Monday, January 2, 2012

MOTOR CITY BLUE by Loren D. Estleman

Motor City Blue is the first of Loren D. Estleman’s Amos Walker books I’ve ever read.

The book involves what seem to be three separate cases. An aging Detroit mob boss hires Walker to find his missing stepdaughter. The police investigate the murder of a prominent union politician. And two men murder Walker’s old Vietnam commander.

Walker plays against, not just the police, but also army intelligence.

As the complex story unfolds, the three cases intertwine. They lead Walker into the world of prostitution and pornography.

For me, the solution was a genuine surprise.

This story has several chase scenes. Different bad guys get the drop on Walker more than once. And the book contains one murder after another, I have no idea how many.

In other words, it is non-stop action of the private-eye type.

I don’t know where I’ve been all of Loren D. Estleman’s writing life. The Walker books are popular, and Estleman has written a lot of them, but for some reason, I never picked one up.

I have some catching up to do.


Naomi Johnson said...

I have some catching up to do myself. I've been meaning to read Estlemen's books for a long (too long) time.

Joe Barone said...

This wasn't my favorite private eye novel, but it was good enough that I will read others.

Graham Powell said...

This was Estleman's first Amos Walker book, and to me it reads like a product of its time a lot more than the rest of them do. This is clearly a 70s book. The others may reference current events or use them for plot points, but they have more of a timeless quality.

JoyfulA said...

Those Amos Walkers are among my favorites. Estleman also does historicals, which are good if you like historicals (I don't much), a hit man series that I find too domestic, and westerns, a few of which I bought and then couldn't bear to try.

Joe Barone said...

Graham, I wondered about this. I liked this book, but I hoped I would like the later ones better. I was aware it was his first Walker book. I started with it because it was on special in an electronic edition. I'm cheap, I guess.

JoyfulA, I plan to read more Amos Walker books.