More hardboiled sleuthery--smoothly styled, wearyingly plotted--with narratorshamus Amos Walker of seamy Detroit (Motor City Blue, 1980). This time Walker starts stumbling over bodies when nightclub dancer Ann Maringer makes a date to discuss a job she has for him: Ann disappears, Walker finds a dead man in her apartment, and the deceased turns out to be the sometime bodyguard of Phil Montana, head of the United Steelhaulers Union. . . who's a hard man to interview. Walker persists, however, and learns that Ann (not her real name) was involved in the mysterious plane-crash disappearance some time back of a married judge (whose wife and stepson now want to have him declared dead). And further sleuthing--with further strewn corpses--reveals yet other connections (cliched ones) between the missing dancer and the union boss. With the usual final pages of explanation and shootouts: a formulaic outing that's made readable by Estleman's ironic humor (less heavyhanded here than in Motor City Blue) and a couple of nice supporting characters.