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Posted July 9, 2012
Burning Midnight involved a rather complex set of events, and th
Burning Midnight involved a rather complex set of events, and that very complexion gave Private Investigator Amos Walker a case to unravel. I think I enjoyed the unraveling as much as anything. The book has several interesting characters, and the author is not the least of them!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 6, 2012
Burning Midnight is another solid installment in one of the best
Burning Midnight is another solid installment in one of the best American PI series ever written. Estleman’s Walker describes Detroit in the same way Chandler’s Marlowe and Macdonald’s Chandler guided readers through LA or John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee led tours through 60s and 70s Florida. Amos Walker is feeling his age and his leg wound in the twenty-second novel of his saga. He sets out to do a favor for one of his few friends and is dragged into a gang war involving several murders, arson, cockfighting and other assorted crimes. I spotted the murderer before the end but still felt satisfied with the plot. In the last pages Amos gets a call from his personal Moriarty so there will be at least another novel in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2012
Amos Walker has plowed the streets of Detroit through 20 previous novels. And now, in the 21st entry in this remarkable series, he is confronted with finding a 14-year-old Mexican youth on behalf of his sometime friend, sometime nemesis, Inspector John Alderdyce. It seems Alderdyce’s estranged son married a Mexican woman whose young brother has run away and become involved with one of two Mexican gangs in the Motor City. It takes him a day to find the boy, but then becomes involved in more than just a missing persons case.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The plot involves a power grab among the Detroit gangs and the original Zapatistas in Mexico itself. Along the way, of course, there are several murders, as to which the teen is also a witness, and even possibly a perpetrator, which complicates life for both Walker and his policeman friend. Mexicantown becomes a war zone. And Walker has to tread carefully to unwind the situation, as its source is unexpected.
The Walker series is well-recognized for the excellent structure, dialog and observations about Detroit, and “Burning Midnight” is no exception. Another outstanding feature of the books is its memorable characters. Amos Walker is a PI to be embraced.
Posted November 9, 2012
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