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Loren D Estleman


USA flag (b.1952)

Loren D. Estleman graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Journalism. In 2002, his alma mater presented him with an honorary doctorate in letters. He left the job market in 1980 to write full time, after a few years spent "pounding out beat-the-train journalism" during his day job as a reporter before going home and writing fiction at night.

His first novel was published in 1976, and has been followed by more than 70 books and hundreds of short stories and articles. His series include novels about Detroit detective Amos Walker, professional killer Peter Macklin, L.A. film detective and amateur sleuth Valentino, and the Detroit crime series. On the western side is the U.S. Deputy Marshal Page Murdock series. Additionally, he's written dozens of stand-alone novels.

His books have been translated into 27 languages and have won multiple Shamus, Spur, Western Heritage, and Stirrup awards. He has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. In 2012, the Western Writers of America honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

He lives in Michigan and is married to writer Deborah Morgan.
 

Genres: Mystery, Western, Historical Mystery, Horror
 
New and upcoming books
November 2023

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Vamp
(Valentino Mysteries, book 7)
June 2024

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Iron Star
 
Series
Page Murdock
   1. The High Rocks (1979)
   2. Stamping Ground (1980)
   3. Murdock's Law (1982)
   4. The Stranglers (1984)
   5. City of Widows (1994)
   6. White Desert (2000)
   7. Port Hazard (2004)
   8. The Book of Murdock (2010)
   9. Cape Hell (2016)
   10. Wild Justice (2018)
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Amos Walker
   1. Motor City Blue (1980)
   2. Angel Eyes (1981)
   3. The Midnight Man (1982)
   4. The Glass Highway (1983)
   5. Sugartown (1984)
   6. Every Brilliant Eye (1986)
   7. Lady Yesterday (1987)
   8. Downriver (1988)
   General Murders (1988)
   9. Silent Thunder (1988)
   10. Sweet Women Lie (1990)
   11. Never Street (1997)
   12. The Witchfinder (1998)
   13. The Hours of the Virgin (1999)
   14. A Smile on the Face of the Tiger (2000)
   15. Sinister Heights (2002)
   16. Poison Blonde (2002)
   17. Retro (2004)
   18. Nicotine Kiss (2006)
   19. American Detective (2007)
   Amos Walker: The Complete Story Collection (2010)
   20. The Left-handed Dollar (2010)
   21. Infernal Angels (2011)
   22. Burning Midnight (2012)
   23. Don't Look For Me (2014)
   24. You Know Who Killed Me (2014)
   25. The Sundown Speech (2015)
   Five Stories from General Murders (2016)
   26. The Lioness Is the Hunter (2017)
   27. Black and White Ball (2018)
   28. When Old Midnight Comes Along (2019)
   29. Cutthroat Dogs (2022)
   Amos Walker: A Mysterious Profile (2022)
   30. Monkey in the Middle (2022)
   31. City Walls (2023)
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Peter Macklin
   1. Kill Zone (1984)
   2. Roses Are Dead (1985)
   3. Any Man's Death (1986)
   4. Something Borrowed, Something Black (2002)
   5. Little Black Dress (2005)
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Detroit
   1. Whiskey River (1990)
   2. Motown (1991)
   3. King of the Corner (1992)
   4. Edsel (1995)
   5. Stress (1996)
   6. Jitterbug (1998)
   7. Thunder City (1999)
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Valentino Mysteries
   1. Frames (2008)
   2. Alone (2009)
   3. Alive! (2013)
   4. Shoot (2016)
   5. Brazen (2016)
   6. Indigo (2020)
   7. Vamp (2023)
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Novels
   Red Highway (1976)
     aka The Oklahoma Punk
   The Hider (1978)
   Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes (1979)
   Aces and Eights (1981)
   The Wolfer (1981)
   Mister St. John (1983)
   Spytrap (1984)
   This Old Bill (1984)
   Gun Man (1985)
   Bloody Season (1987)
   Peeper (1989)
   The Black Moon (1989) (with others)
   Sudden Country (1991)
   The Crooked Way (1993)
   Billy Gashade (1997)
   Journey of the Dead (1998)
   The Rocky Mountain Moving Picture Association (1999)
   The Master Executioner (2001)
   Black Powder, White Smoke (2002)
   The Undertaker's Wife (2005)
   The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion (2006)
   Gas City (2008)
   The Branch and the Scaffold (2008)
   Roy & Lillie (2010)
   The Confessions of Al Capone (2013)
   Ragtime Cowboys (2014)
   The Long High Noon (2015)
   The Ballad of Black Bart (2017)
   The Eagle and the Viper (2021)
   Paperback Jack (2022)
   Iron Star (2024)
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Collections
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Anthologies edited
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Loren D Estleman recommends
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Tom and Huck's Deathly River (2020)
(Adventures in Time - 1849, book 3)
Tim Champlin
"Champlin's ear for style and the cadence of days gone is pitch-perfect."
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Angel Falls (2017)
(Josey Angel, book 2)
Derek Catron
"Derek Catron's Trail Angel is a solid debut. ... The history is strong, the characters sharply drawn, and the narrative moves along like a locomotive. ... We're lucky to be able to look forward to more from this author."
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The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions (2017)
(Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu, book 1)
Lois H Gresh
"The name Lois Gresh is as much advertising as her work needs. However, it is my privilege to recommend her latest tour-de-force. Just how the literary establishment missed engineering a dream collaboration between H.P Lovecraft and Arthur Conan Doyle before now is a mystery; but if it was waiting for Lois Gresh to do the thing justice, this one is all the justification necessary."

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Anthologies containing stories by Loren D Estleman
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The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe (2020)
Parodies and Pastiches Featuring the Great Detective of West 35th Street
edited by
Josh Pachter
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Hobnail and Other Frontier Stories (2019)
edited by
Hazel Rumney

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