Motor City Blue

Motor City Blue Amos Walker a tough talking Detroit detective will delight mystery buffs Loren D Estleman has written a series of fast paced mysteries which occur in the Motor City where murders are committed night

  • Title: Motor City Blue
  • Author: Loren D. Estleman
  • ISBN: 9780449211335
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Amos Walker, a tough talking Detroit detective, will delight mystery buffs Loren D Estleman has written a series of fast paced mysteries which occur in the Motor City where murders are committed nightly within full view of the glittering Renaissance Center.In Motor City Blue , Walker is hired by an ex gangster named Ben Morningstar to find his missing ward Marla His onAmos Walker, a tough talking Detroit detective, will delight mystery buffs Loren D Estleman has written a series of fast paced mysteries which occur in the Motor City where murders are committed nightly within full view of the glittering Renaissance Center.In Motor City Blue , Walker is hired by an ex gangster named Ben Morningstar to find his missing ward Marla His only clue is a black and white glossy of the type sold under the counter in those kinds of bookstores While slugging his way to the solution to this case, Amos witnesses a kidnapping of an old Vietnam friend and solves the murder of a young black labor leader.Estleman writes with a definite sense of style and contagious feeling for the rhythms of life in the inner city.

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    1. Loren D. Estleman

      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 include Bloody Season, a fictional recreation of the gunfight at the O.K Corral, and several novels and stories featuring Sherlock Holmes.Series Amos Walker Mystery Valentino Mystery Detroit Crime Mystery Peter Macklin Mystery Page Murdock Mystery

    795 thoughts on “Motor City Blue”

    1. This is the first entry in the Amos Walker detective series. Walker is a private eye who works a variety of jobs. Checking for insurance fraud seems to be his bread and butter. He witnesses, in broad daylight on a city street, the snatching of a guy he once knew. Hmmm. He reports it to the police who don't seem to be especially interested. Then he is hired by a major gangster to solve a missing persons case. There are a number of deaths and much mayhem in the story.I was sufficiently intrigued t [...]


    2. Sam Spade in Detroit in 1979 starts working on one crime and uncovers the solution to several others.Really good. I'll be back for more.


    3. This was my first reading of Estleman and I really enjoyed it. Straight forward approachn. Amor Walker is one tough PI. I look forward to reading more of this long running series.


    4. After two failed attempts to read this book you'd think enough would be enough but no. An audio copy found its way onto my soundbar and I gave it one last spin. Amos Walker comments at one stage that a girl called Iris is the only hooker he ever met that didn't own a fur coat. Maybe that would have been the cliche that broke the camel's back. Amos is a walking cliche (sorry pun police). He's not a guy I'd give any time to. His dialogue doesn't make much sense sometimes. Much of Walker's actual d [...]


    5. PROTAGONIST: Amos Walker, PISETTING: DetroitSERIES: #1 of 25RATING: 3.25WHY: PI Amos Walker is hired by retired mobster Ben Morningstar to find his missing ward, Marla Bernstein. She left her finishing school with some man and hasn't been seen since. A photo indicates that she may be selling herself. The plot is complicated, but Walker manages to uncover the ugly truth. I found the book somewhat difficult to read, as Estlemean is fond of dense paragraphs consisting of very long descriptive sente [...]


    6. A nice old fashioned mystery. I have always wanted to read this series and glad I have finally started it. It was fun being transported back a few decades. I also loved the setting of Detroit. I haven't read any books I can remember set there.


    7. Amos Walker is interesting and because I am familiar with Detroit's woes the book held some appeal. Just wish there was more hope for Detroit in the future.


    8. Loren D. Estleman's "Motor City Blue" is an interesting novel held back by creative missteps. Unlike other reviewers, I do not feel these faults merit ridicule and scorn. They are certainly regrettable within the larger context of this novel, though."Motor City Blue," which is the first story in a long-running series, establishes its main character, Amos Walker, and setting, Detroit, within the context of a convoluted, (ultimately) uninteresting mystery. As such, an assortment of audience reacti [...]


    9. Motor City Blue has an interesting, twisting plot, and Estleman can string some nice prose together. This should have been a book that I enjoyed a lot. And to some extent I did. My problems with it were two-fold. First, all the characters were highly stereotypical - Walker is cut from the same cloth as almost every PI committed to paper post Hammett and Chandler; Bernstein is the brattish, spoilt child; Morningstar is the laconic, benevolent gangster; Iris is the whore with a heart of gold; the [...]


    10. Loved this book and cannot wait to read more in this series! I can just picture Detroit and the life of P.I. Amos Walker. Anyone that enjoys a good mystery and a hard-hitting, smart mouthed P.I, this book is for you.


    11. I love it when I find a new detective series. Somewhere recently I read a good review about the latest in the Amos Walker series, so being the compulsive person I am, I started with the first and love it. Jeepers, 1980 seems like the dark ages now!


    12. BULLSEYE! If Loren Estleman wanted yo create a "hard-boiled," Candleresque, cynical, gitty, but witty detective story set in Detroit, then he hit the mark. I loved it, especially the last half. the wise-cracking didn't diminish like some books and Amos Walker is like a cross between Philip Marlowe and John Corey. To those who understand, need I say more?But, I will just to answer a couple of criticism, first Amos Walker is not inherently racist. Many in America today are what we called revisioni [...]


    13. Estleman would discover a more distinctive voice for him and Walker going forward from this book, but there are strong signals of the three dimensional character Walker will quickly become finding their way around the obstructions of a young writer feeling and writing his way for the first time through a seminal genre. One of Estleman's signature strengths is already firmly in place - in the grand tradition of American regionalism among writers, Estleman wisely placed Walker in environs he knew [...]


    14. Two things bothered me about this initial entry in the long-running Amos Walker series. The first was (and I am anything but PC!) a casuallet's call it "white exceptionalism" rather than racism. This is not so much written into the characters as it is part of the author. The second is the constant sneering cynicism of the lead character which almost seems forced at times. I wanted on a few occasions to just say, "Give it a break, okay?" That being said the story does a great job of depicting the [...]


    15. This is the first mystery in a series featuring Amos Walker, a PI in Detroit in the early 70s (or so). He seems to be perennially down on his luck, but things seem to turn around when a retired mob guy hires him to track down his missing ward. While set in the 70s there is a very 30s noir-ish feel to the story. It's a most excellent beginning to the series.


    16. I love Amos Walker, but this is not a good introduction. In later volumes Walker fortunately gets less racist and sexist; if you're not a completionist who needs to start at the very beginning, you might want to skip ahead a few.


    17. Fast, well written (Ross style) PI saga. Estleman does a good job of capturing Detroit's unique brand of grittiness in this story set in the 80's. This is the first of the Amos Walker series. I think I will sign up for more. Reminiscent of MacDonald in the political theme as well as the fact that, like Lew Archer, Amos Walker gets the bejabbers beaten out of him before all is said and done.


    18. For those of you who have marked this as a "to read" - all I can say is do not bother! It is possibly one of the worst books I have ever read and been able to finish. I am a big fan of Michael Connolly and have read and loved all the Harry Bosch & Lincoln Lawyer books so maybe I am spoiled. This is the 2nd mystery I have read and hated since finishing Connolly's latest book. You can see my scathing review of Harlan Coben's "The Deal Breaker" in . This one will be shorter:Film noir was a terr [...]


    19. A little bit too much.I have now read two Amos Walker books, this one and a collection of short stories, and I have yet to make up my mind about whether I truely like this character/writer or not.I like the tough streets of Detroit stuff and I think the setting, the industrial decay of the upper midwest is the perfect backdrop for a series of hardboiled detective stories. The problem is the term "hardboiled" is a bit of cliche and so is Amos Walker.It's a little too much like Chandler, and a lit [...]


    20. Crime Fiction and Detroit just go together. Unfortunately, that Hammett-throw-back style of writing quickly wore thin for me. Nor was I in the mood for a book that was half-filled with exposition, where, for instance, one character would ask a question and two pages later another character would finally answeror, the 5-page recount of the story to that point around page 170 (i.e. start on page 170 and it's a rockin' good read). I ended up skimming more than I read.I know Amos Walker was a long r [...]


    21. It'd been a while since I'd read anything campy and noir-ish, so I was definitely in the mood for this book. It helped immensely that the book was also quite good. While it very easily could have gone overboard and wandered into the realm of pastiche, Estleman instead managed to balance right at the edge and draw you into the word world he's woven. You can practically smell the sweat and the stench of booze wafting off of the characters wandering around the snow slogged city he thrusts his poor [...]


    22. This is the book that started the Amos Walker series. Loren Estleman was a beginning writer when he wrote Motor City Blue, and his debt to Raymond Chandler was never clearer than before he developed the serious writing chops of his more mature years. As Chandler's The Big Sleep, a knight-errant type of detective is hired by a rich and disabled man to solve a problem involving his daughter. That daughter's veniality is made evident by her reverting to a snake-like hiss when she is angered--just l [...]


    23. I'd heard a lot of good things about Loren Estleman. I'm really not sure why it took me so long to find something by him and read it. This is a good detective story. There are a lot of things happening here, but it's not kinetic to the detriment of plot. The plot really does carry. Much of it hinges on Amos Walker's personality. Is he the generic, drone of a hard-boiled detective that we've seen before? Or is he something more? I think it's the latter, and it worked well for me. Best supporting [...]


    24. This was written about a Detroit PI during the 70s - pre cell phones, internet access, and political correctness. So set your mind back in time and meet Amos Walker, a PI that is generally on the wrong end of fists or guns. In this story he is hired to find a young girl, while he is already watching a guy who is potentially committing insurance fraud. While he's watching the possible insurance fraud guy one morning, he sees his company commander from Viet Nam kidnapped. Now he's working three ca [...]


    25. Motor City Blue, Loren Estleman, B++Amos Walker #1Detroit c. 1980First line:A retired mobster hires Amos to find his missing ward, a girl who ran away from afinishing school and hasn't been seen sinceexcept for in a clip from a porn video.In the afterword in a recent re-print, Estleman admits he threw in everything exceptthe kitchen sink because he didn't know if he'd ever have another book published.And it shows. But the writing, the characterizations, the voice are so polished,you'd never gues [...]


    26. Motor City Blue is the first of Loren Estleman's Amos Walker mysteries. Amos Walker is a private detective in Detroit. I didn't think I was going to like this book for the first 50 or so pages but then I decided I did like it. Liked it enough to probably read the next one. Full of violence, drugs and drinking and seedy characters. In Motor City Blue Walker is hired to find a missing woman and leads to a bunch of other events. The young woman left a finishing school and ended up in a brothel.


    27. This first in Loren Estleman's Amos Walker series, dating waaay back to 1980, is fun and quick. Does it hit on just about every private dick cliche you can think of? Well, yeah. But I suspect that's the point, really. Estleman is a very good writer, fluent in a number of different approaches, and in this one he takes the standard Raymond Chandler route, with great success. And the asides about Detroit and its history are fascinating; I wouldn't have minded more of that.


    28. I checked the copywriter date: 1980The dialogue/narrator felt more female than male. I can not figure out if that's because "back then" there were more movie buffs than there are now, and people were more fashion-conscious. It was a nice escape to a less technology-laden world. It felt somewhat over the top on plotting, but again it was an escape.


    29. Estleman understands that Detroit is a city of decay. His prose is the bittersweet loss of a city that was. If you have ever spent any time in and around Detroit (The real Gotham City) you will feel the melancholy on each page. The city is dying although it doesn't know it yet.However, there is fun to be had in the sharp dialog and the eye of someone who truly knows his way around the town.


    30. Why did it take me so long to find this author?!?Great characters in a well crafted plot and locale. I was born and raised in Detroit suburbs and Mr. Estleman captures the location and atmosphere of Detroit in a superb even nuanced way. Look forward to reading many more of his novels.


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