The sundown speech

Loren D Estleman

Book - 2015

"Amos Walker is hired by Heloise and Dante Gunner, a bohemian Ann Arbor couple, to find Jerry Marcus, a film director who has disappeared with their investment money. It's one of Walker's easiest jobs to date. In just a few short hours, Walker locates Marcus in his bedroom...murdered, his body shoved into a cupboard, a bullet through his head. This case is opened and shut quickly, but Walker can't quite let it go. When Dante is arrested for the murder Walker finds himself aga...in in Helen's employ, this time trying to prove that Dante didn't do it. When Walker interviews Holly Zacharias, a college student who was the last person to see Marcus alive, things get interesting. Because if Marcus is dead, and Dante is his killer, then who is driving by in the Crown Vic, shooting at Walker and Holly? Jerry Marcus just might still be alive, and his plans may be worse than anything Walker can imagine"--

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Series
Amos Walker novels ; 24
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Published
New York, NY : Forge Books 2015.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
240 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780765337368
0765337363
Main Author
Loren D Estleman (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Detroit investigator Amos Walker is hired by an Ann Arbor couple, Helen and Dante Gunner, who probably wore Earth Shoes and smoked a little weed back in the day. They want Walker to find Jerry Marcus, a local filmmaker who convinced the couple to invest $15,000 in a film about an alien invasion of Ann Arbor, and then disappeared along with his bad idea and the Gunners' money. Walker goes to Marcus' last known address and finds the con man's body stuffed in a cupboard. When Dante Gunner is arrested for the murder, Walker is hired by Helen to prove her husband innocent. There doesn't seem to be much of a case against Guner, but there is another problem: someone seems determined to kill Walker. Indefatigable when threatened, Walker doubles down on the case, at great risk. Estleman has written more than 70 novels and has won four Shamus Awards. This one is typical Walker: great dialogue, world-weary protagonist, sharp plot, and a nasty villain. A great read for fans of old-school hard-boiled mysteries. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In his 24th adventure (after You Know Who Killed Me), Detroit PI Amos Walker is out of rehab and working for Dante and Helen Gunner. They need him to track down Jerry Marcus, a film producer who took their money and disappeared. If Jerry is dead (Amos finds his body), then who is driving in his Crown Vic and shooting at Amos and others? [Page 66]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A weak plot, which includes a major contrivance, mars Shamus Award–winner Estleman's 25th Amos Walker novel (after 2014's You Know Who Killed Me). An Ann Arbor, Mich., couple hire the Detroit PI to find Jerry Marcus, a missing filmmaker they invested money with. Marcus was working on a sci-fi project with a premise that sounds like a parody from the Simpsons ("aliens from a planet run by a totalitarian regime come to Earth to clone both front-runners for the office of the president of the United States"). Locating Marcus raises more questions than answers, and Walker soon has several murders to solve. While the hard-edged narration is as spot-on as ever, the supporting characters, from a goth college student with a heart of gold to the detective's clients, are less nuanced than usual. The series's many fans can only hope for a return to form next time. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Amos Walker is hired by Helen and Dante Gunner, a bohemian Ann Arbor couple, to find Jerry Marcus, a film director who has disappeared with their investment money. It's one of Walker's easiest jobs to date. In just a few short hours, Walker locates Marcus in his bedroom...murdered, his body shoved into a cupboard, a bullet through his head. This case is opened and shut quickly, but Walker can't quite let it go. When Dante is arrested for the murder Walker finds himself again in Helen's employ, this timetrying to prove that Dante didn't do it. When Walker interviews Holly Zacharias, a college student who was the last person to see Marcus alive, things get interesting. Because if Marcus is dead, and Dante is his killer, then who is driving by in the Crown Vic, shooting at Walker and Holly? Jerry Marcus just might still be alive, and his plans may be worse than anything Walker can imagine"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, after Helen and Dante Gunner hire detective Amos Walker to find a missing film director, Dante winds up accused of his murder. By the author of You Know Who Killed Me.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Amos Walker is hired by Heloise and Dante Gunner to find a missing film director who made off with the couple's investment money, and when Dante is arrested for his murder, Amos is rehired by Dante's wife to prove his innocence.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The Sundown Speech, a hot new Amos Walker mystery by Loren D. Estleman, the master of the hard-boiled detective novel.Amos Walker is hired by Helen and Dante Gunner, a bohemian Ann Arbor couple, to find Jerry Marcus, a film director who has disappeared with their investment money. It's one of Walker's easiest jobs to date. In just a few short hours, Walker locates Marcus in his bedroom...murdered, his body shoved into a cupboard, a bullet through his head.This case is opened and shut quickly, but Walker can't quite let it go. When Dante is arrested for the murder Walker finds himself again in Helen's employ, this time trying to prove that Dante didn't do it. When Walker interviews Holly Zacharias, a college student who was the last person to see Marcus alive, things get interesting. Because if Marcus is dead, and Dante is his killer, then who is driving by in the Crown Vic, shooting at Walker and Holly? Jerry Marcus just might still be alive, and his plans may be worse than anything Walker can imagine.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, after Helen and Dante Gunner hire detective Amos Walker to find a missing film director, Dante winds up accused of his murder. By the author ofYou Know Who Killed Me.