In his exciting twentieth mystery, hardboiled detective Amos Walker is hired to help free a mobster who once tried to kill Barry Stackpole, Walker's only true friend.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Series:||Amos Walker Series , #20|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
LOREN D. ESTLEMAN has written more than sixty novels, including Frames, Gas City, and American Detective. His work has earned him four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards, and three Western Heritage Awards. He lives in Michigan with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I suspected the killer long before Walker did and I thought the resolution was a little weak. Those flaws aside, I think it is time to consider ranking the Walker series as the best PI stories written by an American. Estleman just writes to entertain, even as he makes shrewd observations about Detroit. He never writes the same story twice, unlike Ross Macdonald and James Lee Burke, for instance. He can write Westerns, historical crime novels, and some books that are hard to pigeonhole. An Estleman novel is usually a good bet.
Gas City remains my favorite Loren D.Estleman novel. Left-Handed Dollar is a low key affair, at least compared to some of today's blockbusters. It's an interesting tale, but has more of a TV movie of the week feel to it than that of a nicely researched and cleverly written novel.
The car bombing left Detroit investigative journalist Barry Stackpole disfigured and still healing from his injuries. The police arrests mobster Joseph "Joey Ballistic" Ballista on charge of attempted murder as the bombing has his "DNA" trademark and a "witness" has stepped forward. A jury convicts Ballistic known for his rage and his pleasure in blowing up things. Ballista's lawyer, Lucille "Lefty Lucy" Lettermore hires private investigative Amos Walker to find evidence that her client did not bomb Stackpole's car. Although he knows his only friend Stackpole will be livid, Walker takes the case as the attorney persuades him her client is innocent. Instead of tracking Ballista's steps right before the car bombing Walker interviews lying former wives and probes into what the informant who accused Ballistics of the crime was doing at the time of the explosion and what his or her motive is. His efforts do not prevent more murders from occurring; it probably is the catalyst. The latest Walker hardboiled Motor City private investigative thriller (see American Detective) is a great entry that plays out on two interrelated levels. First there is the usual kick-butt Walker inquiry; and second is Stackpole's feeling betrayed. Fast-paced with several terrific twists, The Left-Handed Dollar is a great Michigan mystery. Harriet Klausner