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  • Hardcover: 637 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (19 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193556224X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935562245
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,488,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amos Walker Loren D. Estleman collects every story featuring the popular and long-lasting PI Amos Walker, including a brand-new story. Full description

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Warrior on 23 Jun. 2011
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Being a huge fan of private eye novels over many years, I was unaware of Ronal Estlemans Amos Walker series until recently, and am now wholly hooked on this character and the world he inhabits.
All these stories have a gritty, dark edge to them more reminiscent of Chandler/Spillane than the modern Robert Parker novels, but just as good, if not better.
Amos Walker now stands alongside Phillip Marlow and Mike Hammer on my bookshelves, and long may they remain.
Estleman is not a self-aggrandising author, interested in only writing bestsellers like so many others today, and so has remained somewhat in the background, despite being awarded some of the most prestigious awards for his fiction.
This collection of his short stories/novellas is perfect for the rainy day/night reader, who yearns for something to get their teeth into, and has held me in suspense from page one.
I particularly like Estlemans sparse dialogue and first-person narrative, with a descriptive style that many other authors should take note of.
There's not one single story in this book that could be called "padding out," and each is a stand-alone marvel of the type of detective noir sadly missing from todays more modern authors.
There's no political correctness present, as the main character is a grizzled Vietnam Veteran (the first stories were set in the early 70's/80's), who smokes, drinks and takes no prisoners in any of his escapades.
I love the setting of Detroit for these stories, having been there myself, and the gritty urban sprawl is beautifully captured in all of Estlemans stories.
Never has the home of Motown seemed so dark and dangerous before, with characters as flawed as their surroundings.
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By Robert on 8 Nov. 2012
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A worthy successor to Chandler. Writing spare not a word wasted. Great one liners and each plot interesting, loved it.
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Good to the last page. You can take a break and come back to it and pick up where you left off like an old friend.
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By William on 28 Mar. 2015
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I enjoyed all these stories, I have been listening to them vis audible, and an truly hooked.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Mystery Writer - Outstanding Stories 23 Mar. 2011
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Loren Estleman is simply a great mystery writer - a great plotter, stylist and creater of PI Amos Walker and the denizens of Detroit he rubs up against. As I've read over the years my tastes have evolved. Chandler now seems campy too often, Ross MacDonald fine but restrained, and I've gained even more respect for Estleman's ability to tell a story with the snap and punch of the eldest masters, more style and wordplay, and zero camp. This collection of Amos Walker stories is classic great PI material - just do yourself a favor and buy it.

Also, I can't remember which of his many books this was in, but at one point, describing Detroit's old Olympia hockey arena, Estleman wrote a full-page sentence describing the place and its game night aromas - ending with "and popcorn farts." God bless the great writer who isn't afraid to acknowledge the popcorn fart.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Fans of Amos Walker, pick this up 26 April 2011
By Tech Teacher - Published on
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I bought this one day when I was away from home and needed a book on Kindle. It was the only Amos Walker book available from Kindle that I hadn't read. I typically don't go for short stories but I thought I would give this a try. If you like Amos Walker you will enjoy this. It gives great insight into his character and provides a glimpse of what some of his more mundane or less involved cases might look like.

If you like short detective stories I think you will like this too. In short, it's an immensely satisfying read for fans of detective fiction or Amos Walker.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Read Like Scripts For One-Hour PI Dramas... 22 Feb. 2012
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Each story Loren D. Estleman's "Amos Walker: The complete Story Collection" reads like a script for those one-hour private investigator dramas - only better. The picturesque individuals and verbal landscapes Estelman paints are delightfully intelligent and rarely found in more recent crime novels and short stories. Each story is written with style and the characters drawn with substance - no lightweights here.

Amos Walker is a man of his time; he smokes; and he's street-wise and people savvy. In these stories, the bad guys are bad and the guilty party is an obvious choice. However, Amos Walker's getting to the point of fingering the culprit is done through deductive reasoning and logic. Loose ends are tied up; conclusions are satisfying.

If you enjoy an intelligently written short story - whether you regularly read crime stories, or prefer other genres - I urge you to try Loren D. Estelman's "Amos Walker: The Complete Story Collection." I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fun Reading 29 May 2011
By Darrel - Published on
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I had found a couple Amos Walker books recently and really enjoyed them so I thought I would buy this one. It contained 32 short stories, about 10 or so pages long each. Every evening for about two weeks I would read a couple. It was great because I could digest a couple interesting stories each night. I would recommend this book for anyone that likes a good detective story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The best PI voice since Chandler's Mallory/Marlowe! 1 May 2014
By Leigh B. Fountain - Published on
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...and you get 30 solid introductions to him, from approx age 32 in 1982, Detroit PI Amos Walker ages slowly but surely throughout this book. Then you realize there are 22+ solid novels from 1980's "Motor City blues" to a book to be published in June 2014. Same great voice throughout, same amazing use of his beloved ,decrepit Detroit as the 2nd character. Mr. Gentleman also writes Westerns, with even more sales success I've heard, and some interesting historical fiction, also about Detroit, but has dabbled in Sherlock pastiche, and some non-fiction. I can only speak of this Amos Walker series. Share it has the typical ploys of him getting beaten nearly to death and then climbing out of the hospital bed the next day almost okay, to quickly self-medicate with Scotch ,then loyally report to his client. But this is not cliché filled like Mike Hammer (except Spillane kinda created the cliches, but) nor is it reassuringly softened down like Robert B Parker's knight-like Spencer. There is no steady lady, either a tough Velda or an Id-mirroring Susan Silverman. Amos does not even have a pet, or anything worth stealing or threatening, except his obstinate hard-earned self. These books are dark, realistic (to a point) & readable as hell. They need to be on every PI-/crime reader's bucket list. They are Damn Good. They say Robert B Parker, since he did his doctorate on Chandler is the inheritor of the genre, but if you read Poodle Springs, in the other Chambler attempt he made... Well there's just no New Chandler. ( &hey I like Spencer just as much as the next guy there pretty darn good too). But I would say Amos Walker is the Marlowe of the second half of the 20th century, hands down. Think that's extravagant ? Well this short story collection is Amazon Prime. Borrow it for free and see if you don't jump right into the novels. I'm on Poisoned Blonde, #15, & I ain't slowin' down ...just like Amos in his souped-up 1970 Cutless with the 1975 Caddy engine. Vroom!
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