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"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.
for the limited hardcover
version (signed and numbered)
for the paperback
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YOU KNOW WHO KILLED ME
Forge Books ]
Weekly Starred Review:
Edgar-finalist Estlemans compelling 24th Amos Walker
novel (after 2014s Dont 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 citys traffic lights, was gunned down
in his basement. Lt. Ray Henty, whos in charge of the corrupt
Iroquois Heights PD, has a tough job made harder by the placement
of huge billboards featuring Gatess photo and the legend,
You Know Who Killed Me. The responses to the ads
flood the sheriffs department tip line with dozens of anonymous
calls, which Walker is deputized to look into. The solution is
among the authors craftiest and bleakest. Agent: Dominick
Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Dec.)
THE WISTER TRACE, ASSAYING CLASSIC WESTERN FICTION
~ SECOND EDITION ~
University of Oklahoma Press ]
entertaining and scholarly analysis of classic western novels
and short stories
from 1902 through 2005.
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
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.
DON'T LOOK FOR ME
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.
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.
THE CONFESSIONS OF AL CAPONE
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
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
A Valentino Mystery
Forge Books ]
Bela Lugosi's Frankenstein screen test puts Valentino in
the picture for murder
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 jokeseven 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.
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 doesnt want
to push his luck
but boy, that reel is too good to let go
a crew of steampunk fans. Loving the arcane strangeness that
is Valentinos lifenot to mention the completely glam
prospect of seeing film's original Count Dracula as the Frankenstein
monsterthey will find a way to save Valentino and Lugosi's
infamous screen test. Or if they cant do that, have a great
party anyway. Val just hopes it's not a wake.
Loren D. Estleman delivers a mystery that only he can.
PLATED SPOON AND OTHER TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Edited by Loren D. Estleman
Tyrus Books ]
and licensed by
Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle