Review: The Car Bomb by T.V. LoCicero

Detroit Nielson king Frank DeFauw hunts down the story of a judge who may be corrupt—and is one of his best friends. Booze, drugs, womanizing and a passion for the news are all part of what makes this brilliant, erratic TV anchor a major player in this deeply troubled city. Finally, Frank decides if digging out the truth about his pal the judge is worth risking his own career, family and life.

 
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 Imagine one of your best friends is possibly a corrupt, money craving weasel. You have your own problems with a dying marriage, cynical and promiscuous children, unhappy mistress, and a real problem with booze and facing reality. Life is more on the suck side for the main character, Frank, from outside circumstances and his own poor choices. The story takes place in 1992 and the one upside for him is his career and popularity.

Frank hops into a possibly sensational story, not realizing that it’s already cost the life of the main suspect’s kids and wife. As he follows the myriad of rabbit trails, he is lead into the underbelly of Detroit and will either bring the downfall of the bad guys or himself.
I liked the pace of the novel. I don’t think Frank is a character written to be liked, but his character fits right into the story and environment. The ending gave me a sigh of relief and I was pleased that Frank seemed to resolve his own personal demons, and the bad guys got their comeup-ins.


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I was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and grew up there after my first dozen years in Detroit. I attended Notre Dame and graduated with a B.A. and M.A from the University of Michigan. I’ve worked in both print and electronic journalism, as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and as a producer of documentaries as well as entertainment and cultural specials. The author of the true crime book Murder in the Synagogue (Prentice-Hall), an account of the assassination of Rabbi Morris Adler, I’ve also written Squelched: The Suppression of Murder in the Synagogue and the novels The Obsession and The Disappearance, the first two books in the Truth Beauty Trilogy. I’ve published articles and short stories in various periodicals, including Commentary, Ms. and The University Review, and in the hard-cover collections Best Magazine Articles, The Norton Reader and The Third Coast.

I’ve operated my own TV and video production company and written, produced and directed more than 50 long-form documentaries, 75 shorter features and 30 live event programs. My syndicated documentary special “Hoffa: The True Story” appeared on 150 stations in this country and throughout Europe, and my work has been recognized with 22 Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a Gold Medal from the International Film and TV Festival of New York and numerous awards from the Associated Press and United Press International.

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