A thriller about the exciting rise and fall of the Purple Gang in 1920s Detroit.

Here’s what happens to people who say bad things about The Purples.
Exhibit A: Jerry Buckley.

Jerry Buckley (or “Barkley” as I call him in The Purples) was a popular Detroit radio announcer with a huge following. Yeah, he liked to yammer and thought he was tough stuff, calling for the recall of the mayor and all. After Buckley was shot down by three mysterious gunmen in a swanky hotel lobby, more than 100,000 suckers turned out for his funeral. The killing of Buckley was Detroit’s so-called “crime of the century.”

He was a real Motormouth. And said unkind things in reference to us (“We must take the guns away from the monkeys.”)

Not that we had anything to do with his demise.

Click below to explore more of the Purples’ world:
Arthur Nix • Back stabbings • Elvis Presley • Good old Detroit • Harry Riley • Henry Ford • Mazel tough • Rachel and the Palmer Raids • Speakeasy queen • The babies • Why purple? • WWJBD? • Buy the book
Back to HOME: This is the hideaway of The Purples



Free Purples EBook
Audiobook info

Awards for The Purples

Click the 4 arrows above right to view this trailer full-screen.


Word on the street

I can only imagine what the Detroit papers will eventually have to say about us Purples, but these reviews will have to do for now.


Plot summary

Shunned by our community… locked up for helping an innocent girl… ambushed by rivals and left for dead in the Detroit River: Yeah, there are a few plots to summarize. Read more…

Why purple? button

Why purple?

People will always try to label you. We wore it like a badge of honor.

Elvis button

Jailhouse Rock

I could tell straight off that Presley was a hick and he was full of questions, two things I don’t like.

Detroit button

Good old Detroit

Someone has to tell the truth about what happened in Detroit back in the days when it still mattered what happened in Detroit.


Give us your money now

Now that you’re curious about the Purples, isn’t it time to lift up your butt cheek and get out your wallet? Don’t worry: we promise the book won’t bore you.

Follow PurpleJoe
on Twitter
Find The Purples on Pinterest

Find The Purples along with free ebooks, bargain Kindle books

Looking for something?

I write like
David Foster Wallace

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!