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Burning Midnight (Amos Walker Novels) Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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“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 on Infernal Angels
“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 on Infernal Angels
“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 on The Left-Handed Dollar
“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 on The Left-Handed Dollar
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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.
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.
As usual with the Walker books one has to suspend disbelief that a chain smoking hard drinking wise-cracking private eye straight out of the 1930s noir genre has somehow wandered into contemporary Detroit but this is easy to forget when almost every page contains Amos' laugh out loud verbal interplay with the other charcters or his own private ruminations. We also have the bonus of learning something about Alderdice private life that we have not before encountered.
All in all this book was an entertaining way to spend a few hours even if the twist ending was bit of a stretch.
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Estleman has been one of my all time favorite writers for many years.Never dissapoints .Published 6 months ago by rick conti
Solid Walker yarn,full of old story lines,pulled together.Mr.Estleman does a great job,Amos is and enduring figure.This in a sea of sewage known as Detroit.Published 13 months ago by Robert Radermecher
I like wisecracking detectives. I like Elvis Cole and Spenser but the author wants to insert a clever riposte every other sentence and it just doesn't work.Published on March 29, 2014 by Bebop
Loren Estleman mixed in some cultural/ethnic/international issues to complicate solving this Detroit-based detective story. Somewhat suspenseful and kept my attention.Published on September 18, 2013 by em
Maybe not as memorable as some of his earlier five-star Amos Walkers, but still a very good read. As always, one feels he or she is right in the gritty reality of the once great... Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by On Line from the Big Island
Gee, Estleman, I didn't think you were the sort for a cliffhanger. Hopefully this means that my friend Amos will be back very soon.Published on January 5, 2013 by Dynomoose