Amos Walker: The Complete Story Collection

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Thirty years ago Loren D. Estleman introduced the world to his Detroit detective Amos Walker. In celebration of this anniversary, Estleman has collected every previously published Walker short story in this massive volume, including a brand-new story never before published!

An authority on both criminal history and the American West, Loren D. Estleman has been called the most critically acclaimed author of his generation. He has been nominated for the National Book Award and the...

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Overview

Thirty years ago Loren D. Estleman introduced the world to his Detroit detective Amos Walker. In celebration of this anniversary, Estleman has collected every previously published Walker short story in this massive volume, including a brand-new story never before published!

An authority on both criminal history and the American West, Loren D. Estleman has been called the most critically acclaimed author of his generation. He has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
All the elements that have made Estleman one of the best hard-boiled writers of all time--just a notch below Chandler and Hammett--are present in these 32 short stories. Remarkably, he has kept his Detroit-based Amos Walker series (Motor City Blue) fresh after three decades and 20 novels, and any fan of the genre who has yet to encounter the ex-cop turned PI will get a great introduction through this collection. What's most impressive is Estleman's ability to blend sharp-edged language, cynical characters, betrayals, twists, and a memorable narrative voice within the short story format. He also manages to inject dark humor into his work that keeps the violence, corruption, and double-crosses from becoming too grim ("I don't have so many friends I can afford to drop one just because he tried to kill me"). Longtime fans will welcome the author's informative introduction. (Sept.)
Marilyn Stasio
…packed with lean prose, terse dialogue, tough-guy humor and balletically choreographed violence, all in service to a throwback hero who'll fight to the death for his beleaguered hometown. The 33 stories in this huge collection are as much Detroit's as Amos's.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935562245
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Series: Amos Walker Series
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 664,718
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Since the appearance of his first novel in 1976, Loren D. Estleman has written more than 65 books and hundreds of short stories and articles. Among those books: Writing the Popular Novel, from Writer's Digest Books; the second in a new series featuring Estleman's Los Angeles film detective, Valentino (Alone, featuring Greta Garbo, December 2009); American Detective (the nineteenth Amos Walker novel, April 2007); The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion (a rollicking comic western, May 2006); the Spur award-winning The Undertaker's Wife (2005); and a novel about hanging judge Isaac Parker, The Branch and the Scaffold (April 2009). Forthcoming are: The Book of Murdock (eighth in the Page Murdock series; January 2010), and The Left-Handed Dollar (20th in the Amos Walker series). There are several short stories in the hopper, and proposals for future novels in both the mystery and historical western genres. He recently finished writing a historical crime novel, which is his largest project to date, and is currently working on another Valentino novel.

All of this on a manual typewriter, no less.

Estleman has received fan letters from such notables as John D. MacDonald, The Amazing Kreskin, Mel Tormé, and Steve Forbes. He has acquired a loyal cult readership across the United States and in Europe, and his work has appeared in 23 languages.

An authority on both criminal history and the American West, Estleman has been called the most critically acclaimed author of his generation. He has been nominated for the National Book Award, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award.

He has received seventeen national writing awards: four Shamuses from the Private Eye Writers of America, five Spurs from the Western Writers of America, two American Mystery Awards from Mystery Scene Magazine, two Outstanding Mystery Writer of the Year awards from Popular Fiction Monthly, two Stirrup Awards for outstanding articles in the Western Writers of America magazine, The Roundup, and three Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 1987, the Michigan Foundation of the Arts presented him with its award for literature. In 1997, the Michigan Library Association named him the recipient of the Michigan Author's Award. In 2007, Nicotine Kiss was named a Notable Book by the Library of Michigan.

In 1993, Estleman was Guest of Honor at the Southwest Mystery Convention in Austin, Texas. He was Honored Guest at Eyecon '99 (Private Eye Writers of America Convention), held in St. Louis in July of that year. In June 2001, he was Guest of Honor (the first American chosen) at the Bloody Words Convention in Toronto, Canada.

He has been a judge for many literary honors, including the prestigious Hopwood Award given by the University of Michigan. He has written book reviews for many newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, and in 1988 he covered the filming of Lonesome Dove for TV Guide.

He's worked hard to get where he is, beginning in the unheated upstairs of the 1867 Michigan farmhouse where he was raised. His fondest childhood memory is that of curling up in his robe with a mug of hot chocolate in front of the television to enjoy such grand western series as Maverick and Gunsmoke.

When he was fifteen years old, he sent out his first short story for publication. Over the next eight years, he collected 160 rejections. He attributes his tenacity to ego, and he's earned that, too. He and his brown-bag lunch commuted to Eastern Michigan University to cut expenses after his father was disabled and his mother went to work to support the family.

Estleman often says he's not a fast writer. He is, however, consistent, spending an average of six hours a day at his typewriter. He polishes as he goes, consuming a prodigious amount of cheap typing paper; a process he refers to as "writing for the wastebasket."

His favorite writers — and those who have inspired his work — include Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe, W. Somerset Maugham, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, and Edith Wharton.

A sought-after speaker and a veteran journalist of police-beat news, Estleman graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Journalism. On April 27, 2002, EMU presented him with an honorary doctorate in letters. He left the job market in 1980 to write full time. He lives in Michigan and is married to writer Deborah Morgan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Super.

    I love Amos Walker! He is an old fashionedd dectective, honest and moral, and of course, smart.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    interesting

    I like these short stories. If you like the detective stories of the 40s you will like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Great stories!

    Quick reads with clever plots and a smart-mouthed protagonist. Great introduction to the Amos Walker novels.

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  • Posted January 24, 2012

    Great detective stories in the hard boiled tradition

    I'd never heard of the author or his signature private detective character Amos Walker. By the end of the book it was clear I'd comitted a major oversight. Walker comes from the tradition of the hard boiled detective. He's terse and gritty and fascinating to follow. These are short stories and well worth the read. If you love detectives and want some quick involving reading then you want to grab this collection right now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Interesting

    There were a few of the stories that couldn't keep my interest and I barelu could pay attention to. But others really held my interest and I would wish there was more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Recommend

    Well written. Haven't finished it yet, but I'm really enjoying this collection of stories!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Highly recommended.

    Great collection of stories. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Smorgasbord of short shorties

    I keep this around to read all the short stories one at a time between other full length books to make it last !

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