BOOK REVIEW: The Car Bomb by T.V. LoCicero

Review by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE A Trey Fontaine Mystery

A good mystery with a not so perfect hero and not your typical bad guys, The Car Bomb is a great read for the mystery/suspense reader who is looking for characters who are human, and a story that is believable. The good guy is Frank DeFauw is a Detroit native who has made a success of himself and anchors the local news. He’s married, with children, and chasing every female in town.

When a car explodes, killing a mother and two children, Frank is interested in the story. But the more he digs, the more trouble he gets into. With his wife threatening to divorce him, his boss unsure of his mental stability, and the bad guys trying to stop his nosiness, Frank has his hands full.

I found this book well written, with a strong plot, well rounded characters, and a good string of sub-plots to keep everything interesting. I’d recommend it for lovers of mystery and/or suspense, as well as those who just love Detroit.

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Detroit’s top TV anchor 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 newsman 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.

“A compelling and wonderfully written piece of urban crime fiction, The Car Bomb is a pleasure from start to finish. With its economical and supple prose, brilliant dialogue, sharply-drawn characters and plot that keeps the pages turning, LoCicero has produced a gripping tale of corruption and redemption in Detroit. A classy and fast-paced read.” –Victoria Best, Tales from the Reading Room

“TV anchor Frank Defauw is a wonderful mixture of cynicism, vanity, self-doubt, weariness and wit. A kind of local princeling, his boozy, womanizing path illuminates everyone he encounters in this tight and vibrant thriller, as well as the dark city in which it is set. With The Car Bomb, a promising trilogy begins.” –Patrick, Amazon Reviewer  

“a brilliantly composed and complex thriller… fast moving and gripping” –Christoph Fischer, author of The Luck of the Weissensteiners


 Author Bio: 

T.V. LoCicero has been writing both fiction and non-fiction across five decades. He’s the author of the true crime books Murder in the Synagogue (Prentice-Hall), on the assassination of Rabbi Morris Adler, and Squelched: The Suppression of Murder in the Synagogue. His novels include The Car Bomb and Admission of Guilt, the first two books in The Detroit im dyin Trilogy, and The Obsession and The Disappearance, the first two in The Truth Beauty Trilogy. Seven of his shorter works are now available as ebooks. These are among the stories and essays he has published 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.

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For more information, or to read excerpts of his books, you can find Mr. LoCicero at and at, and his books are available at and other online booksellers.  And don’t forget that The Car Bomb is book one of a trilogy, and book two, Admission of Guilt is also available. Look at the great cover below!

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A 12-year-old girl is the desperate focus of three men: John, a dedicated young teacher; Charlie, a small-time private detective; and Steven, a major narcotics importer. Their lives collide when John makes a shocking move to save his students from the city’s drug wars, Steven’s young daughter goes missing, and Charlie—hired to find her—confronts a moral dilemma that will change all their lives.

“If you like Elmore Leonard, you’ll love these books. Fast-paced action with lots of short chapters and sharp, punchy dialogue, and the writing is crisp and contemporary. Tom LoCicero is wonderful at setting up several threads of plot that plait into one another and end up inter-related, and there’s a real pleasure in the moment when they finally combine and the landscape of the book is laid out before the reader.” –Victoria Best, Tales from the Reading Room

“…a surprising and highly suspenseful turnabout…as tightly plotted and action packed as was the first work of the trilogy…LoCicero’s knowledge of his city and the people that live there are remarkable. The dying city in Michigan is alive on the pages of his evolving trilogy.” –Patrick, Amazon Reviewer

“This is a powerful read that handles sensitive and important issues very well without letting down those readers who came for a good crime story. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.” –Christoph Fischer, author of The Luck of the Weissensteiners

One comment on “BOOK REVIEW: The Car Bomb by T.V. LoCicero

  1. Renz Sacon says:

    Dear Ryder,

    I read your review of T.V. LoCicero book The Car Bomb and feel that you did a great job. In my judgment, your review was balanced, fair and well-thought out. You have demonstrated a justified objectivity, giving a reader a clear impression of what to expect from the novel. I will be following your other reviews with interest.


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