Retro: An Amos Walker Novel

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Tom Doherty Associates, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 288 pages

Loren D. Estleman is the quintessential noir detective writer, and Amos Walker is his quintessential noir detective. In Retro, Walker has made a lot of friends--and a few enemies--in his years as a detective in Detroit, but he has never had to deal with quite the trouble he finds when he agrees to grant the death-bed wish of Beryl Garnet. Beryl was a madam, but she had a son a long while ago, and asks Walker to make sure that her son gets her ashes when she's gone.

He finds her son, who has been in Canada since the 1960s, evading the law since he was a Vietnam War protester. A simple favor, melancholy, but benign. Except that before he can get settled back in Detroit Garnet's son is dead, with him as the prime suspect.

He has little choice but to find out who might have done the deed and tried to pin the blame on him. . . and in the process he discovers another murder, of a boxer from the 1940s, Curtis Smallwood, who happens to have been the man's father. If that wasn't bad enough, his task is made much more complicated by the fact that the two murders, fifty-three years apart, were committed with the very same gun. And in a place where it was impossible for a gun to be.

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Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
17
Section 3
23
Section 4
31
Section 5
49
Section 6
55
Section 7
63
Section 8
69
Section 19
159
Section 20
167
Section 21
173
Section 22
181
Section 23
187
Section 24
195
Section 25
211
Section 26
217

Section 9
75
Section 10
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Section 11
85
Section 12
93
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
125
Section 16
131
Section 17
137
Section 18
147
Section 27
227
Section 28
237
Section 29
245
Section 30
253
Section 31
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Section 32
265
Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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About the author (2007)

Loren D. Estleman was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA degree in English Literature and Journalism in 1974. In 2002, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters for his contribution to American literature.

He is the author of more than fifty novels in the categories of mystery, historical western, and mainstream, and has received four Western Writers of American Golden Spur Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, and three Shamus Awards. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Britain's Silver Dagger, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003, the mammoth Encyclopedia of Detective Fiction named him the most critically acclaimed writer of U.S. detective

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