Monkey in the middle

Loren D. Estleman

Book - 2022

"From the master of the hard-boiled detective novel and recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award comes Loren D. Estleman's next enthralling Amos Walker mystery, Monkey in the Middle "Loren D. Estleman is my hero." -Harlan Coben The monkey in the middle is the one who "hears no evil." Private eye Amos Walker doesn't have that luxury. Hearing the truth, on the other hand, is a lot less common, even from people who need his help. It's summer in Detroit and Walker's just received word that his ex-wife has passed away. He can use a distraction, which arrives in the form of a young, would-be investigative journalist who has gotten in way over his head. He needs Walker&...#039;s protection, but is suspiciously vague about why and from whom. And he's not the only one playing their cards way too close to their chest, including: - A bestselling author who claims to be retired, but who knows a good story when he hears one. - A fugitive whistleblower who skipped out on a $100,000 bond. - A headline-hungry defense attorney who spends as much time before the TV cameras as in court. - A career assassin with whom Walker has a long, ugly history. Not to mention any number of covert government agencies pursuing their own agendas, possibly in opposition to each other. Walker just wants answers, but what he finds is a dead body-and enough trouble to put him on ice for good, unless he can discover what everyone's not telling him"--

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Detective and mystery fiction
New York : Forge, a Tom Doherty Associates Book 2022.
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Loren D. Estleman (author)
First edition
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182 pages ; 22 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

Trends in crime fiction wax and wane, but Estleman's Amos Walker, a hard-boiled PI straight off Chandler's mean streets, keeps shuffling along well into the twenty-first century, burning shoe leather, lighting cigarettes, and sipping rye as if it were 1947. In his thirtieth adventure, the Detroit gumshoe is grieving the death of his ex-wife while trying to protect two people: his client, a naive investigative journalist and former researcher for a celebrated crime novelist (clearly based on Elmore Leonard), and a whistleblower, Abelia Hunt, who has raised the ire of the NSA. It's a complex story, full of switchbacks, but the real joy here is watching Walker employ old-school detecting techniques in a decidedly new world of cell phones and high-tech tracking devices. Estleman can sling similes with Chandlerian brio (driving through a rainstorm, Walker notes that "the wipers whooshed and thumped like idiots, signifying nothing"), and his flair for describing a bedraggled cityscape is as razor-sharp as ever ("Roofs sagged, chimneys leaned; every porch was seceding from the rest of the house."). Those who can't get enough of fast-talking PIs are in for a treat.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Razor-edged prose that Raymond Chandler would appreciate lifts Estleman's excellent 30th outing for Detroit PI Amos Walker (after Cutthroat Dogs). Walker has just learned of the death of his ex-wife, Catherine, when he takes on a new client, Shane Sothern. Sothern, who has built a reputation as a top-notch research assistant, is seeking to become an investigative reporter, but he fears he's being surveilled by someone looking to find a valuable source. Walker confirms that when he tails his client himself, spotting other watchers who look like feds. In the process, he discovers that Sothern's source is a fugitive whistleblower charged with leaking government secrets. The case turns into a murder inquiry, and Walker's life is further complicated when he learns that Catherine had also been under surveillance. The portrayal of the Motor City (the PI refers to a bleak urban landscape as "the pipe dream of a dull-witted former governor who knew nothing of meth labs and crack houses, now waiting their turn at demolition") is as vivid as James Ellroy's L.A. Estleman makes sustaining a long-running series' high quality look easy. (June)

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