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October 30, 2011

Book Review - Infernal Angels by Loren D. Estelman

Sometimes you make sacrifices in a marriage. Say there's somewhere she really wants to go but that you don't really want to? Within reason, you go with her anyway (unless you can convince her to take one of her friends).

Do you have access to free books from a review site, knowing that you have to review them if you pick them? Doesn't matter. If a book comes up on the list from an author that she really likes, you ask for it. Even if it's something that you don't normally like to read.

Ok, I exaggerate, just a little. My wife would be upset if she knew that I asked for something that I didn't think I would enjoy, just so I could get a free book for her. But there have been times where there has been a book that's come up, and I've been interested in trying the series anyway, and so I get it.

Sometimes you get lucky.

That's the long-way round of saying that Loren D. Estelman is one of those authors, and I've now read two of his books. I really enjoyed The Left-Handed Dollar, enough that I knew I would get the next book if it came up on the list.

And so it has.

Infernal Angels is the next Amos Walker book written by Estelman, and while it's not quite as good as the previous book, it's well-worth a read. I love the noir aspects of the novel, even though it's based in the modern days. It's typical gumshoe detective fare, but Estelman's prose and dialogue is what makes it excellent.

My review has posted on Curled Up With a Good Book.
It all starts with a late-night quest for coffee. Walker's out of it and goes to the local Walgreens for some more. A cop friend who's staking out the store gives him a tip on some stolen cable converter boxes, which seems like a quick and easy way for Walker to bring in some money. Little does he know that said boxes will soon involve him with the seedier side of Detroit as well as become a national security issue. It also brings in some old friends. The next time Walker runs out of coffee, he may just go back to bed.
I love Walker as a character, and if I ever catch up on my backlog of books, I'll start plowing through my wife's copies of Estelman's previous books. This is a wonderful series, and Infernal Angels is a great book.


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