The Left-handed Dollar
An Amos Walker NovelAmos Walker Novels (Volume 20)
Loren D. Estleman
Joseph Michael Ballista—"Joey Ballistic" to his mob buddies—knows most of the ways to make an illegal buck, or a "left-handed 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, starting with one for attempted murder.
When she hires Detroit private detective Amos Walker to look into the old crime, she immediately has a problem: the intended victim was investigative reporter Barry Stackpole, Walker's only real friend. Walker's not thrilled to help get his buddy's would-be killer off the hook. But money's money. It won't be easy. For starters, though Joey's ex-wives grudgingly talk with Walker, he knows they're not really leveling with him. And two new murders tied to the case aren't likely to make them 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. It'll be a dirty job for Walker in The Left-Handed Dollar, Loren D. Estleman's twentieth Amos Walker mystery.
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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.
Praise for The Left-handed Dollar
“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 on American Detective
“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 on American Detective
“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 on American Detective-