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Loren D. Estleman is a noteworthy author of the mystery, thriller and western genres. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States and has written a number of successful novel series’ in his writing career. He was born on September 15, 1952 in Michigan. In all, he has written a total of 6 different mystery novel series’ and most of them have been widely popular because of unique character descriptions and plot development by author Estleman. He began his writing career in the year 1976 when he wrote his first novel. Since then, he went on to write around 70 books and more than hundreds of articles and short stories. Based on the success of his career as an author of the mystery and thriller genre Estleman has received a lot of proposals for writing future novels in the historical western genre as well as some mysteries. Estleman works simultaneously on the novels of different series as well as the stand-alone novels. He has been able to develop a huge fan base all over the United States as well as in Europe.
Estleman has acquired a loyal and cult readership in both the continents and has received fan letters from famous personalities such as John D. MacDonald and Steve Forbes. The novels written by him have been translated into more than 23 foreign languages and have been distributed all over the world. He has been referred to as the most acclaimed author in this generation because of his specialization in writing novels based on both the American West and the criminal history. He has great command over his writing skills and gives interesting characterizations to the characters of the novels. Estleman’s success can be seen from the fact that he has been nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America and the National Book Award. Apart from the nominations he has also received a number of writing awards, which include 20 national awards, 4 Shamus Awards, 5 Spurs Awards, the lifetime achievement Owen Wister Award, 2 American Mystery Award and a Barry Award from the various writing associations of America.
Apart from these, Estleman also received the literature award from the Michigan Foundation of Arts in the year 1987. This was followed by several other prestigious awards in the succeeding years. Estleman was made the Guest of Honor in the year 1993 at a mystery convention in Texas. Estleman has also been the Guest of Honor of various other associations of America over the entire period of his writing career. Other than writing mystery novels, Loren D. Estleman has also served as the judge for many honors of literature. He has also written many book reviews as a column writer in many newspapers. Some of them include The Washington Post and The New York Times. In the year 1988, Estleman attended the filming of a television show named Lonesome Dove. Estleman says that he has worked very hard throughout his career to reach the current high point of his career. He began his writing stint in the upstairs of his Michigan farmhouse, where he grew up. He used to enjoy watching the western series Gunsmoke and Maverick by curling in his sofa and having a mug of hot chocolate in his hand.
Estleman sent his first short story for publication at the age of fifteen years. However, he faced many rejections in the initial days of his writing career. He says that he had received around 160 rejections in the first 8 years of his career. He used to commute to the University of Eastern Michigan during his college days in order to cut the travel expenses as his father was disabled and his mother used to work in order to provide livelihood to the family. Estleman does not consider himself as a fast writer, but a consistent one. He says that he spends around 6 hours a day on an average on his typewriter for writing his novels. Estleman used to make use of cheap typing paper as he used to make a lot of changes in his writings and used to contribute to the wastebasket a lot. Author Estleman received a lot inspiration from the works of the noteworthy authors of his time, including Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, Edith Wharton, Jack London, and Raymond Chandler. These were also his favorite writers and he wanted to become a successful writer like one of these. Other than being a writer, Estleman was also a speaker and a veteran journalist for the police-beat news. He graduated from the University of Eastern Michigan in the year 1974 and earned his Bachelor degree in Journalism and English Literature. He was awarded with an honorary doctorate by the EMU in the year 2002. Estleman left all the odd jobs that he used to do in order to become a full time writer in the year 1980.
One of the novel series written by Loren D. Estleman is the Amos Walker series, which consists of a total of 25 novels published between the years 1980 and 2015. The series features Amos Walker as the main protagonist, who works as a private investigator in Detroit. The first novel of the series was called ‘Motor City Blue’ and was published by the Fawcett Books in the year 1980. The plot of the novel is set in Michigan. In the opening sequence of the series, Amos Walker gets hired by a man named Ben Morningstar, who is an ex-gangster for finding his missing ward named Marla. The only clue that Amos Walker has, is the black and white glossy that is found in a only a few bookstores. During the investigation of the missing case of Marla, Amos also witnesses the kidnapping of one of his old Vietnam friends and solves the murder case of a young leader of black labors.
The second novel of the Amos Walker series was published by the Houghton Mifflin publishing house in the year 1981. The novel was titled ‘Angel Eyes’ and continued to feature the main character named Amos Walker as a private investigator. The plot of the second novel opens with the introduction of a character named Ann Maringer, a dancer by profession whose life seems to be in danger. Her last hope is private investigator Amos Walker, who is hot-tempered with a caustic wit and extraordinary talent of solving crimes. Amos tends to stick to his clients like a nuclear fallout, as believed by his former clients.
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