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Infernal Angels (Amos Walker #21)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Much like author Loren D. Estleman, private detective Amos Walker has long been reluctant to embrace technology; it was not until recently that Walker got his first cell phone. Now, in Infernal Angels, Walker is hired to do a twenty-first–century job—recovering stolen HDTV converter boxes. Before long, the case turns old-school: All the suspects and the man who lost the bo ...more
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Published July 5th 2011 by Forge Books (first published June 21st 2011)
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James Thane
Detroit P.I. Amos Walker appears for the twenty-first time in Infernal Angels. As always, the case seems innocuous enough at the beginning: a resale dealer has been burglarized and twenty-five HDTV converters have been stolen.

Amos is a detective of the old school who still drives a souped-up Oldsmobile Cutlass and who only recently--and begrudgingly--got a cell phone. He wouldn't know an HDTV converter from an Xbox 360. The dealer patiently shows him the sample he was sent ahead of the shipment
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Donna
Jun 20, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked this very much...maybe 3.5 stars. Amos Walker reminds me of Parker's Spencer and Chandler's Marlowe. The low-life criminals of Detroit are well drawn, but I found the ultimate bad guy a bit of a stereotype. Walker is the kind of PI who keeps going even when (especially when) you tell him to stop.

I'll read more of these.
Ed
Aug 25, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardboiled private eye fans
Recommended to Ed by: long-time fan of the private eye series
I've been a long-time fan of the P.I. Amos Walker mystery series based in blue-collar, gritty Detroit and its environs. This latest entry is up to the series' usual excellence. Amos gets involved with stolen HDTV converter boxes which soon escalates into a case of more evil and mayhem than he signed on for originally. Mr. Estleman's hardboiled prose is stylish and picturesque, part of why I enjoy reading his crime fiction as well as Westerns. If you have a yen for reading a modern private eye pr ...more
Thom Haneline
I only gave it 2 stars. I've been reading Estleman for 30 years, and am a big fan. But I found this one difficult to get through. The writing is stilted and convoluted - almost as if someone else was trying to write like Estleman. I usually enjoy his metaphors - for instance, in a previous novel he wrote - "When it's February in Detroit, it's been winter forever" is almost a haiku. Sentences in this book seem endless. And the plot is way too convoluted. Still better than many other writers,and I ...more
Catherine Woodman
I found this murder mystery to be a littlee too hard boiled for my taste--and kind of convoluted (which are not too criticisms that normally go together. The book was enjoyed more by my spouse, who likes this sort of mystery far better than I do.
Craftygirl81
The book had an interesting concept but the writing style just didn't work for me. It seemed unrealistic the way the characters talked much too elaborate. Had a hard time finishing the book so that's why I rated this book as such.
Andy Plonka
Mar 22, 2014 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why it has taken me this long to read Estleman's Amos Walker series since I usually get into writers from my home state but this, Amos' 21st adventure was a winner.
Al Stoess
Oct 07, 2011 Al Stoess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Estleman fans.
I been reading Estleman's bools since the early 1980's and have enjoyed them greatly. Intrenal Angels was a disappointented compared the intrique and hard hitting action of his other bools.
Scott Wright
May 06, 2017 Scott Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I am not sure what to say about this book. I jumped in at 21 as the first I've read in the series. I didn't jump up and down, but It was an ok book that fit its market well. A little bit predictible and no amazing twists, but it didn't lack because of it.
Gloria Feit
Nov 27, 2011 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In the twenty-first novel in the wonderful Amos Walker series, Loren Estleman once again captures the spirit of Detroit, as much a character in the novel as it is the mise en scene. As the author describes it, it is a city which “continued its slug’s crawl toward bleak oblivion.” Although the tale begins innocuously enough, when Walker is hired to recover 25 stolen cable-TV converter boxes, it is soon apparent that there is more going on than meets the eye, when two people with whom Walker has s
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Tony
Jul 16, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Estleman, Loren D. INFERNAL ANGELS. (2011). ****.
Turns out that this is the twenty-first novel from Mr. Estleman featuring his P.I. protagonist, Amos Walker. I thought I’d read them all, but discovered that I missed two. That will soon be corrected. Estleman is a superb crafter of P.I. novels, and has, over the years, allowed his readers to grow old with Walker. This case starts out as a simple job for Walker in finding out where a bunch of HDTV converter boxes might have ended up after they we
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Amy
Reviewed for Library Journal. Review below:

Library Journal
Few authors could write a gripping crime novel about the theft of HDTV convertor boxes in Detroit; but if the tale is told by esteemed noir writer Estleman, sit back and enjoy the ride. Motown's most cantankerous gumshoe is back in his 21st novel, and he's never been more irrepressible or caustic. When Amos Walker (The Left-Handed Dollar) gets a tip on a client looking to recover some stolen convertor boxes, he signs on for a few days wor
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Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loren Estleman is one of my favorite authors. Whether it's mystery, or western genres, his stuff is as entertaining as anyone's. This is his Amos Walker character's 21st novel, and he is one of the best noir detectives ever. Walker operates, primarily, in seedier parts of Detroit, which is saying something. As I was born, and raised there, it almost always saddens me somewhat reading Walker, or any of the "Detroit" novels, that Estleman has written. Of course I'm also the one who has often joked ...more
Jane Auringer Danjin
Some fun. I was amused when Amos Walker finally admitted he could not do without a cell phone. He finally is catching up.

Another little item I enjoyed so much was the Detroit Free Press reporter, Barry's, comment when he and Amos were in the riverfront warehouse district. He said: I was born to late, I should be shooting rumrunners with a Speed Graphic. My father had a Speed Graphic and photographed the J. T. Wing, the last sailing ship on the Great Lakes, in the Detroit River. Just after, the
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Ed
Aug 15, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#22 in the Amos Walker series. Amos Walker is an old school, blue-collar detective in hard-scrabble, blue collar Detroit.

Amos Walker is hired to recover HDTV converter boxes stolen from a retailer whose shop also does vintage resale business. Before long, the case turns old school: both a suspect and the man who lost the boxes are murdered, and Walker ends up working with both the local police and the feds.
Henry
Jun 12, 2014 Henry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My first try at the Amos Walker series. Awful, just awful. Grand conspiracies all around, one stereotypical character after another, people speaking in entire paragraphs, one after another. If telling rather than showing was a crime, this author would have to serve about ten consecutive life sentences. It doesn't help that the publisher of the hardcover edition had their proofreaders on strike (e.g."inherant").
Karen
I never could get int0 this book because of the manners this author writes the story. My mind wandered and I did not want to read it. I forced myself to finish because it was being used for a challenge that ends this month and I have a lot of other books going I do want to read. I did not want to dig up another "I" title book this close to the finish line. Sad, because the plot of the story sounded so good. Because of the plot, I am giving it a low 2* instead of a 1*.
Rachel
Sep 09, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Private Investigator Amos Walker is hired to find stolen television converter boxes. When his client is murdered Amos becomes involved in a larger investigation with Homeland Security and the Detroit police. It was interesting reading a story set in my area but some of his descriptions of downtown Detroit were wrong. The mystery itself was interesting and I look forward to reading more books in the series.
Cindy
Jun 27, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like this tale, though it's darker sometimes, remained interesting with no bad language, graphic sex or gore. Will read author again. Audio well narrated by Stephen Hoi (?sp). No TTS-enabled eBook but hard/ soft cover & audiobook available.

©2011?
Will Zeilinger
Jul 29, 2014 Will Zeilinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great!
Classic detective story set in 21st century Detroit! Loren puts you in his back pocket for the ride!
Snappy dialog - written in a gritty but entertaining style! I'll read more of this author's work!
Carolyn Rose
Dec 04, 2011 Carolyn Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although some parts of the plotting (the extended foot chase) didn't work for me, I closed the book as I usually do with Estleman's work, wishing I could craft similes as visually exciting as he does.
Richard
Aug 03, 2011 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes well written mystery: gritty PI tales: old fashioned stories.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Estleman's work.
Amos Walker is the old fashioned kind of fixer...working one relentless step at a time. You will not be disappointed in this story.

It escalates from a mundane tale of missing stuff to a very complex plot filled with danger and intrigue. Good stuff !!
Terry
Sep 17, 2014 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Classic Detroit Gumshoe Noir with plenty of interesting dialogue,gritty characters and Estleman's own unique style. Of course the plot revolves around the rampant graft/corruption permeating the decaying rust belt former metropolis. Very enjoyable.
Mark Levine
Oct 02, 2011 Mark Levine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best.Hardboiled to the point dialogue.Surprise finale.
Lynn Kearney
It's good to see Amos Walker again.
Conrad
Mar 30, 2016 Conrad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Estelman's writing. He is not writing about heroes as much as people who live the life that was set before them.
Manray9
May 22, 2012 Manray9 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cops-or-crime
Not one of the best of the Amos Walker series. Estleman's note at the end may indicate recognition that the characters and the stories are tired.
Jack Laschenski
Dec 28, 2013 Jack Laschenski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good Amos Walker Detroit based detective story.

Amos is getting a little old and prone to injury.

Detroit is depicted as disastrous as it is.


A good diversion.
Kevin
Aug 03, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great entry in the Amos Walker series.
Harry Lane
Estleman has a well-deserved reputation. Can't think of any I haven't liked, though I like his other series better than the Amos Walker.
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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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