Search Results: "Loren D. Estleman"


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PORT HAZARD by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Louis L'Amour looks down with envy."
Having shut down the whiskey, music, and fast cars of his superb industrial Detroit quintet with 1999's Thunder City, stylist Estleman returns with a historical western in mirror-smooth mahogany prose. Read full book review >

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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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NEVER STREET by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 1997

"Detroit's summer of power outages provides a brilliant backdrop for Walker's Chandleresque storytelling at its most gaudy and orchestral, with enough lush villainy for three ordinary novels."
Amos Walker, waiting in the wings ever since Sweet Women Lie (1990) while Estleman worked on his epic cycle of Detroit crime novels (Stress, 1996, etc.), is back—back to the 1940s, it seems, since his search for video producer Neil Catalin, whose quiet demeanor masked an obsession with film noir classics, takes Walker chasing down the same rain-soaked streets. Read full book review >

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ROY & LILLIE by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"More anecdotal than novelistic, it's too slight to rank with his best, but the Estleman hallmark has always been the quality of the prose. After 60 or so books (Alone, 2009, etc.) that remains fresh, flavorful and worth the price."
Rowdy Roy Bean, lovely Lillie Langtry—a fine romance with no kisses. Read full book review >

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NICOTINE KISS by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2006

"No surprises, of course—a tradition is a tradition—but few among the Private Eye Writers of America can do it better."
In his 18th investigation (Retro, 2005, etc.), the last pure gumshoe standing does it mostly on one leg. 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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YOU KNOW WHO KILLED ME by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Modest, tidy and fast-moving: a pleasing lesser entry in Walker's dossier."
Amos Walker's 24th case takes him from Detroit to the suburban wilds of Iroquois Heights, where the natives are just as restless. Read full book review >

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SHOOT by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Valentino's most relaxed and accomplished appearance to date, one whose tone of sunset valediction perfectly suits what sounds uncomfortably (say it ain't so!) like Estleman's farewell to the two genres he's been masterfully associated with for 30 years."
Estleman combines his two greatest loves, sleuthing and Westerns, in film-preservation detective Valentino's fourth appearance. 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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BRAZEN by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Middling, highly proficient work from a pro who makes a virtue of economy by getting every chapter, scene, and sentence to pull its weight and then some."
Who says blondes have more fun? Certainly not the three women who are killed in unnervingly precise restagings of the death scenes of real-life Hollywood blondes. 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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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 >