The Lioness Is the Hunter

The Lioness Is the Hunter

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Detroit entrepreneur Carl Fannon hires P.I. Amos Walker to trace Emil Haas, his partner, whose sudden disappearance has jeopardized their firm's plans to purchase the historic Sentinel Building. Almost immediately, the missing man shows up and asks the detective to meet him in the empty Sentinel to discuss a top-secret concern. Walker complies, only to find not Haas, but Fannon's suffocated corpse locked in a basement vault. When Gwendolyn Haas, the partner's adult daughter, enters the picture, the client number rises to three, including one missing and one murdered. But the worst is yet to come: Emil Haas's "concern" is that Fannon's been buying up depressed real estate on behalf of Charlotte Sing, the international fugitive Walker knows only too well as Madam Sing. Madam Sing is believed to have been executed in Asia for capital crimes without number, but instead may be engaged in rebuilding her fortune to relaunch her assault on civilization.
Publisher: New York :, Forge,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765388452
Branch Call Number: MYS F EST
Characteristics: 240 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 05, 2017

Author Loren D. Estleman still has the gift of the gab. The dialog between his characters is great. For his criminal mastermind, Charlotte Sing, I wonder if Loren D. Estleman was influenced by the Sax Rohmer novel, Daughter of Fu Manchu, which was published in 1931. IMHO, I would rate "The Lioness Is The Hunter" at 4.0 stars.

Apr 17, 2017

The character of Amos Walker has been among the back-bone of the hard boiled detectives of modern fiction. But, this most recent episode by Estleman is both thin on pages and dramatic content. It's the third time he has been thwarted by the same recurring evil-doer character and one wonders if "The Lioness is the Hunter" served to satisfy the demands of his publishing contract. One star. I will be reading the reviews for any further instalments before allotting more reading time.

Apr 06, 2017

Maybe it’s inevitable that even the best mystery franchises can eventually lose their vigor.

John Harvey, Henning Mankell, and Graham Hurley all found ways to retire their weary heroes before that happened. It’s looking like Loren Estleman should have done the same for Amos Walker a few books ago.

Estleman has been one of the best stylists in the genre, with Walker’s wisecracking narrative as icing on the cake of solid plotting and action. This unlikely story seems to have been pasted together solely to provide a rickety stage for what on its own is a tired vaudeville routine. When I realized that the melodramatic “Moriarty” character of Madame Sing was being dusted off, this became the first of the series I didn’t bother finishing.

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