Detroit, Michigan. Summer of 1947.
By day, the city pulses with life. The war has left the Big Three with wealth and power beyond imagination. Between the car manufacturers and the various factories that supply them, opportunity seems to lie around every corner. Everyone from blue collar worker, to white collar business man could get a piece of the American dream. Industry in Detroit had helped to make America a prosperous place. Everywhere and in every industry there was growth. Everyone had a car, everyone had a house, and a well paying job. Buildings were being built as fast as people could break ground. Cars kept on rolling off the assembly line, night and day, and no one ever questioned it. People were saying that this was the Golden Age for the city that would build the modern world. In a lot of ways they were right…
But by night, the city wore a different face altogether. Opportunity brought luxury, luxury brought decadence, and decadence…well decadence brought greed and all the evil that came with it. Drugs have started to flow into the city like never before. All the new wealth means easy rackets and betting rings, and the Mob have been fighting to control it all. The captains of industry have been at odds with their workers and the Teamsters. With men still returning from the War, the African Americans have begun to take over alot of labor jobs, as a result racials tensions are up. The Detroit PD is still trying to recover from the scandals and corruption of the last decade. Cheating, lying, bribing, beatings, drugs, prostitutes, guns, insurance scams, hate crimes, gangs, abuse, stealing. It all seemed to be coming to a head in the humid summer of ‘47….
…. What nobody ever could’ve guessed was that the death of some unassuming old geezer would be the spark that set it all off. Andrew K. Fletcher is found dead. A prominent union leader and saint to the working class, his death is nothing short of scandal. As the muder is investigated dark secrets are brought to light and nothing is as it seems.
A Murder on Laughing Wolf Lane is a noir-style short story set in Detroit during the city’s peak. This will be a dark story in the same vein as classical noir writing. The plot revolves around the seemingly innocent death of beloved local figure, which unravels a thread of crime and secrets that goes deeper than anyone could have realized. Please feel free to apply or read along in this classic, pulpy, character driven game!
Hosted and narrated by:
Conor Ottman (Conzo)
Scenes played: 2
License: Host License