Mystery and History
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Excerpt from The Long Pursuit;
Ducking under the first window outside Zimmerman Hall, Mickey moved past three darkened windows before reaching the last lighted office. The window was raised nearly a foot, the curtains were drawn back, and a pale glare from the fluorescent fixture overhead left an eerie oblong of light across the bushes. Before he reached the window, he could hear voices. A flat-sounding voice said, “What do you want next? That stupid reporter never published the story. Maybe she’s just talking big, huh?”
A baritone voice spoke with authority. “Eric, we do not take any more chances. Understand? We have important matters coming up at the plant. Several of our people are in place. If the female reporter from Ypsilanti writes a story about me, she may have to face an accident.”
Baritone voice cleared his throat. “Where’s the young bitch you took to dinner?”
“She’s in the car.” Flat voice sounded defensive, like he was uneasy.
Baritone voice took on a cutting edge ... “We mean to light up the sky at Willow Run. The less people who know what we’re doing for the Fatherland, the better off we are. Understood?” A fist crashed down heavily on the desk.
Eric spoke instinctively: “Jawohl!”
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The second Mickey Mathews Mystery is set in Michigan in 1943. Mickey, a Flint native, returns to his college town of Ypsilanti to reconnect with his best friend from Hawaii, retired Army Major Frank Tuttle. Now Frank has as girl friend, former beauty queen Norma Jean Monroe, an a military-trained German shepherd Ike. But their peaceful like near Michigan Normal College (later EMU) is soon disrupted. Mickey was called home by the college president Yancey White to solve secretly a blackmail threat at Baxter College in Ann Arbor. The threat comes from German national Herman Fischer, a Baxter History professor. Before long, Mickey and Frank, ably assisted by White's African American driver Tommy Jefferson, a former Golden Gloves heavyweight, are asked to solve the murder of an FBI agent investigating espionage at the B-24 Bomber Plant in nearby Willow Run. Next the duo learns about the shooting of "Rosie the Riveter" Jackson, a leader of women working at the B-24 factory. Fischer, who is secretly a Nazi, stuns Mickey and Frank by kidnapping librarian Patty Gilbert, Mickey's fiancee, and her roommate, Flo Budzinski. Acting quickly, Mickey and his friends leave town on the long pursuit of the kidnappers and the captive women. The trail takes Mickey, Frank, and Tommy to Flint, to Port Austin in Michigan's Thumb, and to the waterfront in Sarnia, Ontario. In a surprise twist, the final danger awaits the trio home in Ypsilanti.