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"Wordsmith par excellence, Estleman has Amos deliver passionate laments for his city that add a melancholy counterpoint."—Publishers Weekly
"Walker is a classic hard-boiled private eye."—Booklist
"Spellbinding adventure."—Library Journal
Posted December 9, 2008
Latino singer Gilia Cristobel is as hot an act as one will find today with her albums at the top of the charts and her popularity at stratospheric levels at least with music lovers. However, the down side of her meteoric rise is that her fame has brought her to the attention of someone who knew her back in the old country in Central America. That individual has blackmailed Gilia claiming he has proof of her involvement in an atrocity back home. <P>Paying off her extortionist is worth the lost cash to Gilia, but three months pass without further word from the blackmailer. Desperate to end the potential fiasco that if it went public would sink her career permanently, Gilia hires Detroit private investigator Amos Walker to find the real Gilia who has vanished since the threats surfaced and whose identity the singer has paid for so she can remain in the USA. <P>The latest Amos Walker tale is the usual superb hard-boiled noir that hooks the reader from the very beginning until the finish because the entire cast seems so genuine. Readers believe what Amos becomes entangled in due to the ensemble, whether they make a cameo appearance or are a key secondary player. The story line is vintage Walker who solves one thing only to be engulfed in something larger. Loren D. Estleman delivers another winner as the Motor City sleuth remains at the top of his game investigating on all cylinders. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2003
In his 16th Walker book, Loren Estleman has written another gem. In this book Amos is hired by a Latino singing star to find out who is blackmailing her, and he's working on a dead line. PI writing in it's classic form and at it's best. Truly another great work from a wonderful writer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.