Author David Suttner’s new book “Compound D” recounts his nearly fifty years of experience making a home in the heart of Detroit, America’s most dangerous city

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Recent release “Compound D: The Struggle to Build a Home in the Heart of America’s Most Dangerous City” from Page Publishing author David Suttner is a candid reflection on his life, from his postwar childhood in the backwaters of southeast Missouri to the five decades and counting spent living, working, and raising a family in an inner Detroit neighborhood in frequent flux.

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David Suttner, a married father of a grown son and resident of the Woodbridge section of Detroit, has published his new book “Compound D: The Struggle to Build a Home in the Heart of America’s Most Dangerous City”: an homage to the vibrant, world-class city he is proud to call home.

The author shares, “Now that we are retired, we travel around the country and meet folks who claim to be from Detroit. We ask, ‘Really? What neighborhood?’ The response is some affluent suburban community. They react with mild surprise when we reply that we live ‘downtown in Woodbridge, not the street on the east side. We are named for the Woodbridge Farms, one of the first housing communities of the new century, the twentieth century, that is.’

"We’ve lived here for over fifty years. For decades after the ’67 Riots, one by one, businesses shuttered their doors and fled. The popular saying was “the last one out, please turn off the lights.” But in truth, it wasn’t long before the streetlights were already out of service. Over the years, we installed security, got rottweilers, obtained concealed-carry permits, and defended our home. During the summers, the lawns are manicured and the gardens are lush with food and beauty.

"Why do we stay? Perhaps it’s a mixture of guilt for not volunteering to fight in a war I felt was wrong and a hardheadedness born in our deep Ozark roots. We don’t like being told where we can live. We worked hard, and over the years, we found enjoyment and pleasure around the city—from a Friday night beer and friendship at the old Dakota Inn Rathskeller (the last German bar in Detroit) to Saturday morning walks with the dogs and a friend around Belle Isle to a Sunday morning mass at Saint Anne Parish (the second-oldest parish in the United States).

"We are finally beginning to emerge from Detroit’s nightmare. Detroit is roaring back and reinventing itself. Come for a visit.”

Published by Page Publishing, David Suttner’s engrossing book is a fascinating portrait of a storied city transforming from the decay of several lost decades into the vibrant metropolis that is its true character.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Compound D: The Struggle to Build a Home in the Heart of America’s Most Dangerous City” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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