“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

Amos Walker Series

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Motor City Blue
Loren D. Estleman

Marla Bernstein is a pretty teenager who is the ward of Ben Morningstar, a semi-retired...

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Angel Eyes
Loren Estleman

"I'm going to disappear, Mr. Walker. Very suddenly and very soon."

Ann Maringer is a go...

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The Midnight Man
Loren D. Estleman

"Look for us when the moon is new. Look for us, but keep your distance. We're the Midnight Men...

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The Glass Highway
Loren D. Estleman

Television newscaster Sandy Broderick seems to be the type of guy who has it all: good looks,...

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Sugartown
Loren D. Estleman

Spring has come to Detroit's Sugartown enclave, and Amos Walker would like to feel kindly...

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Every Brilliant Eye
Loren D. Estleman

To hear him tell it, Amos Walker is an unsuccessful man in an obsolete profession. Still, even...

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Lady Yesterday
Loren D. Estleman

Tracking down a runaway wife is run of the mill. That's yesterday's blues. But finding the...

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Downriver
Loren D. Estleman

In this outing, Walker goes "Downriver," which is a Detroiter's term for any part of Michigan...

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General Murders
Loren D. Estleman

Detroit’s favorite P.I., Amos Walker, barrels through this collection of five short stories by...

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Silent Thunder
Loren D. Estleman

The tabloids were full of it. Constance Thayer, after a night of clubbing, drinks and drugs,...

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Sweet Women Lie
Loren D. Estleman

Entangled in a scandal involving a Hollywood woman and a quarter of a million dollars, Amos...

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Never Street
Loren D. Estleman

Detroit private investigator Amos Walker has accepted a missing-persons case. Neil Catalin, a...

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The Witchfinder
Loren D. Estleman

In seventeenth-century England witchfinders were bearers of false witness - and were paid...

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The Hours of the Virgin
Loren D. Estleman

Detroit is no place for virgins, or gentlemen. Walker, who is neither, follows the 50-year-old...

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A Smile on the Face of the Tiger
Loren D. Estleman

In Estleman's latest novel, Amos Walker is back on the streets of Detroit as he investigates...

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Sinister Heights
Loren D. Estleman

Leland Stutch, creator of an automobile dynasty and master of the town of Iroquois Heights,...

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Poison Blonde
Loren D. Estleman

Detroit's most savvy private eye is up to his neck in international drug-smuggling, hit squads...

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Retro
Loren D. Estleman

Walker has made a lot of friends--and a few enemies--in his years as a detective in Detroit,...

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Nicotine Kiss
Loren D. Estleman

Jeff Starzek, an old friend who smuggles cigarettes for a living, saves Walker’s life, getting...

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American Detective
Loren D. Estleman

Ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher Darius Fuller wants Amos Walker to break off his daughter's engageme...

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The Left-handed Dollar
Loren D. Estleman

Joseph Michael Ballista—“Joey Ballistic” to his mob buddies—knows most of the ways to make an...

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Infernal Angels
Loren D. Estleman

Much like author Loren D. Estleman, Detroit private investigator Amos Walker has long been...

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Burning Midnight
Loren D. Estleman

Amos Walker knows Detroit, from the highest to the lowest, and that includes the gangs of...

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