Infernal Angels (Amos Walker Mysteries) Hardcover – 5 Jul 2011
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It all starts with a late-night quest for coffee. Walker's out of it and goes to the local Walgreens for some more. A cop friend who's staking out the store gives him a tip on some stolen cable converter boxes, which seems like a quick and easy way for Walker to bring in some money. Little does he know that said boxes will soon involve him with the seedier side of Detroit as well as become a national security issue. It also brings in some old friends. The next time Walker runs out of coffee, he may just go back to bed.
Infernal Angels finds Walker torn in three different directions by representatives of law enforcement, and it's fun watching him interact with all of them, occasionally playing them off of one another. Jurisdiction battles are quite common in police novels, but it's interesting to see one from an outsider's point of view.
As usual, Estelman's dialogue is top-notch. Walker quips his way through danger when the going gets too rough. The interplay between the cops, the Feds, and Walker is also excellent. The best example, though, is the conversations between Walker and the various fences where he begins the investigation of the converter boxes.
The characters in Infernal Angels are just as interesting and quirky as ever too. There's Eugenia Pappas, wife of a now-dead criminal, who appears to be trying to take his business legitimate, though she isn't keeping an eye on the people around her. She thinks she can buy her way into Heaven in other ways than just living a virtuous life.Read more ›
Infernal Angels is a very odd offering in the Amos Walker series: a chance meeting with a policeman leads to a three-day job to find a few stolen TV converter boxes. I suppose that Loren D. Estleman meant that opening to be odd and offbeat, but ultimately it doesn't quite make sense. A little broader premise would have made the opening a lot stronger. As usual, Walker is soon surrounded by corpses so the need to investigate starts to make more sense, even if the opening does seem a little forced.
What does ring true, however, are most of the references to leg pain and the scummy sources of information for tracking down such a crime. The leg pain writing is undercut by turning Walker into a runner. Now, really?
The plot ultimately has some twists and turns that will probably surprise you. I was reminded of some of "The Red Headed League" in some ways . . . as an unlikely beginning connected to an unexpected conclusion.
Should you read the book? Probably. But it's certainly one of the weaker entries in the series.