Bill Morris is the author of the novels Motor City and All Souls' Day. He is currently a staff writer at The Millions, and his writing has also appeared in Granta, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Popular Mechanics, and the Daily Beast. Among his many jobs in journalism, Bill worked as a reporter and columnist for the Virginian-Pilot and the Virginia Beach Beacon.He grew up in Detroit and now lives in New York City.
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Willie Bledsoe, once an idealistic young black activist, is now a burnt-out case. After leaving a snug berth at Tuskegee Institute to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he has become bitterly disillusioned with the civil rights movement and its leaders. He returns home to Alabama to try to write a memoir about his time in the cultural whirlwind, but the words fail to come. The surprise return of his Vietnam veteran brother in the spring of 1967 gives Willie a chance to drive a load of smuggled guns to the Motor City and make enough money to jump-start his stalled dream of writing his movement memoir. There, at Tiger Stadium on Opening Day of the 1968 baseball season postponed two days in deference to the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Willie learns some terrifying news: the Detroit police are still investigating the last unsolved murder from the bloody, apocalyptic riot of the previous summer, and a white cop named Frank Doyle will not rest until the case is solved. And Willie is his prime suspect. Bill Morris's rich and thrilling new novel sets Doyle's hunt amid the history of one of America's most tortured and fascinating cities, as Doyle and Willie struggle with Detroit's deep racial divide, with revenge and forgiveness and with the realization that justice is rarely attainable, and rarely just."