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An Amos Walker Novel

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Baker & Taylor
Reluctantly agreeing to return the ashes of a successful madam to her long-absent son, Detroit detective Amos Walker completes the task only to learn that the son has been murdered and that he, Walker, has been named a prime suspect.

McMillan Palgrave
Loren Estleman is the quintessential noir detective writer, and Amos Walker is his quintessential noir detective. Walker has made a lot of friends--and a few enemies--in his years as a detective in Detroit, but he has never had to deal with quite the trouble he finds when he agrees to grant the death-bed wish of Beryl Garnet. Beryl was a madam, but she had a son a long while ago, and asks Walker to make sure that her son gets her ashes when she's gone.

He finds her son, who has been in Canada since the 1960s, evading the law since he was a Vietnam War protester. A simple favor, melancholy, but benign. Except that before he can get settled back in Detroit Garnet's son is dead, with him as the prime suspect.

He has little choice but to find out who might have done the deed and tried to pin the blame on him. . . and in the process he discovers another murder, of a boxer from the 1940s, Curtis Smallwood, who happens to have been the man's father. If that wasn't bad enough, his task is made much more complicated by the fact that the two murders, fifty-three years apart, were committed with the very same gun. And in a place where it was impossible for a gun to be.

When Amos Walker grants the last wish of a Detroit madam, he finds himself enmeshed in the mystery of the murders-53 years apart--of a father and son . . . with the same gun, in a place where it should be impossible for a gun to be! Before he can track down the murderer he's accused of the son's murderer, fingered by the mob, and on the spot with the FBI.

A wonderfully suspenseful, exciting noir detective thriller by one of the masters of the genre.


Blackwell North Amer
Amos Walker has made a lot of friends - and a few enemies - in his years as a detective in Detroit, but he has never had to deal with quite the trouble he finds when he agrees to grant the deathbed wish of Beryl Garnet. Beryl was a madam with a long, successful career. She's got no regrets about that, but she does about her son. She hasn't seen him in a long time and would like him to know his mother never forgot him. So she asks Walker to make sure that her son gets her ashes when she's gone.
He obliges her, finding her son, who has been in Canada since the 1960s, evading the law since he was a Vietnam War protester. A simple favor, melancholy, but benign. Except that before he can get settled back in Detroit, Garnet's son is dead, and Walker is the prime suspect.
He has little choice but to find out who might have done the deed and tried to pin the blame on him and in the process he discovers another murder, of a prizefighter from the 1940s. Curtis Smallwood was the father of Beryl Garnet's son. And it that wasn't bad enough, the two murders, fifty-three years apart, were committed with the same gun.

Baker
& Taylor

Reluctantly agreeing to return the ashes of a successful madam to her long-absent son, Detroit detective Amos Walker completes the task only to learn that the son has been murdered and that he, Walker, has been named a prime suspect. By the author of Poison Blonde. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765304483
0765304481
Branch Call Number: FIC ESTLEMAN
Characteristics: p. cm

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