Nicotine Kiss

An Amos Walker Novel

Amos Walker Novels (Volume 18)

Loren D. Estleman

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Sometimes friendship is the only thing you can count on. Just before Thanksgiving, an old friend, cigarette smuggler Jeff Starzek, saved private detective Amos Walker’s life by getting him to the hospital when he was shot. After New Year’s, Walker gets a frantic call from Starzek’s sister. Jeff’s missing; hasn’t been in touch for weeks. It’s just not like him.

Now Walker, still gimpy and rehabbing, is trying to find Starzek. All he has to go on is his knowledge of Starzek’s territory—the Lake Huron shore north of Detroit—and a tip from Homeland Security agent Herbert Clemson. Clemson, who is also looking for Starzek, says the missing man might be connected to counterfeiters with ties to terrorists.

Walker can't really see Starzek getting involved in a scheme so different from his usual line of work. When he visits the man's brother, a minister of an evangelical church, Walker finds a huge stack of treasury paper perfect for printing $20 bills—but Starzek's brother is also missing. The counterfeiters are damn serious—serious enough to make Starzek's brother disappear, and serious enough to try and kill Walker when he pokes around their operation. Hell of a way to protect an investment.

But Walker, gimpy, in pain, cold and tired, can’t give up on Starzek. It’s a matter of friendship, and he won’t let down a friend. He just hopes his loyalty doesn’t get him killed.

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Chapter One 
Someone had disinterred “Big John” from the back of the vintage Rock-Ola. Jimmy Dean’s bass struck bedrock on the big, bad refrain, buzzing the speakers and rippling the surface of my Carling Black Label, the muscatel of bottled beer. The neon tubing behind the bar cast rose-petal light over everything.
 
Spike’s Keg o’ Nails smelled of beer and cedar and mothballs, the last from the blaze-orange and red-and-black-check coats that had hung in upstairs closets from January to November. Two hunters with sooty eleven o’clock shadows taught body English to the shuffleboard

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“No one comes closer to capturing the spirit of the noir master [Raymond Chandler’s] work than Estleman.” —Associated Press

“Estleman delivers gripping action and satisfying irony, further cementing the solitary, hard-boiled P.I.’s reputation for giving as good as he gets. The riveting chase scenes are tailor-made for the screen.” —Booklist


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Loren D. Estleman

Loren D. Estleman is the author of more than fifty novels (all of which were written on a manual typewriter), this being the eighteenth featuring private eye Amos Walker. His other novels include Retro, the seventeenth Amos Walker novel, City of Widows, and Little Black Dress, a Peter Macklin novel. His work has earned him three Shamus Awards, four Golden Spur Awards, and three Western Heritage Awards thus far. He currently resides in Michigan with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.

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Nicotine Kiss
An Amos Walker Novel
Loren D. Estleman

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429911856
ISBN10: 1429911859
256 pages
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Tom Doherty Associates
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March 2011
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ISBN: 9780765328458
ISBN10: 0765328453
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
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