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The Hours of the Virgin (The Amos Walker Series #14)

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A book by Loren D. Estleman

Amos Walker, Detroit PI, revisits the past in the 13th entry in an estimable hard-boiled series (The Witchfinder, etc.). In the echoing, nearly empty galleries of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Walker agrees to accompany a curator on a private mission … see full wiki

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Author: Loren D. Estleman
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
1 review about The Hours of the Virgin (The Amos Walker...

Estleman's one of crime fiction's best writers

  • Sep 2, 2000
One wonders what the city fathers of Detroit think about Loren D. Estleman. His vision of the city, as seen through the jaundiced eye of Amos Walker, private investigator, is nearly uniformly morose, a city on the greased skids to palookaville, a one-hit wonder whose 15 minutes has been over for an hour and a half.

But like the city, the Motor City investigator keeps on trucking in the 13th novel of this highly praised series. Walker agrees to help a curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts to help recover a recently stolen medieval illuminated manuscript. But the meeting at a rundown porn theater is interrupted when Walker is distractedby a young woman, then shot at. When the smoke clears, the woman, the manuscript and the curator have all disappeared.

While tracking down the leads, Walker is also following a trail into his past. Twenty years ago, Dale Leopard, his boss and mentor, was found dead while on a case, and Earl North, the man who beat the charge, has reappeared, seeking the manuscript. Is there a connection between the murder and the Hours? Did North really kill Leopard?

Estleman writes like an aria; his prose sings with metaphors and observations that strike just the right note. He's been around long enough so that comparing him to Dashielle Hammett and Raymond Chandler isn't an original thought, but it's true and it'll have to do. He gives Detroit its unique identity of a crumbling and crooked but proud city trying to find itself.

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