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New York, NY : Forge Books, [2018]
240 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
9780765388476 (hardback)
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Author Notes
Loren D. Estleman was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on September 15, 1952. He received a B.A. in English literature and journalism from Eastern Michigan University in 1974. He spent several years as a reporter on the police beat before leaving to write full time in 1980. He wrote book reviews for such newspapers as The New York Times and The Washington Post and contributed articles to such periodicals as TV Guide. <p> He is a writer of mysteries and westerns. His first novel was published in 1976 and since then he has published more than 70 books including the Amos Walker series, Writing the Popular Novel, Roy and Lillie: A Love Story, The Confessions of Al Capone, and a The Branch and the Scaffold. He received four Shamus Awards from the Private Eye Writers of America, five Golden Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America, the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement from Western Writers of America, and the Michigan Author's Award in 1997. <p> (Bowker Author Biography) He lives in Whitmore Lake, Michigan. <p> (Publisher Provided)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Amos Walker (Male), Private investigator, Wears a snap-brim fedora; smokes too much; keeps whiskey in his office drawer; reluctant to embrace technology; forced to protect Macklin's estranged wife, Laurie
Peter Macklin (Male), Hired killer, Detroit hit man; tracks down the person who threatened to kill his estranged wife
Private investigators
Hit men
Husbands and wives
Family conflicts
Michigan - Midwest (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Edgar-finalist Estleman's fast-paced 27th mystery featuring Detroit PI Amos Walker (after 2017's The Lioness Is the Hunter) finds Walker working for his ex-girlfriend Karen Lennert. Karen wants him to obtain evidence that her husband, Guy, is cheating on her. Walker crosses the border into Canada, where he locates Guy and a woman purporting to be his wife registered at an inn. Upstairs, shots ring out, and Amos rushes to the couple's room, where Guy lies dead on the floor next to a screaming woman. The killer, professional hit man Peter Macklin, later appears at Walker's office with a proposition: Walker must protect Macklin's soon-to-be ex-wife from his psychopathic son or die. En route to the morally satisfying ending, Walker muses wryly on the impact of technology on his profession, such as the loss of the PI's bread-and-butter work of background checks to anyone with access to Google. Full of vivid characters and snappy dialogue, this entry will delight old fans and garner new ones. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p>Loren D. Estleman's most popular characters, PI Amos Walker and hit man Peter Macklin, are together in one story for the first time in Black and White Ball! </p> <p>Detroit hit man Peter Macklin forces private eye Amos Walker to furnish protection for Laurie, Macklin's estranged wife, while Macklin tracks down the party who has threatened to kill her. The man Walker's client suspects cannot be ignored; as his own grown son, Roger Macklin has inherited all the instincts, and acquired all the training, necessary to carry out his threat.</p> <p>Told partly by Walker in first-person and partly by Macklin in third, Black and White Ball places the detective squarely between two remorseless killers, with death waiting whether he succeeds or fails.</p>
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