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Product Details

  • Series: Amos Walker (Book 23)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765331217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765331212
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Detroit financier Alec Wynn’s wife has left him and then disappeared, and Wynn wants private investigator Amos Walker to find her, despite a note reading, “Don’t look for me.” Cecelia is a gold digger who has lived the life of the idle rich. Liquid lunches with her pals and assorted artsy hobbies have kept her out of Hubby’s bed most nights. Too tired, you know? Walker quickly determines that Cecelia had fired her latest maid and that she was currently into herbal remedies. Walker and the clerk at the herbal emporium hit it off, despite the dead body in the store basement. Moving along, Walker finds the former maid working at a porn studio, and where there’s porn, there’s Mob. There are also two Mossad agents who turn up dead. A direct descendant of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, Walker fires up a cig, has a sip of Scotch, and ponders how the case of a disappeared wife can get this complicated. Like Spade and Marlowe, he views a dishonest world with a cynical eye—and is still disappointed. A very good entry in a solid series. --Wes Lukowsky

About the Author

LOREN D. ESTLEMAN is the author of more than seventy novels, including twenty-two previous Amos Walker noir thrillers. He has won four Shamus Awards for his hard-boiled detective fiction, five Spur Awards for Western fiction, and three Western Heritage Awards. His most recent novel  is The Confessions of Al Capone, a major work based on the life of the infamous mobster. He lives with his wife, author Deborah Morgan, in central Michigan.


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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

Customer Reviews

I wish he was funnier though.
Ken C.
Loren Estleman writes great books and has created a truly iconic protagonist in Amos Walker.
D. P. Lyle
His descriptions of several characters are exquisite portraits.
Gloria Feit

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Manning on June 6, 2014
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I've been following the exploits of Amos Walker for so long that I feel I know his Detroit like the back of my hand, despite my never having been there.

For me, it's a city that only exists at 3am, or on a wet Monday in February. It just has that feel to it, and no matter the narrative, I can't escape the image whenever Walker hits the streets.

However, this latest case left me feeling lost in warm sunlight...
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From the moment I met Walker's client, Alec Wynn, I had a sense of déja vu. Not remarkable in itself; I get that a lot. But this was different - I had encountered this character before. Wife missing, only a note saying 'Don't look for me', no personal effects out of place - something about this case just didn't sit right.

Walker wasn't at his office when I visited, and I got past Rosecranz easily enough, never mind how. No prospective clients in the outer office meant I was free to try my luck on the inner door. It didn't give much trouble (what's there to steal in a P.I.'s office?) so I closed it quietly behind me and looked around.

Custer's Last Stand on the wall - check; souvenir ashtray from Traverse City - check; safe with spare shirt, extra bullets and the good Scotch - check.

That left the filing cabinet. A three-drawer relic from the Age of Wood, it offered little resistance to a letter-opener and a lot of determination.

I checked the clock. I had plenty of time - Walker wouldn't be back for a year or so. Then I dug deep into his files.

After what seemed like a month, but was only about half an hour, I found what I was looking for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C3g on April 8, 2014
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As a native Detroiter, I always appreciate the pictures Loren Estleman paints of this once- (and future-) great city. I have been reading Amos Walker since the series began and these hard-boiled detective stories are some of my favorites. This story is another page-turning treat. I overlook the reality that Amos should probably be retiring (just like I did with Spenser). Hope he is around for many more books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Marie on April 30, 2014
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I have read all of Loren Estleman's Amos Walker mysteries and he continues to keep the series fresh, engaging and exciting, a rare feat for any series, let alone one that has 23 books to its credit. Mr. Estleman is truly gifted with dialogue and gives Amos a distinct voice like no other in crime fiction today that I can recall - except perhaps for Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins.

Amos is what some would consider a dinosaur in today's techno world. He seems to have been born in another age, more akin to Sam Spade than Magnum PI. He likes to drink, although he has kicked his pain meds habit. And while he may be getter older, Don't Look For Me shows Amos still at the top of his game.

This time out, he's hired by an older wealthy businessman to find his much younger wife who has left with a note stating simply - don't ook for me. When Amos visits a health food store where the wife was known to frequent, a simple missing person case crosses over into something much more deadly - as a truly sinister baddie from a previous book is involved. Soon Amos, along with his ally police det. John Alderyce, realize they are up to it in their proverbial necks.

I won't provide more details so as not to spoil the fun. But for any reader who demands a cut above your standard crime fiction, you can't go wrong with Amos Walker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chaplain Mike on April 29, 2014
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As a huge Amos Walker fan I have to say I was somewhat disappointed. It looks like Mr Estleman is re-writing old short stories and turning them into books. I own all of the Amos Walker Series, including his short story volume. He does this with two other books (Nicotine Kiss and Never Street). Someone once said that when one starts to plagarize themselves, it usually means that they are on the way out. I hope not. I loved all of his other works. Its like getting a baloney sandwich when you are expecting prime rib!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn J. Rose on May 25, 2014
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Great description? Check
Snappy dialogue? Check
Tight action? Check
Trail of bodies? Check
Amos Walker is in fine form for a man his age, but was it too easy for him to take down his nemesis?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara DeHeck on April 4, 2014
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What a disappointment! I read the original, titled "I'm In the Book," in Estleman's short story collection "General Murders" in NINETEEN EIGHTY-EIGHT! It's padded out with Chinese and Israeli villains, not always believably, but the plot remains the same.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By larry coleman on March 28, 2014
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Estleman's "latest" is in fact an expanded, bloated version of a short story used in a recent mystery/detective writer's anthology and not a very good story at that and is far below the standards set by the author's works like The Hours Of The Virgin and American Detective.As noted on April 4th by another reviewer, this "effort" by Estleman is derived from an 18 page short story, " I'm In The Book" in the author's 1988 short story collection entitled "General Murders". The story was first published in 1986 in a collection called "The Mean Streets" by another publisher. The dedication to Stuart Kaminsky is appreciated, as is the snappy dialogue one finds in all the Amos Walker series, but this avid fan is very disappointed Estleman and his publisher Forge chose to go this route. Kirkus Reviews did not pick up on the "re-hash" nature of this book. A small literary irony also comes into play; the late and greatly missed Kaminsky's Lewis Fonesca, a widowed and bereaved former process server from Chicago living behind a Dairy Queen in Sarasota, Florida would have enjoyed uncovering this stunning example of literary lassitude. No link to the publisher of General Murders, Houghton Mifflin,and the publisher of "Don't Look For Me". Shame, Mr Estleman, shame...
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