Search Results: "Loren D. Estleman"


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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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MOTOWN by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1991

"As usual, Estleman's sly prose is good enough to make you read more than one page twice."
Sinewy second volume of Estleman's projected three-part paean to crime in Detroit. Read full book review >

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INFERNAL ANGELS by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2011

"Formulaic, to be sure, but steadfast marchers in Walker's army are not likely to complain."
Estleman composes still another hymn to Detroit, with Amos Walker soloing for the 21st time (The Left-handed Dollar, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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POISON BLONDE by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2003

"Sure, they're frequently pungent and often witty, but there comes a point when you crave a simple declarative sentence, maybe even a couple of them in a row, and some straightforward exposition without that unrelenting cleverness."
Here's the big question: Will Detroit shamus Amos Walker ever run out of wisecracks? 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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BLACK POWDER, WHITE SMOKE by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2002

"Estleman writes about master craftsmen, whatever his theme, either hangmen, automakers, or gunfighters, and then shapes sentences like prose poems to the craft at hand, his details sharp as metal shavings, in a voice all his own."
Stylist extraordinaire Estleman (The Master Executioner, 2001, etc.) deserves wider regard and a larger audience than he receives. (Hint to publisher: reprint Estleman's epic Detroit quintet in a single hardbound volume that would demand major reviews.) Read full book review >

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ALIVE! by Loren D. Estleman
Released: April 2, 2013

"Veteran Estleman (Alone, 2009, etc.), clearly more interested in past Hollywood lore than present-day mystery-mongering, is better as a tour guide (his apercus are right on the money) than as a plotter, and the only thing the killer does to make himself memorable is slink off into the fog way too early."
Another priceless bit of Hollywood lore surfaces, fascinating archivist Valentino and killing one of his best friends. 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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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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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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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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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 >