Search Results: "Loren D. Estleman"


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NEARLY NERO by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2017

"Fans who rejoice in Estleman's deep knowledge and obvious love of Stout's oeuvre and his infectious playfulness will demand more adventures of the man who perpetually asks himself 'WWND (What Would Nero Do?)'—if only the author can come up with more punning story titles ('Wolfe at the Door'?)."
The chronicler of shamus Amos Walker (Don't Look for Me, 2014, etc.) and film preservationist Valentino (Brazen, 2016, etc.) rounds up 10 stories, all but one of them reprints from 2008-16, about a seemingly clueless Nero Wolfe wannabe who always gets his man anyway. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLACK by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"As to the equally interesting question of how Laurie Macklin's going to deal with the long-term implications of her bridegroom's career choice, it looks as if that's going to have to wait for the sequel."
Peter Macklin is pushing 45; he's been retired from business for several years; and he's just married Laurie, the dishy 21-year-old who's honeymooning with him in Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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THUNDER CITY by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 1999

"Estleman's final cut on this epic series should be a single chronological, chrome-plated volume of mirror-clear prose."
Fifth in the highly lauded series of Detroit novels that began with 1990's Whiskey River, a marvel of Prohibition-era description, and continued variously with Motown, King of the Corner, and, most recently, Edsel (1995). Read full book review >

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RETRO by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"After 17 mostly sterling outings (Poison Blonde, 2003, etc.), Amos has earned his place in the Shamus Hall of Fame. But when cutting-edge dialogue dulls to yadda yadda, it may be time to hang up the gumshoes."
A juiceless Chandler-Macdonald rehash raises the dread question: Are Estleman's best days retro? Read full book review >

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LITTLE BLACK DRESS by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2005

"Pete and Laurie make an entertaining pair, more vinegary than Nick and Nora but no less appealing. Estleman (Retro, 2004, etc.), who long ago aced every course at Hammett U., shows what an accomplished pro he still is."
Peter Macklin, married to a beautiful young woman, has made his pile and wants to retire. But since when does a hit man get to do that? Read full book review >

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SINISTER HEIGHTS by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 12, 2002

"The plot's as hard to like as an Edsel, and Walker's recovery time is even slower than his retorts, but nobody does Detroit better than Estleman."
The case Connor Thorpe lobs wisecracking Detroit shamus Amos Walker (The Witchfinder, 1998, etc.) looks so easy it's hard to understand why Thorpe's spent the last five years ignoring it: Find the illegitimate offspring of automotive tycoon Leland Stutch so his generous young widow can cut them in on her $13 million annual windfall. Read full book review >

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GAS CITY by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"The chronically undervalued Estleman (The American Detective, 2007, etc.) serves up what just might be the best novel about urban political corruption since Dashiel Hammett's The Glass Key."
Portrait of a city by an old master. Read full book review >

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CITY WIDOWS by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Atmospheric and bleak, Estleman's story evokes the brutality and heat of the Southwest through the efficient actions and dialogue of its characters."
A somber, businesslike portrait of the 1880s American Southwest from the prolific Estleman (Whiskey River, 1990; etc.). Read full book review >

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FRAMES  by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"A bonbon that can't be expected to grip like Estleman's edgier stuff (Gas City, 2008, etc.). Still, it's an entertaining journey, especially for movie buffs."
Wherever it is, he goes. Whenever it's buried, he digs. Whatever it takes, he does. Estleman introduces an amiable new sleuth in an offbeat new series. Read full book review >

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JOURNEY OF THE DEAD by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Deserves blue ribbons and rosettes."
As he shows here once more, the prolific Estleman (Billy Gashade, 1997, etc.) has no rival—not even Louis L'Amour—in evoking the American Southwest. Read full book review >

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JITTERBUG by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 1998

"304, plus 40 more), making the others in his guild look like apprentices."
In 1942 Detroit, as WWII heats up, a maniac/patriot stalks hoarders, slackers, and anyone else he thinks stands in the path of allied victory. Read full book review >

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STRESS by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 1996

New Year's Eve, 1972. Read full book review >