City Primeval (1979)
by Elmore Leonard
Elmore Leonard is probably the top American crime fiction of the past few decades. He got his start writing westerns- as early as 1953, but he segued into crime fiction and City Primeval is a good example of a police procedural: detective fiction written from the perspective of a cop, rather than a private investigator. Here, the crime is the senseless murder of a controversial African-American judge and his (white) girl friend, the location is Detroit, and the cast of characters includes a psychotic red headed killer, a Mexican police Detective and a white, female defense lawyer.
Long known as a compelling writer of "gritty" crime fiction, City Primeval is all that and a bowl of chips, a compelling example of Leonard coming into his own as a top author of genre fiction.