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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books; First Edition edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193556224X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935562245
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. All the elements that have made Estleman one of the best hard-boiled writers of all time--just a notch below Chandler and Hammett--are present in these 32 short stories. Remarkably, he has kept his Detroit-based Amos Walker series (Motor City Blue) fresh after three decades and 20 novels, and any fan of the genre who has yet to encounter the ex-cop turned PI will get a great introduction through this collection. What's most impressive is Estleman's ability to blend sharp-edged language, cynical characters, betrayals, twists, and a memorable narrative voice within the short story format. He also manages to inject dark humor into his work that keeps the violence, corruption, and double-crosses from becoming too grim ("I don't have so many friends I can afford to drop one just because he tried to kill me"). Longtime fans will welcome the author's informative introduction.
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Hard-boiled Detroit private investigator Amos Walker debuted 30 years ago in the novel Motor City Blue (1980). The series has earned Estleman four Shamus Awards, and two entries in the series were New York Times Notable Books selections. The 32 stories in the collection range from standard missing-person cases, to a bizarre investigation that hinges on a tattoo, to a few in which Walker ventures outside his black-and-white hometown to the greener but sometimes more deadly Michigan countryside. In the latter category is “Cigarette Stop” in which deadly trouble follows Walker after he makes a simple stop for a pack of smokes. Walker investigates a possible suicide in “Major Crimes” for an insurance company looking to avoid a large life insurance payout. Even Walker’s cynicism is tested when everyone involved in the case—including the insurance company—is complicit in the victim’s death. Walker has a built-in audience of devoted fans; new readers who check out this sampler will be pleased to know they have 30 years of fine novels waiting for them. --Wes Lukowsky

Customer Reviews

I love that there are so many stories in this collection.
Judy Rekola
Good, entertaining, light reading where several of the stories have interesting twists as Amos rapidly solves the 'mystery'....
NYer
I had found a couple Amos Walker books recently and really enjoyed them so I thought I would buy this one.
Darrel

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2011
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Loren Estleman is simply a great mystery writer - a great plotter, stylist and creater of PI Amos Walker and the denizens of Detroit he rubs up against. As I've read over the years my tastes have evolved. Chandler now seems campy too often, Ross MacDonald fine but restrained, and I've gained even more respect for Estleman's ability to tell a story with the snap and punch of the eldest masters, more style and wordplay, and zero camp. This collection of Amos Walker stories is classic great PI material - just do yourself a favor and buy it.

Also, I can't remember which of his many books this was in, but at one point, describing Detroit's old Olympia hockey arena, Estleman wrote a full-page sentence describing the place and its game night aromas - ending with "and popcorn farts." God bless the great writer who isn't afraid to acknowledge the popcorn fart.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tech Teacher on April 25, 2011
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I bought this one day when I was away from home and needed a book on Kindle. It was the only Amos Walker book available from Kindle that I hadn't read. I typically don't go for short stories but I thought I would give this a try. If you like Amos Walker you will enjoy this. It gives great insight into his character and provides a glimpse of what some of his more mundane or less involved cases might look like.

If you like short detective stories I think you will like this too. In short, it's an immensely satisfying read for fans of detective fiction or Amos Walker.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2012
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Each story Loren D. Estleman's "Amos Walker: The complete Story Collection" reads like a script for those one-hour private investigator dramas - only better. The picturesque individuals and verbal landscapes Estelman paints are delightfully intelligent and rarely found in more recent crime novels and short stories. Each story is written with style and the characters drawn with substance - no lightweights here.

Amos Walker is a man of his time; he smokes; and he's street-wise and people savvy. In these stories, the bad guys are bad and the guilty party is an obvious choice. However, Amos Walker's getting to the point of fingering the culprit is done through deductive reasoning and logic. Loose ends are tied up; conclusions are satisfying.

If you enjoy an intelligently written short story - whether you regularly read crime stories, or prefer other genres - I urge you to try Loren D. Estelman's "Amos Walker: The Complete Story Collection." I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Darrel on May 29, 2011
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I had found a couple Amos Walker books recently and really enjoyed them so I thought I would buy this one. It contained 32 short stories, about 10 or so pages long each. Every evening for about two weeks I would read a couple. It was great because I could digest a couple interesting stories each night. I would recommend this book for anyone that likes a good detective story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leigh B. Fountain on April 30, 2014
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...and you get 30 solid introductions to him, from approx age 32 in 1982, Detroit PI Amos Walker ages slowly but surely throughout this book. Then you realize there are 22+ solid novels from 1980's "Motor City blues" to a book to be published in June 2014. Same great voice throughout, same amazing use of his beloved ,decrepit Detroit as the 2nd character. Mr. Gentleman also writes Westerns, with even more sales success I've heard, and some interesting historical fiction, also about Detroit, but has dabbled in Sherlock pastiche, and some non-fiction. I can only speak of this Amos Walker series. Share it has the typical ploys of him getting beaten nearly to death and then climbing out of the hospital bed the next day almost okay, to quickly self-medicate with Scotch ,then loyally report to his client. But this is not cliché filled like Mike Hammer (except Spillane kinda created the cliches, but) nor is it reassuringly softened down like Robert B Parker's knight-like Spencer. There is no steady lady, either a tough Velda or an Id-mirroring Susan Silverman. Amos does not even have a pet, or anything worth stealing or threatening, except his obstinate hard-earned self. These books are dark, realistic (to a point) & readable as hell. They need to be on every PI-/crime reader's bucket list. They are Damn Good. They say Robert B Parker, since he did his doctorate on Chandler is the inheritor of the genre, but if you read Poodle Springs, in the other Chambler attempt he made... Well there's just no New Chandler. ( &hey I like Spencer just as much as the next guy there pretty darn good too). But I would say Amos Walker is the Marlowe of the second half of the 20th century, hands down. Think that's extravagant ? Well this short story collection is Amazon Prime. Borrow it for free and see if you don't jump right into the novels. I'm on Poisoned Blonde, #15, & I ain't slowin' down ...just like Amos in his souped-up 1970 Cutless with the 1975 Caddy engine. Vroom!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Greenspan on July 21, 2013
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Terrific writing. Economical, tough, witty, observant. The character of Amos Walker belongs in the company of Spenser and Archie Goodwin, though he's more world-weary than either. Some quotes:

"in my business lawyers mean a warm feeling in the pit of the bank account."

"While waiting for him to answer I watched the snow floating down outside the window turn brown before it reached the ground."

"you're harder to get hold of than an eel with sunburn."

"I brought my right fist scooping up, catching him on the point of the chin and closing his mouth with a loud clop. I stepped back to give him room to fall. He used it."

A few times the culprit's too easy to spot, and the limitations of the short-detective-story form cause some repetitiveness of plot, so I'd recommend taking a break after each story. Also there are a regrettable number of typos, but for me at least that isn't a disqualifying flaw.

Overall an exceptional collection.
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More About the Author

Loren D. Estleman graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Journalism. In 2002, his alma mater presented him with an honorary doctorate in letters. He left the job market in 1980 to write full time, after a few years spent "pounding out beat-the-train journalism" during his day job as a reporter before going home and writing fiction at night.

His first novel was published in 1976, and has been followed by more than 70 books and hundreds of short stories and articles. His series include novels about Detroit detective Amos Walker, professional killer Peter Macklin, L.A. film detective and amateur sleuth Valentino, and the Detroit crime series. On the western side is the U.S. Deputy Marshal Page Murdock series. Additionally, he's written dozens of stand-alone novels.

His books have been translated into 27 languages and have won multiple Shamus, Spur, Western Heritage, and Stirrup awards. He has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. In 2012, the Western Writers of America honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

He lives in Michigan and is married to writer Deborah Morgan. Find out more about Estleman and his books on his website: lorenestleman.com

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