Dr. Matt Drummond is overwhelmed by police brutality and the racial suffering of men, women and children. Then the 1967 Detroit riot. Matt is as burned out as the city. Forty-three civilians are dead.
Obsessed with helping the victims he comes in conflict with the drug traffickers, numbers runners, rogue police, criminal abortionists and pimps. “The dealers of pain” frame him for an illegal abortion death.
Dr. Drummond is pursued by Detroit homicide and the criminals who need him dead.
An eclectic band of the street-wise: prostitutes, Black Panthers, Baptist ministers and professional fighters come together in a dangerous, desperate, long -shot attempt to save him.
This Month's Featured Story
This months featured story, “An Old Colt Cobra,” recalls the assassination of President John Kennedy. Prior to his death November always meant Thanksgiving and singing “over the river and through the woods.”
But November 22, 1963 changed that for the baby-boomers. It was four days of televised violence. I had just turned twelve and was shocked over the death of the vibrant young president. I was sad for his wife and their children. It was my first, but not last, encounter with a society where things were not as they seemed or should be.
The greatest generation had Pearl Harbor, later generations would have the Challenger disaster and then 9/11.
I welcome November for Thanksgiving but the memory of that day in Dallas returns as well.
(Published in the 2019 spring/summer issue of “The Moonshine Review”) From an early age, Bronco obsessed over the Kennedy assassination. He found himself in juvie on November 22, 1963, just starting his life of crime. Though old now, he still reviewed footage of the assassination before each job. He watched the event over and over. Early on he watched on an eight-mm projector, later on videotapes, then discs and now YouTube. Times changed but he didn’t. Viewing the films not only prepared him: they inspired him.…
I tell stories of mystery and suspense; it’s fun. I draw on my long career in the practice of medicine. I have been inspired by people and events, and occasionally disturbed.
I like to tell a good story but would also like to expose the reader to a pernicious and perhaps unalterable change in healthcare. That is the domination of the doctor-patient relationship by computers and bureaucrats.