A Smile on the Face of the Tiger (Amos Walker Series #14) by Loren D. Estleman, John Kenneth
" The blonde wore a red slip and held a broken bottle in her hand. The man wore a trench coat and a fedora, and through the window flames were burning in the night....The paperback novel Walker carried in his pocket was fifty years old and-from its tawdry cover to its fiery prose-still red hot. A fictionalized tale of a real-life Detroit race riot in 1943, Paradise Valley was written by a man named Eugene Booth. With a New York publisher dying to reprint Booth's pulp-fiction classic, Booth's disappearance didn't make any sense. At least not yet.While hunting down Booth, Walker finds this peaceful missing-person case developing into something much more deadly. For a notorious New York mob hit man, one in protective custody and promoting his own bestselling, tell-all book, is also trailing Booth, and a half-century-old murder is coming back to light. Between that killing and the story told in Booth's Paradise Valley, Walker is sure Booth has good reasons to want to disappear, and some people have good reasons to see him dead. For Walker, it's a question of separating fiction from fact, and keeping the key players alive long enough to know the truth. And that includes himself. In A SMILE ON THE FACE OF THE TIGER, Loren D. Estleman spins a vivid, gritty noir mystery. At the same time he pays homage to-and has some serious fun with-the classic American art form of pulp fiction, where passion, lies, truth, and murder are a way of life, and Amos Walker would be right at home...." Author Bio: " LOREN D. ESTLEMAN delighted readers and critics by bringing back his classic private eye, Amos Walker, in the 1997 novel Never Street, followed by two more new Walker novels, The Witchfinder(1998) and The Hours of the Virgin (1999). Estleman, born and raised in southeastern Michigan, is also the author of a heralded Detroit series of novels that includes Whiskey River, Edsel, Stress, and Thunder City."
Winner of three Shamus Awards for his Amos Walker novels, four Golden Spur Awards for Western fiction, three Western Heritage Awards, and many other awards for his other fiction, Loren D. Estleman has also been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Poison Blonde (2003) was his fifty-first novel. He and his wife, author Deborah Morgan, live outside Detroit, Michigan.
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New York publisher Louise Starr hires Detroit¿s private investigator Amos Walker to locate writer Eugene Booth, author of the half a century old classic ¿Paradise Valley¿. Louise wants the rights to reprint the novel. However, Booth has simply vanished. While Amos goes about his missing person inquiries, he learns that former Mafia hitman turned author Glad Eddie also seeks Booth. When he finds Booth, Amos learns that the recluse plans to write a non-fictionalized account of the city¿s 1943 riots. The next day Booth is dead, an apparent suicide. Amos begins investigating the death of Booth and the murder of the writer¿s wife over fifty years ago not yet understanding the danger he faces. SMILE ON THE FACE OF THE TIGER, the fourteenth Amos Walker mystery novel, retains the noir feel of its predecessors. The book pays homage to the pulp Norse of the thirties and forties and to Detroit. The story line is captivating, as the who-done-it is fun but clearly this tale belongs to Amos, a fresh intriguing character who constantly take beatings. Loren D. Estleman continually shows his ability to write delightful contemporary noir. Harriet Klausner
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