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Nicotine Kiss

An Amos Walker Novel

Amos Walker Novels

Loren Estleman

Forge Books

In this first paperback edition of Loren Estleman’s signature PI series, Amos Walker, the quintessential hard-boiled detective, proves that he’s mortal after all. Jeff Starzek, an old friend who smuggles cigarettes for a living, saves Walker’s life, getting him to the hospital after he’s taken a bullet in the leg. A month later, still convalescing, Walker gets a panicked phone call from Starzek’s sister. Jeff is missing. One of the few leads is a Homeland Security agent who’s after Starzek, in connection with a counterfeiting operation that may have terrorist ties.

Though Walker doubts Starzek is a terrorist, he finds treasury paper at a church run by Starzek’s brother. Then Starzek’s brother disappears too. Back to square one, Walker follows his best hunch, driving Starzek’s usual cigarette route along the Lake Huron shore, and finally gets a solid lead on the paper hangers. But before Walker can break the case, someone tries to shoot him—and he’s accused of murder. Walker will need all of his intestinal fortitude, injured leg notwithstanding, to stay alive long enough to figure out who’s doing what to whom, in time to save his friend.

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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
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Praise for Nicotine Kiss

“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
 

“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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Loren Estleman

  • LOREN D. ESTLEMAN has written more than sixty novels, this being the eighteenth featuring Amos Walker. His fiction has earned him many awards, including four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards, and three Western Heritage Awards. He lives with his wife, author Deborah Morgan, in Michigan.
  • Loren D. Estleman Deborah Morgan
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    An Amos Walker Novel

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    Loren Estleman

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