Detroit is hemorrhaging; a criminal juggernaut has brought the city to its knees the Mafia has outwitted, outmaneuvered what is widely known as the nation s most corrupt police force. The city s social fabric is torn beyond repair, neighborhood gangs are rampant–unethical political officials offer no help–the situation is hopeless!

Yet, buried deep in small neighborhood enclaves are pockets of people unwilling to succumb to these evil forces; they re clawing for survival, an uphill fight against all odds–to save their homes, their dignity, their way of life–they are the Detroit Thorn Birds. The Detroit Thorn Birds are driven beyond reason, exhibiting the same levels of extraordinary commitment as did Colleen McCullough s characters in her 1977 best-selling novel, The Thorn Birds.

This modern-day work of historical fiction, which also takes place in 1977, follows the steps of real-to-life men and women. Unfettered by intimidation, extortion, and violence, the Detroit Thorn Birds challenge the Mafia. Available on Amazon

“Excellent historical fiction!”

Five Star Review on Amazon by LinDee Rochelle

The author does a great job of setting up a sustainable story in this first in a series. You can tell he’s really done his due diligence into the history of the book’s environment, and inserted believable circumstances and characters to enhance the historical elements. Intriguing read!

About the Author

Les Cochran served as a public educator for thirty-eight years, starting as a high school teacher in Detroit.

Les is retired in the Asheville, NC area with his wife Lin, and is writing and weaving stories! His fifth book will be published in early 2018. For more information, visit

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