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King of the Corner

(Detroit #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Miller, a former major-league pitcher and ex-con, takes a job as driver for a bail bondsman, he finds himself embroiled with a cop-killing fugitive, Detroit's scandal-ridden mayor, and a volatile group of civil rights activists. ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Bantam Books
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Larry Bassett
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loren Estleman lets us know that major league baseball players are not immune from getting in trouble with the law and being sent to prison. He mentions Gates Brown, Ron LeFlore and Denny McLain, all of them Detroit Tigers to make his point. If you Google each of their names, you will find some interesting stories. The Tigers and Jackson Prison play a role in King of the Corner which is set in southeastern Michigan along with the six other books in the Detroit Crime Series.

This is historical fic
This is the third novel in Estleman's Detroit Crime Series. I have also read the earlier two, Whiskey River and Motown. All are excellent crime fiction and stand out for me because I lived near Detroit from 1967 to 1991.

This one is set during the last year I lived in Ann Arbor. Though I was completely immersed in my job that year, I was vaguely aware that Detroit was in big trouble as a city. Ford Motor Co was basically gone from the Motor City, rampant unemployment was leading to the explosio
A good entertaining book about a clever baseball player making a comeback into the real world after being convicted and serving time for a crime he didn't commit but was framed for by the circumstances...

As usual and as expected from this author, the writing style is more than good, is well above average with amazing subtle humor well placed here and there...
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good story
Once again, the City of Detroit takes center stage in a novel replete with themes of crime, violence, power plays among the powers-that-be, drug lords, and the police, and the everyday struggles of ordinary people (young and old) to survive and thrive.

The year is 1990 and a onetime star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers is released from prison, where he had served 7 years for having a party at a high class downtown hotel, where a young lady was given cocaine and later died from an overdose. "Doc"
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is really number 7. He did not write them in the order of their chronology but they should be read in that order. Really terrific picture of Detroit in the twentieth century.
Patrick SG
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Estleman brings to life the city of Detroit in all of his historical novels. This - his seventh in the series - brings the history up to nearly modern times. I especially appreciated it as I lived through much of this time and was familiar with many of the people he writes about. He drops in references to local TV personalities and other Detroiters that you'd have to be familiar with to really appreciate. For example, there's an off-handed reference to Tom Monaghan (founder of Domino's pizza) no ...more
Todd Stockslager
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A novel of Detroit. Set in 1990, this is one of Estleman's better efforts, probably my favorite Detroit novel. The hero is Doc Miller, an ex-con ex-Detroit Tiger pitcher who is perfectly underwritten in that hard-boiled style, but simmering with a low-boiling tension and modern sensitivity that is rare in this style.

Estleman keeps the action moving and the description to a minimum, and the use of continuing characters or relatives of said characters from the earlier Detroit novels keeps the book
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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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