LOREN D. ESTLEMAN SERIES:

The Confessions of Al Capone

The Confessions of Al Capone

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

Multiple award-winner Loren D. Estleman has produced a major biographical novel on the infamous Mobster known as Scarface, rigorously researched and deftly nuanced to offer an intimate portrait of the gangster whose terrible crimes and larger-than-life persona have both fascinated and appalled the world for nearly a century; whose legacy is still widely debated; and whose brutally ambitious career in the Mafia continues to inspire filmmakers and writers to plumb its excesses and its contradictions. In 1944, after Al Capone has been released from prison, J. Edgar Hoover assigns an FBI junior agent to insinuate himself into Capone's life and gain his trust so that Hoover can nail as many of Capone's Mob confederates as possible. Capone, suffering from the neurological effects of syphilis, is alternately lucid, full of the passion and energy that fueled his rise to the pinnacle of American crime…and rambling or ranting, the broken shell of a man released from prison so he could die at home with his family. With the superb narrative gifts honed in dozens of novels, Estleman has captured the essence of this American icon as never before. With subtly nuanced portrayals of those in Capone’s circle—his underrated wife Mae Capone, members of the Chicago Outfit including the deadly Frank Nitti—as well as his nemesis, J. Edgar Hoover, Hoover’s secretary Helen Gandy and others, The Confessions of Al Capone is a major literary achievement.**
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When Old Midnight Comes Along

When Old Midnight Comes Along

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

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?At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Stamping Ground

Stamping Ground

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

In Loren D. Estleman's Stamping Ground, Deputy U.S. Marshall Page Murdock isn't happy when Judge Blackthorne decides to send him on an assignment to North Dakota. He passed through the territory once before and is not eager to return to a land of sudden blizzards and spring floods. And to make matters worse he has been handed the nearly impossible job of apprehending the renegade Cheyenne leader Ghost Shirt, who is responsible for several massacres in the area.
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White Desert

White Desert

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

This is the latest installment in a well-established Western cop series. The cop is Page Murdoch, U.S. marshal, cynic, tough-ass, and the last man you'd want on your tail. In this book Murdoch, Montana-based, pursues a vicious gang into the far north of Canada in winter—the infinity of snow he encoutners gives the title White Desert. To get his men he must outwit or outmaneuver some aggressive, unpredictable Metis; goes into a colony of American blacks escaped from slavery and still touchy; and a band of Sioux, followers of Crazy Horse fled to Grandmother's Land for safety.At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
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Motown

Motown

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

Working undercover in order to stop a consumer advocacy agency from putting Detroit auto companies out of business, ex-cop and car lover Rick Amery becomes involved in the conflagration of a black gang war. Reprint.From Publishers WeeklyThe second installment of Estleman's Detroit trilogy ( Whiskey River ) is terrific: fast, intricate and often funny. Choreographing the movements leading to the August 1966 Detroit riots, Estleman focuses on three main characters: Rick Amery, an ex-cop hired to spy on a Ralph Nader-like consumer advocate; inspector Lew Canada, trying to prevent a war between the Mafia and black gangs, and a likely race riot; and Quincy Springfield, numbers racketeer and "blind pig" (after-hours club) operator. But the author does not stint on minor characters, and they, too, leap off the page. A crippled mob boss resolves to oust "the coloreds" from the rackets while his exiled father schemes to reclaim the family business; there's also a retired newsman right off The Front Page , plus a Jimmy Hoffa-type labor leader. Set pieces are no less than stunning, notably a publicity stunt to embarrass GM chairman James Roche, and a big black funeral. Period details work wonderfully as well: the clothes, cars, songs, political references, even the price of lamb chops at the A & P are right on the money. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library JournalMotown is Motor City, the Detroit of Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler, the Detroit of street hogs, blind pigs, union bosses, and tough cops. It's a rough town, rife with dirt, crime, and corruption, its steamy streets redolent of whiskey, blood, and sweat. This is the second volume of a trilogy ( Whiskey River , Bantam, 1990, was the first) tracing the history of the city from the bottom up. It's the summer of 1966. A Nader-like consumer advocate is just starting to take on the automobile industry. The ghetto is near to boiling. The mayor has the presidential itch, and a local mobster is making a bid to take over the black numbers racket. The story follows the actions of a former police lieutenant as he becomes a consumer advocate, and a black entrepreneur as he becomes the pillar of Detroit's black resistance. Is it good? Listen, Estleman knows crime fiction in ways that Bo can only dream about.- David B. Mattern, Univ. of Virginia, CharlottesvilleCopyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The Wolfer

The Wolfer

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

Feared throughout the West, wolfer Asa North is as ferocious and ruthless as the wolves he hunts. But he may have finally met his match in Black Jack, the cunning, blood-thirsty beast whose pack has ravaged innumerable herds of sheep and cattle.
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Thunder City

Thunder City

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

Thunder City presents Detroit in the process of becoming the Motor City. Harlan Crownover, scion of a great family of carriage makers, battles with his father to invest in a company run by Henry Ford, who has failed twice before in the automobile business. Desperate for funds, Harlan turns to Big .Jim Dolan, the Midwest's most powerful political boss, and Sal Borneo, a visionary mafioso struggling to bring the commerce of vice into the new century. Allies at first, they soon will be mortal enemies. At the crisis, only Edith Hampton Crownover, Harlan's troubled, aristocratic mother, will be in a position to shift the balance of power.From Publishers WeeklyDetroit is most of the setting for Estleman's crime dramas (he is also an acclaimed author of westerns), but the author sees seven of his novels in particular as forming a "Detroit Series," charting the city's history and telling in microcosm the history of the U.S. in the 20th century. This seventh and final installment, a colorful and suspenseful peek into mobster dens and automobile factories and boardrooms, rounds out the writer's chronicle of the Motor City. It is the first decade of the 20th century and Detroit is the bustling center of automobile development and manufacture. Harlan Crownover, son of a wealthy carriage-making tycoon, is swept up in the romance and novelty of the horseless carriage, much to his father's disgust and rage. Harlan, however, is a visionary and, seeing a future for the automobile, joins with Henry Ford to start the Ford Motor Company. Seeking investment money, Harlan first approaches Big Jim Dolan, a slick and powerful Irish politician with competing business interests, who sends Harlan packing. Harlan next strikes a deal with Sal Borneo, a shrewd and murderous Mafia boss who has no interest in automobiles, but who has something else in mind as the payoff for his investment. Invoking political expediency and threatening blackmail, Harlan's father induces Dolan and Borneo to join him in an unlikely conspiracy to ruin Ford and crush Harlan, but they underestimate their unconventional opponents in the legal, media and banking battles that result. Ford and Harlan's triumph over the cabal is exceedingly clever and satisfying, but it is Borneo's sharp forward-thinking vision that is most chilling. Profiting from Estleman's usual careful plotting, accurate backgrounds and crisp narrative, this is a gritty novel of high ideals and low morals, of men trying desperately to outwit one another whatever the cost in the heady days of invention and industry in Detroit. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Kirkus ReviewsFifth in the highly lauded series of Detroit novels that began with 1990's Whiskey River, a marvel of Prohibition-era description, and continued variously with Motown, King of the Corner, and, most recently, Edsel (1995). The story this time goes back to turn-of-the-century Detroit and Henry Fords third attempt to make his automobile factory solvent. Almost no one thinks that Fords horseless carriage will ever take off and pay for itselfno one but Harlan Crownover, widely seen as the slow-brained member of a family renowned for its business sense. Harlans father, Abner Crownover II, had risen from grease boy in his own fathers firm to youthful genius who turned the firm into one that built short-haul freight vehicles and passenger coaches. These were capped by the elegant Crownover opera coach, which rode on a superb suspension system invented by Abner II, subsequently patented, leased to all other coach makers, and insuring Abner II of millions of dollars for the rest of his life. Or as long as coaches are madeand now young Harlan is backing Henry Ford. Harlan goes to Big Jim Dolan, the citys street railway commissioner, for a $5,000 loan he plans to sink into Fords ingenious new assembly-line factory. When Dolan turns him down, Harlan hits up the Sicilian Prince, rising protection-racket boss Sal Borneo. Aside from being a health faddist, Borneo, tied to Dolan, has his hand in the city governmentand into Ford by way of Harlan? Will Ford solve his rear-axle problem by stealing Abner II's spring suspension system? Will Harlan eventually take over the factory and become the new Coach Prince? Will bloody Sal turn on Harlan? A tour de force of descriptive energy, researched to hairs-breadth accuracy of detail, and packed with characters vivid enough to make Frank Norris dance a jig with Theodore Dreiser. Estlemans final cut on this epic series should be a single chronological, chrome-plated volume of mirror-clear prose. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Mr. St. John

Mr. St. John

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

Race Buckner and his accomplices are robbing banks and trains all over the West. Their ingenious brand of banditry has made them virtually unstoppable-until a legendary lawman is put on their trail... Mister St. John. Irons St. John thought he had put his wild days in the saddle behind him. But when the Pinkertons offer him a sizable sum to run down the Buckners, he agrees to play peacekeeper one more time-and he rounds up a possee of low-down lawbreakers to assist him. Their employers don't approve of their rough and rowdy methods, but St. John and his crew are at their boisterous best on this manhunt, and they're riding toward the wildest showdown the West has ever seen... "Estleman rivals the finest American novelists with his gritty vision and keen ear." - The Washington Post Book World
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Loren D. Estleman - Valentino 01 - Frames

Loren D. Estleman - Valentino 01 - Frames

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

Valentino is a mild-mannered UCLA film archivist. In the surreal world of Hollywood filmdom, truth is often stranger than celluloid fiction. When Valentino buys a decrepit movie palace and uncovers a skeleton in the secret Prohibition basement, he's not really surprised. But he's staggered by a second discovery: long-lost, priceless reels of film—Erich von Stroheim’s infamous Greed.The LAPD wants to take the reels as evidence, jeopardizing the precious old film. If Valentino wants to save his find, he has only one choice—solve the murder within 72 hours with the help of his mentor, the noted film scholar Broadhead, and Fanta, a feisty, if slightly flaky, young law student.Between a budding romance with a beautiful forensics investigator and visions of Von Stroheim’s ghost, Valentino’s madcap race to save the flick is as fast and frenetic as a classic screwball comedy, with a quirky cast of characters and smart dialogue.
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Loren D. Estleman - Amos Walker 16 - Poison Blonde

Loren D. Estleman - Amos Walker 16 - Poison Blonde

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

Detroit's most savvy private eye is up to his neck in international drug smuggling, hit squads, double identities, music-industry gangsters, and a client who's nothing but trouble.Gilia Cristobal is a flashy Latina singer with a complicated past. Her name isn't really Gilia. In her home country she's wanted for a murder she didn't commit, and she needs Walker to find a missing woman─the woman whose name she's using, whom she's been paying monthly so she can stay in the U.S.But when the real Gilia Cristobal turns up dead, what was merely an odd case becomes downright nasty. His pretty young client is involved in a lot more than just music, and all of it deadly.
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Brazen

Brazen

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

A killer is reenacting the deaths of Hollywood's blond bombshells, and Valentino must stop him before it's too late in Loren D. Estleman's Brazen.UCLA film archivist and sometime film detective Valentino doesn't take friend and former actress Beata Limerick very seriously when she tells him that she quit acting because of the curse on blond actresses. Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Thelma Todd, Sharon Tate... they all had more fun, but none of them made it out of the business alive, and according to Limerick, she wasn't taking any chances. But when Valentino finds Beata's body staged the way Monroe was found, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" playing on repeat; he knows Limerick's death was no accident.Police detective Ray Padilla doesn't quite suspect Valentino is the killer, but he can't let him off that easy. After all, the film archivist seems to be involved in more than his share of intrigue and death, which makes him a prime suspect. But Valentino...
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The Perils of Sherlock Holmes

The Perils of Sherlock Holmes

Loren D. Estleman

Mystery & Thrillers / Western

Uncover these captivating Sherlock Holmes mysteries and essaysIn this adventurous collection of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, you will find yourself right by the legendary detective's side as he investigates a whole new series of crimes. Each of these fascinating tales are authorized by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle estate, and while you will recognize some of them, other stories, like "The Serpent’s Egg," are revealed here for the very first time. This entertaining book also includes three previously published essays, "Channeling Holmes," "On the Significance of Boswells," and "Was Sherlock Holmes The Shadow?" that delve deeper into the daring world of Sherlock Holmes and the imaginative mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.With The Perils of Sherlock Holmes, you will love diving into the extraordinary mindset and thrilling investigations of your favorite sleuth!Review"An excellent collection of short stories and essays." --New York Review of Books"The Perils of Sherlock Holmes is an entertaining and diverting read. If you liked the Conan Doyle adventures, there's plenty here to keep you turning the pages and try to make your own deductive reasoning." --BookPleasures.com"Estleman's style as Watson is better than many, and I especially liked 'The Devil and Sherlock Holmes' and 'The Riddle of the Golden Monkeys.' His fine introductory essay discusses his interest in Holmes and writing Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula - which I read and recall liking many years ago." --BestofSherlock.com"Readers who appreciate the classic portrayal of the detective...will likely enjoy The Perils of Sherlock Holmes. The limited duration of the stories is appreciated and allows readers flexibility. However, the brevity does not diminish the storytelling. Readers are transported back to another place and time during the series of short stories that pay homage to the legend that is Sherlock Holmes." --Pop Culture Guy BlogAbout the AuthorLoren D. Estleman is the author of nearly seventy novels, including the long-running Amos Walker private detective series; Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula, or The Adventure of the Sanguinary Count; and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes. In thirty years, his Sherlock Holmes novels have rarely been out of print.
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