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Product Details

  • Series: Amos Walker Novels (Book 22)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1St Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765331209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765331205
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Infernal Angels:

“Shamus Award–winner Estleman demonstrates that the art of inserting a Philip Marlowe–esque hero into modern times is alive and well in his twenty-first novel featuring Detroit PI Amos Walker…. Estleman presents a powerful view of the battered inner city. Three decades on, Estleman and Walker show no signs of slowing down.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Estleman has piled up enough literary awards to add a wing to his home. Read this classic yet modern example of the hard-boiled detective novel and you’ll begin to understand why.”—Booklist

And for The Left-Handed Dollar:

“Estleman’s latest intricate and wholly enjoyable yarn is peppered with mob lore, Detroit history, and the ever-present one-liners. It’s sure to please fans of urban mysteries as well as classic detective genre devotees. Strongly recommended.”—Library Journal

“Amos Walker, the throwback private eye who operates out of Detroit in Loren D. Estleman’s hard-boiled mysteries, is a lot like the old Cutlass he drives. The guy may look beat up, but under the hood he’s a clean machine.”—The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Loren D. Estleman is author of more than sixty novels, including twenty-two featuring Amos Walker. Winner of four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards and three Western Heritage Awards, he lives in Michigan with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit VINE VOICE on June 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Amos Walker has plowed the streets of Detroit through 20 previous novels. And now, in the 21st entry in this remarkable series, he is confronted with finding a 14-year-old Mexican youth on behalf of his sometime friend, sometime nemesis, Inspector John Alderdyce. It seems Alderdyce's estranged son married a Mexican woman whose young brother has run away and become involved with one of two Mexican gangs in the Motor City. It takes him a day to find the boy, but then becomes involved in more than just a missing persons case.

The plot involves a power grab among the Detroit gangs and the original Zapatistas in Mexico itself. Along the way, of course, there are several murders, as to which the teen is also a witness, and even possibly a perpetrator, which complicates life for both Walker and his policeman friend. Mexicantown becomes a war zone. And Walker has to tread carefully to unwind the situation, as its source is unexpected.

The Walker series is well-recognized for the excellent structure, dialog and observations about Detroit, and "Burning Midnight" is no exception. Another outstanding feature of the books is its memorable characters. Amos Walker is a PI to be embraced.

Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After some 60 crime novels and 20+ in his popular Amos Walker series Loren Estleman has that genre wrapped up. His stories are assiduously plotted, alive with outre characters, and totally engrossing. They're fast reads - not that they're easy but because readers aren't able to put them down after a couple of pages. For me, this is especially true of those starring fast talking, hard-boiled detective Amos Walker. He drinks too much, smokes too much and fascinates us.

With Burning Midnight Walker receives an unexpected caller - a friend, Detroit Police Inspector John Alderdyce. The Inspector is worried about his son's brother-in-law, Ernesto Pasada, who has apparently gone missing. Alderdyce is of the opinion that Ernesto has been keeping some bad company, very bad company - a gang called the Maldados who hang out in what is known as Mexicantown. Well, if anyone knows Detroit, both the upside and downside of Detroit, it's Walker. He sets out to help his friend little knowing what he's getting himself into.

Now, what do gangs do? For one thing they feud, which is precisely what's going on and Walker is smack in the middle. The Maldados are going at it with the Zapatistas. Before long a gang leader is killed, then more deaths, fires and bottle bombs. However, once Walker is involved he realizes there's more afoot than a gang war, and that very well may involve conspiracy on an international level.

It may seem that this time Walker has bit off more than he can chew - read and see for yourself.

- Gail Cooke
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Strv 74 on July 3, 2012
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Amos Walker is probably getting close to 60 years old. He is finally being caught up by life and is having problems linked to earlier injuries but he is still in his mind the same hard boiled PI as ever. In this the 22nd book in the series he is doing his thing in Detroit in the old school way we are used to.

The Story is simple but gets more complicated and has a number of twists making it interesting. Walker is nowadays more of a talker than a doer but he gets the work done. The Dialogue is complicated since Walker never speaks in a clear way, only by using metaphors or hints that you have to be there to understand. But compared to "The Left-Handed Dollar" he has cleaned up his act somewhat making it not to hard to understand. And, of course there are many sentences you wish you could store away and use yourself in the future.

As usual he has no love life and not even any interesting women around but in the end of the book an old enemy makes her reappearance than brings hope for the future. I am still expecting him to do something about that in book No 23. Of course I will buy that one.

Two very minor complaints: The Finns are not descendants from the Huns. And there is no hostility between Finland-Sweden-Norway. In fact the political situation is so good it should be a model for the rest of the world.
Yes, they built M4 tanks in Detroit but they were not riveted. The were welded or cast. M3 tanks were riveted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Father Time on September 6, 2012
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Amos Walker is getting older, but he hasn't lost his sleuthing ability. More importantly, he still has his sense of humor. You know in an Amos Walker story that good will triumph over evil, but there will be some bruises along the way. After all these years, I still use Amos Walker quotes.

Father Time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. on July 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Amos Walker is an interesting private detective, and Loren D. Estleman is an interesting writer. I have read several of the Amos Walker novels now and enjoyed them. I always feel that there is something more to them than I am getting, as sometimes the author is a bit mystic with his phrases. But bottom line is the cases are never as interesting as the way they are portrayed. Burning Midnight was a bit confusing, but then, sorting it all out gave the PI the job that gave the author the story to ell, or something like that...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry from Herald on July 12, 2012
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Big surprise ..... THIS was a good book.
Cohesive, plausible technicals, and a twisty plot.
Look out John Sanford, your Prey books have a challenger..
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