Joseph Michael Ballista—“Joey Ballistic” to his Mob buddies—knows most of the ways to make an illegal buck, or “left-handed dollar”. That’s why he’s in trouble again. But his crafty lawyer, Lucille Lettermore—“Lefty Lucy” to just about every prosecutor she’s ever humiliated in court—is determined to free him by getting all his previous convictions set aside, beginning with one for attempted murder.
She hires Detroit private detective Amos Walker to investigate the old crime. Walker’s ﬁrst problem? The intended victim was investigative reporter Barry Stackpole, Walker’s only true friend. Walker’s not thrilled to help get his buddy’s alleged assailant off the hook. But justice demands a closer look, so he takes the case. It won’t be easy, though. Although the creep’s ex-wives grudgingly talk with Walker, he knows they’re not leveling with him. And when two people tied to the case are murdered, they are even less likely to be cooperative. Walker, friendless and desperate for answers, follows a string of leads old and new straight into a war of nerves and bullets in Detroit’s seedy, crime-ridden underbelly.
Crack another case with Amos Walker.
©2010 Loren D. Estleman (P)2010 Random House
Estleman writes an excellent jaded police detective character with an actual sense of humor. While this isn't my favorite of his Amos Walker stories, it is a solid entry in the series, and was entertaining from start to finish.
The one-liners here are worth the price of admission. It is cynical, observant, funny, and of course, brilliantly read by the incomparable Stephen Hoye. Amos Walker reminds me of Sam Spade crossed with Phillip Marlowe. Hard to beat that.
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