The Left-handed Dollar

Amos Walker Novels (Volume 20)

Loren D. Estleman

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Joseph Michael Ballista—”Joey Ballistic” to his mob buddies—knows most of the ways to make an illegal buck, or “a lefthanded dollar.” That’s why he’s in trouble again. But his crafty lawyer, Lucille Lettermore—”Lefty Lucy” to just about every prosecutor she’s ever humiliated in court—is determined to free him by getting all his previous convictions set aside, beginning with one for attempted murder.

She hires Detroit private detective Amos Walker to investigate the old crime. Walker’s first problem? The intended victim was investigative reporter Barry Stackpole, Walker’s only true friend. Walker’s not thrilled to help get his buddy’s would-be killer off the hook. But money’s money, so he takes the case, though it won’t be easy. For starters, though the creep’s ex-wives grudgingly talk to Walker, he knows they’re not leveling with him. And two new murders tied to the case aren’t likely to make them any chattier.

Walker, friendless and desperate for answers, follows a string of leads old and new straight into a war of nerves and bullets in Detroit’s seedy, crime-ridden underbelly.

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Lucille Lettermore had a reputation for blindsiding prose­cutors in court. She’d memorized the Michigan Penal Code and sprang up through loopholes to lash out at them unexpectedly in a kind of reverse Whack- a-Mole game.
Although she took on all sorts of clients, she preferred the unpopu lar ones: Communists, terrorists, Demo crats, and other enemies of the social order. She’d spent more time behind bars on contempt charges than Koko the Giant Go­rilla and had had her life threatened by people from every walk of society, including a Jesuit priest.

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Praise for American Detective, one of Publishers Weekly’s 100 best books of 2007 and the nineteenth Amos Walker mystery:

“Estleman turns Amos Walker loose in a plot and it’s pure private eye all the way. In a great tradition, the gumshoe with an attitude. No one does it better.”—Elmore Leonard, bestselling author of Get Shorty

“Loren D. Estleman is one of a handful of candidates for the title of true heir to Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald. He is a great ‘American Detective’ writer.” —Max Alan Collins, author of Road to Perdition

“Confirms that Estleman's long-running contemporary hard-boiled hero deserves a place in the genre pantheon with such better-known figures as Raymond Chandler's classic gumshoe, Philip Marlowe, and Robert Parker's Boston PI, Spenser. Estleman's prose is as gritty and compelling as ever as he lets fly razor-sharp dialogue, brings the Motor City to life, and combines a whodunit plot with traditional noir action.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Loren D. Estleman

LOREN D. ESTLEMAN is the author of more than sixty novels. He has won four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards, and three Western Heritage Awards among others. He lives with his wife, author Deborah Morgan, in central Michigan.

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The Left-handed Dollar
Loren D. Estleman

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
December 2010
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ISBN: 9781429925433
ISBN10: 1429925434
288 pages
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January 2013
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ISBN: 9780765319579
ISBN10: 0765319578
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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