When old midnight comes along An Amos Walker novel

Loren D. Estleman

Book - 2019

"Amos Walker is hired by Francis X. Lawes, a private-sector mover and shaker in Detroit politics, to prove that his wife, Paula, who disappeared under sinister circumstances more than six years ago, is dead. Francis wants to remarry without having to wait for the seven-year declaration-of-death rule to kick in. Walker's investigation is complicated by two facts: the police still consider Lawes the prime suspect, and the first-responding officer in that old case was killed in the line o...f duty shortly afterwards and his notebook has never been found. The question for Walker is, if Lawes is guilty, why would he put himself in jeopardy of arrest and prosecution by giving the forensics team a body to work on?"--

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Series
Estleman, Loren D. Amos Walker novels ; 28.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York : Forge, a Tom Doherty Associates Book 2019.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Physical Description
269 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250197177
1250197171
Main Author
Loren D. Estleman (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Francis X. Lawes is rich, but he's also bogged down in debt. His wife, Paula, disappeared about six years ago. Now Lawes wants to remarry without waiting an extra year before Paula can be declared legally dead. So he hires PI Amos Walker to find her, dead or alive. Walker wants to know who's in a rush, Lawes or his fiancée? Lawes won't say; Walker then assumes it's the woman. Why would Lawes, the prime suspect six years ago, risk reopening the case? Could it be that million-dollar insurance policy? Using his connections with the Detroit Police Department, Walker accesses the original files and finds that the police sweated Lawes hard, but it didn't help their case when the first officer on the scene was killed, and his notes on the Lawes case disappeared. Estleman is the author of more than 70 novels in multiple genres and has four Shamus Awards on his mantel. Walker is the quintessential hard-boiled PI, a contemporary throwback to Philip Marlowe. He's tough, he has a code of honor, and he even smokes. A very good entry in an outstanding body of work. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

From the winner of four Shamus Awards (plus multiple awards in other genres), here's the next Amos Walker mystery, with Amos hired by Detroit bigwig Francis X. Lawes to prove that his wife, Paula, is dead. It's been more than six years since she vanished under mysterious circumstances, and Francis doesn't want to wait the full seven years required by law before remarrying. But Francis remains the main suspect in Paula's disappearance, and the officer first on the scene was subsequently killed in the line of duty, his notes on the case scattered to the four winds. So Amos faces a real dilemma. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

At the start of Edgar-finalist Estleman's stellar 28th Amos Walker mystery (after 2018's Black and White Ball), the Detroit PI is retained by Francis X. Lawes, a local government official in charge of insuring procurement integrity, to find out what happened to his PR consultant wife, Paula. After Paula went missing six years earlier, her car was found abandoned in a bad neighborhood. She's widely believed to have been murdered, but Lawes, who's looking to remarry, is hoping for conclusive evidence she's dead. Walker learns that the police inquiry into the disappearance was handled by an old friend of his, John Alderdyce, who recently retired from the force. Alderdyce always believed that Lawes was behind his wife's murder, but he was never able to prove it. The plot thickens when Walker learns that the first police officer to find Paula's vehicle was gunned down soon afterward. Chandler and Hammett fans will feel right at home on the mean streets of Estleman's Detroit. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Dec.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Hired to prove the death of an influential politician’s missing wife, Amos Walker is embroiled in a case involving questions about the woman’s disappearance, the death of an investigating officer and his client’s upcoming nuptials.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Amos Walker is hired by Francis X. Lawes, a private-sector mover and shaker in Detroit politics, to prove that his wife, Paula, who disappeared under sinister circumstances more than six years ago, is dead. Francis wants to remarry without having to wait for the seven-year declaration-of-death rule to kick in. Walker's investigation is complicated by two facts: the police still consider Lawes the prime suspect, and the first-responding officer in that old case was killed in the line of duty shortly afterwards and his notebook has never been found. The question for Walker is, if Lawes is guilty, why would he put himself in jeopardy of arrest and prosecution by giving the forensics team a body to work on?"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A new Amos Walker mystery from award-winning author Loren D. Estleman!Amos Walker is hired by one Francis X. Lawes, a private-sector mover and shaker in Detroit politics, to prove that his wife, Paula, who disappeared under sinister circumstances shortly more than six years ago, is dead, so he can remarry without having to wait for the seven-year-declaration-of-death rule to kick in. Walker’s investigation is complicated by two facts: the police still consider Lawes the prime suspect, and the first-responding officer in that old case was killed in the line of duty shortly afterwards and his notebook has never been found. The question for Walker is, if Lawes is guilty, why would he put himself in jeopardy of arrest and prosecution by giving the forensics team a body to work on?