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Burning Midnight (Amos Walker Novels) Hardcover – June 5, 2012

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Book 22 of 22 in the Amos Walker Mystery Series

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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

About the Author

LOREN D. ESTLEMAN has written more than sixty novels, including Frames, Gas City, and American Detective. His work has earned him 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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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: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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.

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This latest Amos Walker novel contains all of the repartee we have come to expect between Amos, John Alderdyce and other incidental characters he encounters along the way to solving this latest puzzle. The plot begins with a plea from his old frenemy Alderdyce to find his grandson, who recently hooked up with a local hispanic gang and has now disappeared. Along the way to solving the disappearance Walker becomes involved with some arsons and a couple of murders. (Not including a mouse.) The plot is a little more complex than the usual Walker novels and I found it a little difficult to track at times because of the plot machinations and the numerous characters.

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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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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Estleman is a master of description and characterization and hard-boiled detective Amos Walker is a master of navigating the mean streets of Detroit and solving tough cases no one else will touch. 4.5 stars because Amos wasn't always a step ahead of me like usual. Maybe I'm getting better at picking up the clues. Or maybe that bullet wound is slowing Amos down.
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