Retro

Retro

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Loren Estleman is the quintessential noir detective writer, and Amos Walker is his quintessential noir detective. Walker has made a lot of friends - and more than a few enemies - in his years as a detective in Detroit, but he has never had to deal with quite the trouble he finds when he agrees to grant the death-bed wish of Beryl Garnet. Beryl was a successful madam who had a son long ago; she asks Walker to make sure that her son gets her ashes when she's gone. He finds her son, who has been in Canada evading the law since he was a Vietnam War protester in the 1960s. A simple favour, melancholy, but benign. Except that before Walker can get settled back in Detroit, Garnet's son is dead, with him as the prime suspect. He has little choice but to find out who might have done the deed and tried to pin the blame on him...and in the process he discovers another murder, of a boxer from the 1940s, Curtis Smallwood, who happens to have been the dead man's father. If that wasn't bad enough, his task is made much more complicated by the fact that the two murders, fifty-three years apart, were committed with the very same gun. And in a place where it was impossible for a gun to be.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 147.3 x 217.4 x 24.9mm | 430.92g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765304481
  • 9780765304483

Review quote

"Reading a new Amos Walker adventure is like settling down and listening to an old, reliably entertaining friend."--"Publishers Weekly""" "Loren D. Estleman makes his strongest stand for the pure, unvarnished glory of the classic American private eye in "Retro"." -- "The New York Times"show more

About Loren D. Estleman

Loren D. Estleman was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA degree in English Literature and Journalism in 1974. In 2002, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters for his contribution to American literature. He is the author of more than fifty novels in the categories of mystery, historical western, and mainstream, and has received four Western Writers of American Golden Spur Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, and three Shamus Awards. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Britain's Silver Dagger, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003, the mammoth "Encyclopedia of Detective Fiction" named him the most critically acclaimed writer of U.S. detectiveshow more

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4 44% (44)
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