Amos Walker is like a lot of PIs in fiction; he's a loner and has pals in the police department and at the city newspapers. Unlike most PIs his character is based in Detroit, the only other author I know of who uses Detroit is Elmore Leonard - good company.
This first story revolves around a serial killer; Walker's client thinks it's his own half brother and wants him to find his brother before the police do.
Walker then has to walk a fine line around the police, never letting on that he's in fact on the case representing the suspect.
The police get their man and Walker discovers the reasons behind it all.
First published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, August 1983.
|Loren D. Estleman|