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The Witchfinder (Amos Walker #12)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
"Stuart Lund came in at six-two and three hundred pounds in gray silk tailoring with a large head of wavy yellow hair, blue eyes like wax drippings, and a black chevron-shaped moustache he hadn't bothered to bleach." That description of a lawyer who summons private detective Amos Walker to a secret meeting with Jay Bell Furlong, a world-famous architect who is supposedly d ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1998)
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David DeValera
Feb 26, 2010 David DeValera rated it really liked it
There are so many one-liners in this book you could squash a pack mule under their combined weight. The main character, Amos Walker, is a heavyweight prose puncher and a verbal jujitsu master. He says the kind of things you write down on 3 x 5 cards and study before parties. Jab and punch phrases like, "He is so rich that the amount of his property taxes alone would keep the Third World in rice and prayer rugs for the next decade." Not a direct quote, but something close; you kinda make em' your ...more
May 08, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#12 in the Amos Walker series.

Amos Walker novel - noted architect, on his deathbed, hires Walker to find out who sabotaged his final romance eight years ago.
Sep 12, 2012 Doris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Doris by: insomniacs
I really wanted to like this book, but it came across as too pompous, too pedestrian, and too filled with cliches. The main character was too much like the old time hard man - unless its meant to be a spoof and it fails there too because it isn't funny.

To give you an idea - I used it to help me fall asleep. Several times. I had even forgotten I hadn't finished it, then when I did finally pick it up to return to the library stack, realized it still had a bookmark, and proceeded to finish reading
Mike Jensen
The excellent reviews sucker me into reading an Estleman novel about once a decade. I hope I’ve finally learned my lesson. The plot and characters are utterly pedestrian, and the protagonist’s constant cynicism and condescension are boring. It is easy to look down on everything. It is rare to find their value. This is a worthless book.
Nov 13, 2011 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my normal type of book but I can listen to any genre on audio. This book was a pretty good detective story featuring love, lies, murder, and betrayal. What else could it possibly need?!
An entertaining PI novel featuring a Detroit investigator who is the master of the one-liner and must have one of the hardest skulls ever since he always takes a pretty good beating in the books.
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Apr 02, 2014 Rachel Winstead rated it it was amazing
"The world's black and white, good and bad, no matter what you hear. The people who say it isn't have already chosen black."
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Feb 25, 2011 Laurie Stoll rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was okay but I would not go out of my way to read more in this series.
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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
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