
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....
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