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updated 9 dec 14

 


"Frames is gripping entertainment..."
Lawrence Kasdan,
Academy Award-nominated Director and Screenwriter

"Loren Estleman is the Stravinsky of hard-boiled prose--
he never hits a wrong note."
John Lescroart, author of
The First Law: A Novel

"Loren Estleman is my hero."
Harlan Coben, author of the
instant #1 New York Times bestseller
Hold Tight

"...a true professional, a writer of a sort increasingly rare...so given to his work as to spontaneously combust to genius."
THE BOSTON GLOBE

 


 

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MYSTERIES
AMOS WALKER SERIES
VALENTINO SERIES
PETER MACKLIN SERIES
DETROIT CRIME SERIES
OTHER CRIME FICTION

WESTERNS
PAGE MURDOCK SERIES
STAND-ALONE HISTORICAL
WESTERNS

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[ news ]

Estleman's bibliomystery,
"The Book Club,"
is available at The Mysterious Bookshop and is a Mysterious Bookshop Original Short Story.

"The Book Club" is about the murder of a wealthy book collector and the elderly
bookshop owner who solves the crime.

Click here for the limited hardcover version (signed and numbered)
and, here for the paperback version


[ new books ]

December 2014

YOU KNOW WHO KILLED ME

[ From Forge Books ]

 

Publishers Weekly Starred Review:
Edgar-finalist Estleman’s compelling 24th Amos Walker novel (after 2014’s Don’t Look for Me) finds the hard-bitten Detroit PI in rehab, after overdosing on alcohol and Vicodin. The doctor treating Walker gives him a break by not reporting his possession of the pain medication without a prescription. Meanwhile, an old friend asks his help with a murder case in nearby Iroquois Heights: Donald Gates, who maintained the computer that operated the city’s traffic lights, was gunned down in his basement. Lt. Ray Henty, who’s in charge of the corrupt Iroquois Heights PD, has a tough job made harder by the placement of huge billboards featuring Gates’s photo and the legend, “You Know Who Killed Me.” The responses to the ads flood the sheriff’s department tip line with dozens of anonymous calls, which Walker is deputized to look into. The solution is among the author’s craftiest and bleakest. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Dec.)


October 2014

THE WISTER TRACE, ASSAYING CLASSIC WESTERN FICTION
~ SECOND EDITION ~

[ From University of Oklahoma Press ]

An entertaining and scholarly analysis of classic western novels and short stories
from 1902 through 2005.



May 2014

RAGTIME COWBOYS

[ From Forge Books ]

In prohibition-era Southern California, real life detectives Charles D. Siringo and Dashiell Hammett must solve a mystery involving a ruthless politician Joseph P. Kennedy. With sharp dialogue and rich historical background, Ragtime Cowboys is an exciting, suspenseful tale in which the Old West and Hollywood collide.
Los Angeles, 1921: Ex-Pinkerton Charlie Siringo is living in quiet retirement when Wyatt Earp knocks on his door and asks him to track down his missing horse. What begins as horse thievery turns into a deeper mystery as Siringo and another ex-Pinkerton, the young Dashiell Hammett, follow clues that take them from the streets of Los Angeles to Jack London's farm, until they discover a conspiracy masterminded by the notorious and powerful Joseph P. Kennedy.

 


 

March 18, 2014

DON'T LOOK FOR ME

[ From Forge Books ]

The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
[Estleman's] latest Amos Walker mystery is so old-school, with its world-weary private eye, cynical villains and sultry dames, that it's new again.

Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
In Estlemans suspenseful, no-frills 23rd Amos Walker novel (after 2012s Burning Midnight), investment banker Alec Wynn asks the cynical Detroit private detective to find his missing wife, Cecelia, who disappeared, leaving behind a note simply stating, Dont look for me. Walker starts with Wynns ex-apprentice, who had an affair with Cecelia, but gets nowhere with him. With few leads, the detective tracks down the herbal remedies store that supplied Cecelia with a cabinet-full of pills, to see if anyone there has any idea of her whereabouts. The search has some unexpected twists, though readers of the genre wont be surprised when the case turns violent. Estleman has few peers when it comes to giving his world-weary PI downbeat Chandleresque lines (I thought I heard a bird singing, but it turned out to be a sanitation truck backing up in the next block), which complement a lean but engrossing plot and a plausibly human lead.

 


 

June 11, 2013

THE CONFESSIONS OF AL CAPONE

[ From Forge Books ]

From the Publishers Weekly Review:
Edgar-finalist Estleman (Burning Midnight) presents a nuanced and compelling fictionalized portrait of the best-known gangster of them all, Al Capone. In 1944, J. Edgar Hoover pulls Peter Vasco off a desk job for a special undercover assignment. Capone is in Florida, dying of syphilis, and Hoover hopes the right person can get information from him that would enable the bureau to make cases against successors to his criminal throne. As Vascos father was acquainted with the mobster from a long-ago incident, the young investigator is tapped to pose as a priest and work his way into Capones inner circle to elicit what useful information he can. The book alternates between third-person description of Vascos efforts and a convincing first-person narration by Capone as he shares some of his secrets. Estleman captures his leads ambivalence at deceiving others for a greater good perfectly, and the directions the plot takes aren't always foreseeable.
Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (June)


Estleman set up this "memory board" for quick reference.
It's a fair representation of the inside of his head all the time
he was writing The Confessions of Al Capone.


At 26, he was the most powerful crime lord in history.
He was barely 30 at the time of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Click HERE to read

A Public Enemy Primer:
Little-Known Facts about Al Capone

by Loren D. Estleman


April 2013

ALIVE!
A Valentino Mystery

[ From Forge Books ]


Bela Lugosi's Frankenstein screen test puts Valentino in the picture for murder

Everyone knows the Frankenstein monster was played by Boris Karloff. His portrayal is so famous that the play Arsenic and Old Lace was filled with Karloff/monster jokes—even when the part of the monstrously deformed villain was played by another actor. But before Karloff's memorable portrayal, another famous 1930s Hollywood icon, Bela Lugosi, tested for the part of the monster.

The screen test footage was lost for decades, until Valentino, that never-say-die film archivist, gets a hot tip about the whereabouts of the incriminating (for really bad, heavily accented acting) footage. But it comes with a price far greater than the money he'll have to pay. Someone would kill to get that reel of film, and that makes Valentino a mortal obstacle who would rather not die for art. People have already been murdered for the film, and Val doesn’t want to push his luck…but boy, that reel is too good to let go….

Enter a crew of steampunk fans. Loving the arcane strangeness that is Valentino’s life—not to mention the completely glam prospect of seeing film's original Count Dracula as the Frankenstein monster—they will find a way to save Valentino and Lugosi's infamous screen test. Or if they can’t do that, have a great party anyway. Val just hopes it's not a wake.…

In Alive!, Loren D. Estleman delivers a mystery that only he can.




October 2014

THE PLATED SPOON AND OTHER TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
SHORT STORIES
Edited by Loren D. Estleman

[ From Tyrus Books ]

Authorized and licensed by
Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

To contact Estleman, please write him via his publisher:
Tor/Forge
175 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010

 

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