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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Request Audiobooks (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933299878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933299877
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,710,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Estleman's Amos Walker is at or near the top of the list of hardboiled private eyes and fans will gobble up these 10 short stories. Dating from 1982 to 1987, these samplings are good indicators of the pleasures in Estleman's longer works ( Motor City Blue , Downriver ). "Greektown," "Eight Mile and Dequindre" and "The Prettiest Dead Girl in Detroit" convey especially well the gritty flavor of Detroit. "Robbers' Roost" and "Bloody July" are both evocative of the lurid days of Prohibition. "I'm in the Book" is almost a mood piecedespite its hard edgeswith a misty, ambiguous ending. Walker is a wonderful creation, the epitome of the handsome, hard-drinking, hard-punching tough guy with a heart. His first-person narrative style is probably what appeals most, both to moderns and to devotees of the Hammett-Chandler tradition of cracking wise: "You don't like blondes?" a woman asks Walker. He says, "I'm not sure I ever met one." A must for private-eye buffs.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From AudioFile

Robert Forster's low, gravelly voice is the perfect accompaniment for Estleman's five hard-boiled detective stories. PI Amos Walker pursues corruption and crime in Detroit. Forster is particularly good in his portrayal of the wise-cracking, streetwise detective. He also moves easily from one character to another and quickly engages listeners in his smooth performance. Forster's flat, gritty style perfectly suits the plots of these quick-paced, ruthless, and utterly entrancing stories. Forster's voice reflects the building suspense in some stories and the simple logic used to solve crimes in others. This well-performed presentation will please Estleman fans as well as those who simply enjoy murder mysteries. S.C.A. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on March 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"General Murders" is a collection of ten Amos Walker short stories that are done every bit as well as any of the Detroit P.I.'s best novels. Author Loren Estleman proves himself to every bit as effective working in the short form as he is with his novels. As the title implies, the stories mostly deal with death and murder, but they all come with a twist, most of them unforseemn and satisfying. Walker is the most Phillip Marlowe-like P.I. walking the means streets today. Any P.I. fan owes it to themselves to make his acquaintence. At at brief 230 pages, this book is a quick delight.
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I loved this audiobook! I am probably ruined now for any other reader of this series besides Robert Forster. His voice will forever be that of Amos Walker PI for me. Perfect. Truly.

This is the first in the Walker series for me, and based on this experience it won't be my last. Great dialogue, wonderfully descriptive passages throughout that just bring these stories home in living color.
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By Rocky on April 14, 2010
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Ordinarily I detest short stories. But this combination of classic Amos Walker mysteries is the greatest. Easy reading, exciting, and typically humorous at times, I would recommend to all RB Parker, Chandler, Sue Grafton, etc. fans.
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By jjaarn on July 26, 2013
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if you every read loren d estleman, you will love this book--- he does alot of local detroit area references that i relate to
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By Chloecat on October 24, 2014
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Best writer ever
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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