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A must-listen collection of thirteen bibliomysteries by bestselling and award-winning authors Bibliomysteries Volume 1 includes: - 'An Acceptable Sacrifice' by Jeffery Deaver - 'The Final Testament' by Peter Blauner - 'What's in a Name?' by Thomas H. Cook - 'Book Club' by Loren D. Estleman - and many othersShow more
With his usual knife-sharp prose in cutting form, Loren D. Estleman proves that he can carve a short story as cleanly as the full-length Amos Walker detective novels. Detroit's favorite private investigator, Amos Walker, barrels through this collection of five short stories by Shamus Award winner, Loren D. Estleman. General Murders upholds Estleman's reputation as a master of the short story. Both card-carrying fans of Amos Walker and those who are new to the series will devour these stories as they, with Walker, expose crime in some of the most corrupt alleys and steamy streets of Detroit. In this collection are five vintage Walker stories: "Greektown," "Robbers' Roost," "Fast Burn," "Dead Soldier," and "Eight-Mile and Dequindre." In five stories that typify the best of the private-eye fiction genre, you will experience big-city corruption and scandal along with hard-edged, wise-cracking PI Amos Walker, whom critics place "at or near the top of the list of hard-boiled private eyes" (Publishers Weekly).Show more
Amos Walker is hired by Heloise and Dante Gunnar, a bohemian Ann Arbor couple, to find Jerry Marcus, a film director who disappeared with their investment money. It's one of Walker's easiest jobs: a few hours later, Walker locates Marcus-his body shoved into a bedroom cupboard, a bullet through his head. An open and shut case...but Walker can't quite let it go. When Dante Gunnar is arrested for the murder, Walker finds himself again in Heloise's employ, this time trying to prove her husband's innocence. When Walker interviews Holly Zacharias, a college student who was the last person to see Marcus alive, things get interesting. Because if Dante's in jail for killing Marcus, then who is driving past in the Crown Vic, shooting at Walker and Holly? Walker knows that Marcus is dead: he discovered the body himself. But what if Walker was set up, and the murder victim in the cupboard was someone else? Jerry Marcus might still be alive...and planning something more lethal than anything even Walker can imagine. The Sundown Speech is a hot new Amos Walker mystery by Loren D. Estleman, the master of the hard-boiled detective novel as well as the winner of four Shamus Awards and the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award.Show more
Locked in a deadly feud, cowboys Randy Locke and Frank Farmer have spent decades attempting to annihilate each other any time they are within shooting distance.So far, the men are even. One of Frank’s bullets has given Randy a permanent limp. Vain Frank wears a prosthetic ear, his own lost to Randy’s assault. If either of them remembers the original reason for the feud, it seems moot now.Their quest for revenge has led them on a merry chase through the Old West—through soon-to-be ghost towns and major cities; cattle ranches and mountain cabins; brothels and fishing boats; jailhouses and movie sets. Even their marriages have fallen victim to the feud.The story of their long-term hatred well known throughout the country, Frank and Randy are approached (separately, of course) by Abraham Cripplehorn with a proposition. With the popular Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show a raging success, why not publicize their next duel and sell tickets to the event? Winner take all, in more ways than one.Frank and Randy make a date for death…but will they be able to wait for the show? And could it be that their decades-long thirst for revenge is the only thing they are living for?Loren D. Estleman's The Long High Noon takes the listener on a thrilling adventure, touring the Old West from the days of the trains and cattle to roads and film sets.Show more
#24 in Amos Walker Series A hot new Amos Walker mystery by a master of the hard-boiled detective novel.“Loren Estleman is my hero.” —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestsellerIn You Know Who Killed Me, by multiple award-winning author Loren D. Estleman, Amos Walker is at low ebb. Just released from a rehab clinic, the Detroit private detective has to marshal his energies to help solve a murder in Iroquois Heights, his least favorite town.The area is flooded with billboards rented by the widow of Donald Gates, an ordinary suburbanite found shot to death in his basement on New Year’s Eve: “YOU KNOW WHO KILLED ME!” they read, above the number of the sheriff’s tip line. Complicating matters is a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer, offered by an anonymous donor through the dead man’s place of worship.Initially hired by the sheriff’s department to run down anonymous tips, Walker investigates further. The trail leads to former fellow employee Yuri Yako, a Ukrainian mobster, relocated to the area through the US Marshals’ Witness Protection Program.Shadowed by government operatives, at odds with the sheriff, and struggling with his addiction, Walker soldiers on, in spite of bodies piling up and the fact that almost everyone involved with the case is lying to him.Show more
In Prohibition-era Southern California, real-life detectives Charles A. Siringo and Dashiell Hammett must solve a mystery involving a ruthless politician—Joseph P. Kennedy. With sharp dialogue and a rich historical background, Ragtime Cowboys is an exciting, suspenseful tale of bribery, blackmail, and murder. Los Angeles, 1921: Ex–Pinkerton agent Charlie Siringo is living in quiet retirement when Wyatt Earp knocks on his door and asks him to track down Earp’s missing horse. What begins as horse thievery turns into a deeper mystery as Siringo and another ex-Pinkerton, the young Dashiell Hammett, follow clues that take them from the streets of Los Angeles to Jack London’s farm. There they discover a conspiracy masterminded by the notorious and powerful Joseph P. Kennedy. From beginning to end, these ragtime cowboys chase the truth in this compelling tale where the Old West and early Hollywood collide.Show more
The missing woman left a handwritten note that said, “Don’t look for me.” Any PI would take that as a challenge, especially when he learned that she’d left the same message once before. This time it’s different. The trail leads Walker to an herbal remedies store, where the beautiful young clerk knows nothing about the dead body in the basement…or about any illegal activity that might be connected to the corpse. She is, however, interested in Walker’s body, and he discovers he’s interested in hers as well. He can’t tarry long, for the Mafia could be involved…or there might be a connection to the porno film studio where the missing woman’s former maid now works. When two Mossad agents accost Walker—and are soon brutally killed—Walker realizes he’s discovered a plot far darker, run by someone more deadly than either the Mafia or a two-bit porn pusher. Who could be so viciously murderous? Walker has few clues and knows only that with every new murder, he is no closer to solving the case. When he finally gets a break, he recognizes the silken, deadly hand of a nemesis who nearly killed him twice before…and this time may finish the job.Show more
"I never thought I'd see her again. But never is longer than forever." She is book editor, Louise Starr, a beautiful and scheming ghost from Amos Walker's past; and she wants the Detroit private eye to find Eugene Booth, a missing paperback writer from the 1950s and ask him why he turned down his first book contract in 40 years. Eugene Booth's trail leads to a rustic motel cabin, where the crusty old pro is hammering out his first novel in decades on a battered Smith Corona with a case of bourbon for inspiration. But when the writer winds up hanging from his own belt, Walker must discover the connection between the apparent suicide, the murder of Booth's wife 40 years before - and a deadly secret as old as World War II.Show more
In 1944 Al Capone, the most notorious Mob boss in history, has already been released from prison. Though Capone is no longer the enormously powerful force who dominated Chicago's underworld for years, he is still a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI chief knows that if he can somehow manage to get Capone to reveal details of crimes he and his Outfit committed, the Bureau has a good chance of nailing key members who now are active in the wartime black market. FBI agent Peter Vasco is perfect for the job. He has an in - his father once drove a truck for the Outfit - and his pre-FBI education gives him even better cover. His orders: pose as the priest he wanted to be before he dropped out of seminary, get close to Capone, and get Hoover the information he demands. Capone's in Florida, suffering from advanced syphilis, and happy to add a priest to his inner circle. As Vasco and the mobster bond over card games, lunches, and even a trip to Wisconsin, Capone, sometimes lucid and sharp, other times rambling and vague, recounts stories of his criminal career. From his days as a bouncer in Brooklyn to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Capone spills secrets that reveal in vivid detail the life of this monster who became the most iconic figure in twentieth-century crime. Vasco is alternately fascinated and repelled by the things Capone reveals. Al Capone would stop at nothing to take what he wanted, but also fed the poor of Chicago; he rose to the top of Chicago on a tide of bootleg beer and booze, but took the time to ensure that innocent victims of Mob violence got proper medical care. This is Al Capone as he's never been seen before, a ruthless crime lord who trafficked in death and corruption...as well as a man of refined tastes who loved his family. A man whose life is waning, and perhaps, a man who is seeking absolution.Show more
Everyone knows the Frankenstein monster was played by Boris Karloff. His portrayal is so famous that the play Arsenic and Old Lace was filled with Karloff monster jokes-even when the part of the monstrously deformed villain was played by another actor. But before Karloff's memorable portrayal, another famous 1930s Hollywood icon, Bela Lugosi, tested for the part of the monster. The screen test footage was lost for decades, until Valentino, the never-say-die film archivist, gets a hot tip about the whereabouts of the incriminating (for really bad, heavily accented acting) footage. But it comes with a price far greater than the money he'll have to pay. Someone would kill to get that reel of film, and that makes Valentino a mortal obstacle who would rather not die for art. People have already been murdered for the film, and Val doesn't want to push his luck ... but boy, that reel is too good to let go. Enter a crew of steampunk fans. Loving the arcane strangeness that is Valentino's life-not to mention the completely glam prospect of seeing the original filmic Count Dracula as the Frankenstein monster-they will find a way to save Valentino and Lugosi's infamous screen test. Or if they can't do that, have a great party anyway. Val just hopes it's not a wake. "Leisurely paced and impressively researched, this is just the ticket for film buffs."-Library JournalShow more
Harlan Crownover, scion of a great family of carriage makers, battles with his father to invest in a company run by Henry Ford, during Detroit's conversion to becoming the Motor City. Desperate for funds, Harlan turns to Big Jim Dolan, the Midwest's most powerful political boss, and Sal Borneo, a visionary Mafioso struggling to bring the commerce of vice into the new century. Allies at first, Harlan soon discovers how quickly friends can become mortal enemies. Only Edith Hampton Crownover, Harlan's troubled, aristocratic mother, will be in a position to shift the balance of power. "A colorful and suspenseful peek into mobster dens and automobile factories and boardrooms...Exceedingly clever and satisfying...Profiting from Estleman's usual careful plotting, accurate backgrounds, and crisp narrative, this is a gritty novel of high ideals and low morals, of men trying desperately to outwit one another whatever the cost in the heady days of invention and industry in Detroit."-Publishers WeeklyShow more
A tough town in a tough time: Detroit during World War II where the U.S. furiously tried to out-manufacture the Germans and Japanese. Industry imported workers to replace men gone to war-Southern whites and blacks working side by side for the first time. Through this tense, troubled world cuts a killer, a self-appointed soldier savaging ordinary people, the defenseless. Lieutenant Zagreb's most important job is to keep the city from exploding, but his job doesn't stop there. He must catch a mad killer with a cop roster of 4-Fs and near-retirees and he has to save his own soul. But, he can't succeed at all three.Show more
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