Model T’s, Liquor, Family, Tommy Guns, Rum Running, Family and Pierogies.
Joe, a young boy growing up in Detroit in the early 1900’s must learn to navigate between his family’s strong Polish traditions and the electric atmosphere of America’s fastest growing city.
The aroma of stewed cabbage and spiced incense mix with the exhaust fumes of brand new Model T’s as he explores the sights and sounds of the great city.
In the safe arms of his loving family, Joe’s childhood days are filled with exhilarating sights, formidable nuns, baseball and delicious Polish foods – until a sudden illness and heart wrenching death force him to grow up much too soon.
On a small quiet island, south of Detroit, Joe runs liquor up and down the river to support his family and meets Cappie, the man who will become his partner, mentor, friend and ultimately, family.
Together they race through the “Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties” in fast boats and faster cars, trying to avoid the law and rival gangsters while striving to satisfy the murderous leaders of the Sugar House Gang.
As the gangsters expanding power acquires a stronghold over the city, they come to be known as the notorious Purple Gang as Joe struggles with himself to balance his beliefs and his desires as Detroit becomes the most violently corrupt city in the country.
A gripping historical fiction that will transport the reader to a time when the country and its citizens were shaking off the rigid rules of adolescence and throwing on their party clothes.