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American Detective

American Detective

An Amos Walker Novel

Amos Walker Novels (Volume 19)

Loren D. Estleman

Forge Books



In Loren D. Estleman's hardboiled American Detective, Amos Walker returns for his nineteenth outing in his most challenging case yet.

Ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher Darius Fuller wants Walker to break off his daughter's engagement to Hilary Bairn, a man he believes is after her two million dollar trust. Walker goes to Bairn's apartment, only to be ambushed by cops. A murder has taken place, and the victim is Fuller's daughter. Walker and the cops assume that Bairn is the murderer, but Walker has no idea what he is getting into.

Walker is led to a meeting with a casino owner, who tells him Bairn owed money to a loan shark. The loan shark tells Walker that he is not the only one after Bairn. Soon Walker finds himself on the run from crooked cops and vile gangsters. Every time Walker thinks he's solved the case, he finds out he is farther from the truth than when he started. This case will take all of Walker's cunning, and will prove to be his greatest trial ever!

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Chapter One

The driveway was white stone, like a spill of salt between polished granite posts. A square of teal-colored lawn lay on either side, with furniture arranged on it in suites no decorator would approve: sectional sofas next...

Praise for American Detective

“Estleman turns Amos Walker loose in a plot and it's pure private eye all the way. No one does it better.” —Elmore Leonard

“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

“Loren D. Estleman is one of a handful of candidates for the title of true heir to Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald.” —Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition

“Highly recommended.” —

“Estleman delivers some outstanding stuff that could come only from an old pro.” —New York Times


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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), including the private eye Amos Walker series. His novels include Retro, 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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