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Burning Midnight (Amos Walker #22)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  23 reviews
In Burning Midnight, master of the hard-boiled detective novel Loren D. Estlemangives readersa hot new Amos Walker mystery.

Amos Walker knows Detroit, from the highest to the lowest, and that includes the gangs of Mexicantown. When a friend asks Walker to get his son’s brother-in-law out of one of two feuding gangs, Walker gets in trouble fast. First, dead bodies start to p...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Forge Books
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It is always fun to read a book with a familiar setting. And, although I am not a real fan of hard-boiled detective stories, I really enjoyed following Amos Walker travel through the streets of Detroit's Mexican Town.

As a native Detroiter, I know the physical area well, but was far less familiar with the sub-culture. Estleman is a gritty, gifted writer and the reader feels the decay, the tension, and the cultural pride of the local Mexican population. I don't doubt for a minute that the author k...more
Reviewed for Library Journal: 6/1/12:

Detroit police inspector John Alderdyce, who has a complicated and long history with PI Amos Walker (Infernal Angels; The Left-Handed Dollar), arrives hat in hand with a plea to rescue a family member from the clutches of gang life. This entreaty ushers Amos into the world of Mexicantown, an area in southwest Detroit that is less than friendly to our wise-cracking detective. There he finds a new and depressing aspect to racial relations in this once great cit...more
BURNING MIDNIGHT. (2012). Loren D. Estleman. ****.
This is Mr. Estleman’s latest episode featuring P. I. Amos Walker, the quitessestial, smart talking tec from Detroit. In this tale, he is hired by a detective from Detroit’s police department to find the missing brother of his son’s wife. The wife, and her brother, are of Mexican heritage, and the brother has decided that he needs to explore his Mexican heritage. Unfortunately, that took the form of coming home with a tarantula tattooed on his h...more
Ann Sloan
This is the twenty-second Amos Walker novel, plus a collection of short stories, and I’m proud to say I’ve read all of them – since the early 90s. I prefer my mysteries hard-boiled like Chandler and Hammett wrote, and I don’t know any contemporary author who does it like Estleman. The mysteries are always well-plotted, character- as well as action-driven. There is always some line or situation that make me laugh; Amos Walker is so droll. He has the same dry sense of humor I’m told I have; I wish...more
Gloria Feit
Amos Walker has plowed the streets of Detroit through 20 previous novels. And now, in the 21st entry in this remarkable series, he is confronted with finding a 14-year-old Mexican youth on behalf of his sometime friend, sometime nemesis, Inspector John Alderdyce. It seems Alderdyce’s estranged son married a Mexican woman whose young brother has run away and become involved with one of two Mexican gangs in the Motor City. It takes him a day to find the boy, but then becomes involved in more than...more
Amos Walker is the hardest boiled detective around in 2012. Despite the cell phone (w/o a car charger), Walker harks back to the oldtime PIs with liquor bottles in the filing cabinets (under J for Jack Daniels).

In this series of remarkable longevity and reliability, Burning Midnight is an excellent entry.

In this one, friend/nemesis, John Alderdyce, Detroit homicide detective, is the client, as he hires Walker to find his Daughter-in-Law's 16 yr old brother. Nesto has been initiated into a Mexica...more
Dana Stabenow
Amos cares even less for the twenty-first century than he did for the twentieth, but he still gets the job done with a maximum amount of wisecracks. This time he's tracking down a Mexican gang busily wiping out all the other Mexican gangs, and get this: He's working for John Alerdyce while doing so. Never been to Detroit, but I always feel like I have after reading one of these.
Carolyn Rose
It's always good to spend time with hard-boiled detective Amos Walker and get his take on people, place, and politics. Terrific descriptions and great dialogue. Perhaps because I've read so many of his cases, I anticipated how things would work out and that took some of the edge off the experience.
#21 in the Amos Walker 1950's style hard drinking, hard boiled, wise cracking private investigator in today's Detroit. Walker's case takes him into Detroit's Mexicantown to tangle with gangs, arson and murder. This is a good mystery series with interesting cases and good characterization.
Snappy noir one-liners and dialogue, convoluted and unpleasant plot.

Example of the one-liner: "He was lugging around too much weight for a tall man, and he wasn't tall" (p. 19).
A nice long vamp on waiting rooms on pages 193-194.

Not sure I'll pick up another, though.
This is a typical Amos Walker mystery set in Detroit with a new twist. This time Walker gets involved investigating Mexican gangs. Like in the others in this series, Walker's dry humor and smart mouth make him more than likeable.
Private eye books that take place in Detroit.
I like Estleman a lot but I couldn't keep track of all the characters plus I think his characters are sometimes just too hip.
Nevertheless his metaphors, similes and language is great to read.
Jane Auringer Danjin
Yes, another Amos Walker. Set in the oldest part of town, around the Mexican restaurants we all haunted when working downtown. Amos is coming into the world of electronics.
Excellent, fast-paced with not a wasted word. The plot is kind of thin, but overall it's a fun read.
Don Gorman
Amos Walker is a really interesting character. He should not be wasted in story lines as weak as this.
Al Stoess
Jul 26, 2012 Al Stoess rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Estleman fans/
He's done better. Not much action. However, he is a master of descriptive phrases.
Mark Levine
Snappy dialogue.Deals with the gray areas of right and wrong.Mildly Machiavellian.
Lynn Kearney
3.5 Amos Walker continues to entertain, though this is not one of the strongest.
Oct 01, 2012 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like PI stories; Detroit; dark mysteries.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Estleman's work.
Excellent late 20th Century noir. Mr. Estleman is in a class unto himself.
I'll read anything by Estleman.
Scott Soloff
Best noir dialogue in the business!
Jun 13, 2012 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2012-new
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Loren D. Estleman is an American writer of detective and Western fiction. He writes with a manual typewriter.

Estleman is most famous for his novels about P.I. Amos Walker. Other series characters include Old West marshal Page Murdock and hitman Peter Macklin. He has also written a series of novels about the history of crime in Detroit (also the setting of his Walker books.) His non-series works in...more
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