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Nicotine Kiss (Amos Walker Series #18)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2006

    State of the Art Hard-boiled

    This is Loren D. Estleman¿s best Amos Walker novel since he revived the Detroit PI back in 1997. The story involves a smuggler, his sister, her husband, and a Homeland Security agent. You will probably spot the villain long before Amos does, but don¿t let that spoil your read. Estleman writes prose out of Raymond Chandler and he makes you feel the cold of an upper Michigan winter. He doesn¿t pad his book to stretch it to 300 pages like many suspense writers and he has kept Amos Walker fresh and enjoyable for 25 years. How many series writers can do that?

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In Grayling, Michigan on the first day of the new hunting season, private detective Amos Walker is , undercover tracking a deadbeat dad when he is shot in the leg. An acquaintance, small time cigarette smuggler Jeff Starzek rushes Amos to a nearby hospital before he bleeds to death.----- As Amos heals with a limp, Homeland Security Agent Herbert Clemson believes that Jeff¿s two bit operation has grown into a vast terrorist supported counterfeiting ring and plans to hold him indefinitely under the guise of the Patriot Act. When Jeff vanishes, his sister Rose turns to Walker to find her brother whom she says still only works his small time cigarette trade. Amos believes he owes his life to Jeff so he makes inquiries that lead to a remote Lake Huron evangelical Church of the Inland Sea with the Feds telling him to stay out a red flag that entices Walker to dig deeper as he believes the term Fed means liar.----- In his eighteenth appearance, Walker continues to be one of the best private investigator tales of the past decade. His latest case involves the post 9/11 world of the Feds who before the Patriot Act willingly stomped on rights and now he believes can do so legally. The story line is terrific as Walker and readers wonder if the church, the jihadist counterfeiters or the Feds have abducted and buried Starzek so that no one else, including the NSA wiretapping, can find him. Once again Loren Estleman has written a straight forward fantastic mystery.----- Harriet Klausner

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