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General Murders [Hardcover]

Loren D. Estleman


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Aug. 31 1989
These ten Walker shorts deliver everything readers have come to expect from Loren Estleman, including the colourful characters, twisting plots and dialogue. This is published simultaneously with his new novel "Silent Thunder".

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (Aug. 31 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333489314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333489314
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g

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From Publishers Weekly

Estleman's Amos Walker is at or near the top of the list of hardboiled private eyes and fans will gobble up these 10 short stories. Dating from 1982 to 1987, these samplings are good indicators of the pleasures in Estleman's longer works ( Motor City Blue , Downriver ). "Greektown," "Eight Mile and Dequindre" and "The Prettiest Dead Girl in Detroit" convey especially well the gritty flavor of Detroit. "Robbers' Roost" and "Bloody July" are both evocative of the lurid days of Prohibition. "I'm in the Book" is almost a mood piecedespite its hard edgeswith a misty, ambiguous ending. Walker is a wonderful creation, the epitome of the handsome, hard-drinking, hard-punching tough guy with a heart. His first-person narrative style is probably what appeals most, both to moderns and to devotees of the Hammett-Chandler tradition of cracking wise: "You don't like blondes?" a woman asks Walker. He says, "I'm not sure I ever met one." A must for private-eye buffs.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From AudioFile

Robert Forster's low, gravelly voice is the perfect accompaniment for Estleman's five hard-boiled detective stories. PI Amos Walker pursues corruption and crime in Detroit. Forster is particularly good in his portrayal of the wise-cracking, streetwise detective. He also moves easily from one character to another and quickly engages listeners in his smooth performance. Forster's flat, gritty style perfectly suits the plots of these quick-paced, ruthless, and utterly entrancing stories. Forster's voice reflects the building suspense in some stories and the simple logic used to solve crimes in others. This well-performed presentation will please Estleman fans as well as those who simply enjoy murder mysteries. S.C.A. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Crackles Like a .38 Special March 4 2002
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"General Murders" is a collection of ten Amos Walker short stories that are done every bit as well as any of the Detroit P.I.'s best novels. Author Loren Estleman proves himself to every bit as effective working in the short form as he is with his novels. As the title implies, the stories mostly deal with death and murder, but they all come with a twist, most of them unforseemn and satisfying. Walker is the most Phillip Marlowe-like P.I. walking the means streets today. Any P.I. fan owes it to themselves to make his acquaintence. At at brief 230 pages, this book is a quick delight.
5.0 out of 5 stars murder mystery July 26 2013
By jjaarn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
if you every read loren d estleman, you will love this book--- he does alot of local detroit area references that i relate to
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Forster IS Amos Walker! July 17 2013
By Karen Siddall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I loved this audiobook! I am probably ruined now for any other reader of this series besides Robert Forster. His voice will forever be that of Amos Walker PI for me. Perfect. Truly.

This is the first in the Walker series for me, and based on this experience it won't be my last. Great dialogue, wonderfully descriptive passages throughout that just bring these stories home in living color.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amos Walker Rules! April 14 2010
By John H. Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ordinarily I detest short stories. But this combination of classic Amos Walker mysteries is the greatest. Easy reading, exciting, and typically humorous at times, I would recommend to all RB Parker, Chandler, Sue Grafton, etc. fans.
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