Loren D. Estleman

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Loren D. Estleman
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Loren D. Estleman
Born (1952-09-15) September 15, 1952 (age 61)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Occupation Novelist

Loren D. Estleman (born September 15, 1952 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is an American writer of detective and Western fiction.

Life and work[edit]

Estleman graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1974 with a BA in English and journalism. In 2002, Eastern Michigan University presented him with an honorary doctorate in humane letters. He married the mystery writer Deborah Morgan in 1993. He writes with a manual typewriter.[1]

He is most famous for his novels about P.I. Amos Walker; other series center on 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), and a more recent series about Valentino, who tracks down lost films, and crimes related to them. 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, as well as contributions to several books on how to write and sell stories and novels. Estleman's literary works have been recognized and highlighted by Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

Amos Walker books[edit]

  • Motor City Blue (1980)
  • Angel Eyes (1981)
  • The Midnight Man (1982)
  • The Glass Highway (1983)
  • Sugartown (1985)
  • Every Brilliant Eye (1986)
  • Lady Yesterday (1987)
  • Downriver (1988)
  • General Murders (1988; short stories)
  • Silent Thunder (1989)
  • Sweet Women Lie (1990)
  • Never Street (1997)
  • The Witch Finder (1998)
  • The Hours of the Virgin (1999)
  • A Smile on the Face of the Tiger (2000)
  • Sinister Heights (2002)
  • Poison Blonde (2003)
  • Retro (2004)
  • Nicotine Kiss (2006)
  • American Detective (2007)
  • The Left-handed Dollar (2010)
  • Amos Walker: The Complete Story Collection (2010; short stories)
  • Infernal Angels (2011)
  • Burning Midnight (2012)
  • Don't Look for Me (2014)

Other books[edit]

Western novels[edit]

see also under Contributions to collections, below

  • The Hider (1978)
  • Aces and Eights (1981)
  • The Wolfer (1981)
  • Mister St. John (1983)
  • This Old Bill (1984)
  • Gun Man (1985)
  • Bloody Season (1987)
  • The Best Western Stories of Loren D. Estleman (1989; selected by Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • Sudden Country (1991)
  • Billy Gashade: An American Epic (1997)
  • Journey of the Dead (1998)
  • The adventures of Johnny Vermillion (2006)
  • Roy & Lillie: A Love Story (2010)
  • Ragtime Cowboys (2014)
Page Murdock[edit]
  • The High Rocks (1979)
  • Stamping Ground (1980)
  • Murdock's Law (1982)
  • The Stranglers (1984)
  • City of Widows (1995)
  • White Desert (2000)
  • The book of Murdock (2010)

Sherlock Holmes[edit]

see also under Contributions to collections, below

Peter Macklin[edit]

  • Kill Zone (1984)
  • Roses Are Dead (1985)
  • Any Man's Death (1986)
  • Something Borrowed, Something Black (2002)
  • Little Black Dress (2005)

The Detroit novels[edit]

The Detroit series sets out "to tell the story of America in the twentieth century through the microcosm of Detroit, the one city whose history mirrors precisely the history of the United States of America".[3]

  • Whiskey River (1990)
  • Motown (1991)
  • King of the Corner (1992)
  • Edsel (1995)
  • Stress (1996)
  • Jitterbug (1998)
  • Thunder City (1999)

Given its historical fiction nature, the series is often given "in order of chronology rather than date of publication: Thunder City (1900--10); Whiskey River (1928--1939); Jitterbug (1943); Edsel (1951--1959); Motown (1966); Stress (1973); and King of the Corner (1990)".[3]

Valentino, film detective[edit]

  • Frames: A Valentino Mystery (2008)
  • Alone: A Valentino Mystery (2009)
  • Valentino: Film Detective (2011; short stories)
  • Alive! (2013)

Other[edit]

  • The Oklahoma Punk (1976; AKA Red Highway)
  • Peeper (1989; Ralph Poteet)
  • People Who Kill (1993; short stories)
  • The Rocky Mountain Moving Picture Association (1999; historical)
  • The Master Executioner (2001)
  • Gas City (2008)
  • The Branch and the Scaffold: A Novel of Judge Parker (2009)
  • The Confessions of Al Capone (2013)

Contributions to collections[edit]

Estleman's short stories have additionally been collected in a variety of anthologies, including both western and crime collections:

  • "Bloody July" in The New Black Mask Quarterly, number 1 (1985, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli & Richard Layman)
  • "I'm in the book" in Mean Streets: volume 2: The Second Private Eye Writers of America Anthology (1986, edited by Robert J. Randisi)
  • "The Used" in The Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction (1987, edited by Edward Gorman)
  • in Homicidal Acts #4 (1988, edited by Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • "Gun Music" in Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: A Centennial Celebration (1988, edited by Byron Preiss)
  • "Mago's Bride" in Westeryear: Stories About the West, Past and Present (1988, edited by Edward Gorman)
  • "Dead Soldier" in City Sleuths and Tough Guys (1989, edited by David Willis McCullough)
  • "Hell on the Draw" in The New Frontier: The Best of Today's Western Fiction (1989, edited by Joe R. Lansdale)
    • "Hell on the Draw" also appeared in The Western Hall of Fame Anthology (1997, edited by Dale L. Walker) and A Century of Great Western Stories (2000, edited by John Jakes)
  • "The Death of Dutch Creel" in Christmas out West (1990, edited by Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • "The Crooked Way" in P.I. Files (1990, edited by Estleman and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • "I, Monster" in The Ultimate Frankenstein (1991, edited by Byron Preiss)
  • "Slipstream" in Deadly Allies II: Private Eye Writers of America and Sisters in Crime Collaborative Anthology (1994, edited by Robert J. Randisi and Susan Dunlap)
  • "The Hack" in Deals with the Devil (1994, edited by Mike Resnick, Martin H. Greenberg, and Estleman)
  • "The Bandit" in Great Stories of the American West (1994, edited by Martin H. Greenberg)
  • "Iron Heart's Story" in New Trails: Twenty-Three Original Stories of the West from Western Writers of America (1994, edited by John Jakes and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • "Gun Man" in Frontier Legends (1995)
  • "Greektown" in A Century of Mystery, 1980-1989: The Greatest Stories of the Decade (1996, edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini)
  • "Robbers' roost" in First Cases: First Appearances of Classic Private Eyes (1996, edited by Robert J. Randisi)
  • "The Adventure of the Three Ghosts" in Holmes for the Holidays (1996, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Carol-Lynn Waugh)
  • "Web of Books" in Senior Sleuths (1996, edited by Cynthia Manson and Constance Scarborough)
  • "The Alchemist" in The Best of the American West: Outstanding Frontier Fiction (1998, edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • "Redneck" in The Best American Mystery Stories, 1999 (1999, edited by Ed McBain)
  • "The Pilgrim" in The Best of the American West II: Frontier Adventure (1999, edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • "Dr. and Mrs. Watson at Home" in The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Original Stories (1999, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Carol-Lynn Rössel Waugh)
  • "Tree on Execution Hill" in Opening Shots: Great Mystery and Crime Writers Share Their First Published Stories (2000, edited by Lawrence Block)
  • "Cat King of Cochise County" in Tales of the American West: The Best of Spur Award-Winning Authors (2000, edited by Richard S. Wheeler)
  • "The Man in the White Hat" in The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories: First Annual Collection (2000, edited by Ed Gorman)
  • "Thirteen Coils" in American West: Twenty New Stories from the Western Writers of America (2001, edited by Estleman)
  • "South Georgia Crossing" in The Blue and the Gray Undercover: All New Civil War Spy Adventures (2001, edited by Ed Gorman)
  • "The Adventure of the Arabian Knight" in Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2001, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower)
  • "Used" in A century of Noir: Thirty-Two Classic Crime Stories (2002, edited by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins)
  • "Evil Grows" in Mystery: The Best of 2001 (2002, edited by Jon L. Breen)
  • "Lady on Ice" in A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime (2003, edited by Jeffery Deaver)
    • "Lady on Ice" also appears in The Shamus Winners: America's Best Private Eye Stories. Volume II, 1996-2009 (2010, collected and introduced by Robert J. Randisi)
  • "Riddle of the Golden Monkeys" in Murder, My Dear Watson: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2003, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower)
  • "Hangman's choice" in Stagecoach (2003, edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • "Bog" in Wild Crimes: Stories of Mystery in the Wild (2004, edited by Dana Stabenow)
  • "The Devil and Sherlock Holmes" in Ghosts in Baker Street (2006, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower)
  • "Kill the Cat" in Detroit Noir (2007, edited by E.J. Olsen & John C. Hocking)
  • "Mark and Bill" in Lost Trails (2007, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis)
  • "Smart Aleck" in At the Scene of the Crime: Forensic Mysteries from Today's Best Writers (2008, edited by Dana Stabenow)
  • "The Profane Angel" in A Prisoner of Memory: And 24 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories (2008, edited by Ed Gorman & Martin H. Greenberg)
  • "Adventure of the Coughing Dentist" in Sherlock Holmes in America (2009, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Daniel Stashower)
  • "Long High Noon" in Law of the Gun (2010, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis)
  • "Curve" in More Stories from the Twilight Zone (2010, edited by Carol Serling)
  • "Sometimes a Hyena" in The Best American Mystery Stories: 2011 (2011, edited by Harlan Coben)
  • "The List" in The Interrogator: And Other Criminally Good Fiction (2012, edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg)

Non-fiction[edit]

  • "Method for Murder" in Writing Mystery and Crime Fiction (1985, edited by Sylvia K. Burack)
  • Introduction to Bantam's two-volume Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories (1986)
  • Introduction to Bantam Crimeline's reprint of Rex Stout's Fer-de-Lance, ISBN 0-553-27819-3 (1992)
  • "Owen Wister" in Nineteenth-century American Western Writers (1997, Dictionary of Literary Biography v. 186, edited by Robert L. Gale)
  • "And the Murderer Is ..." in Writing the Private Eye Novel: A Handbook by the Private Eye Writers of America (1997)
  • "Twilight for High Noon: Today's Western" in The Writer's Handbook (1999, edited by Sylvia K. Burack)
  • "Perspectives on Point of View" in Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America (2002, edited by Sue Grafton with Jan Burke and Barry Zeman)
  • Introduction to Lee Silva's Wyatt Earp: A Biography of the Legend (2002)
  • Writing the Popular Novel: A Comprehensive Guide to Crafting Fiction that Sells (2004)
  • Amos Walker's Detroit (2007; photographs by Monte Nagler)
  • Introduction to Jory Sherman's Shadows of Yesteryear: Western Short Stories (2010)

Awards[edit]

Wins[edit]

  • 1985 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Novel, Sugartown[4]
  • 1986 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "Eight Mile and Dequindre"[4]
  • 1989 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "The Crooked Way"[4]
  • 2004 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "Lady on Ice"[4]

Nominations[edit]

  • 1983 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "Dead Soldier"[4]
  • 1984 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Novel, The Glass Highway[4]
  • 1984 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "Greektown"[4]
  • 1986 Anthony award, Best Short Story, "Eight Mile and Dequindre"[5]
  • 1987 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "I'm in the Book"[4]
  • 1988 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Novel, Lady Yesterday[4]
  • 1988 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "Bodyguards Shoot Second"[4]
  • 1991 Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, Whiskey River[6]
  • 1991 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "Cigarette Stop"[4]
  • 1992 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "The Man Who Loved Noir"[4]
  • 1993 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "Safe House"[4]
  • 1995 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "Slipstream"[4]
  • 2001 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Novel, A Smile on the Face of the Tiger[4]
  • 2007 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "Square One"[4]
  • 2008 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "Kill the Cat"[4]
  • 2008 Shamus Award, Best Private Eye Short Story, "Trust Me"[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Authors and Creator: Loren D. Estleman". Thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Michigan Writers Series". Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  3. ^ a b Afterword by author in Thunder City
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "The Private Eye Writers of America and The Shamus Awards". Thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon.info. October 2, 2003. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Best Mystery Novel Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Mysterynet.com. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 

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