The Lioness Is The Hunter (Tor/Forge) is Loren Estleman’s latest novel, the 26th one in his Amos Walker Mystery series of novels, and it is one of the best ones yet, despite a title that is, in a way, a “spoiler alert.” It is an excellent title, though, that captures both what more often than not happens in nature, and also what sometimes is echoed in our so-called modern and civilized world, when it comes to female humans who commit murders and other crimes. Intrigued, yet? Fans of Estleman’s genre-crossing and genre-expanding novels should be. One lucky reader will get the chance to win a hardback copy of The Lioness Is The Hunter, to experience the joy of this short novel for him or herself, and enter into the world and perspective of present-day hard-boiled detective Amos Walker, a man with a colorful turn-of phrase for every occasion, just like Estleman, himself.
As The Lioness Is The Hunter opens, Detroit’s coolest noir private investigator is coming off of a stretch of time when the cases he has been hired to solve, and his cash flow, have steadily declined. Yet, he finds himself being offered three new cases rolled up into one, when he travels to the office of wealthy businessman, Carl Fannon. Shortly afterwards, Fannon pays back the visit by going to Walker’s office and hiring him to track down the whereabouts of his missing business partner, Emil Haas. Haas has chosen a most inopportune time to go missing, right as a deal appears to be on the verge of happening in the sale of the historic Sentinel Building.
Then, after Fannon leaves, out of the blue, Haas turns up, in the flesh, at Walker’s office, with the intent of also hiring the PI, offering him $1,500 to pay for twelve hours’ worth of his silence. It seems like Walker’s dry streak has abruptly ended, with two clients requesting his services in one day. Haas asks Walker to meet him later that night, in the abandonded Sentinel Building, its days of glory gone, fallen into a state of urban decay.
When Walker goes to the historic building that night, and lets himself in, he does not meet with Haas, but instead, encounters Fannon once again, dead inside a vault with no apparent clues in sight as to who murdered him. Walker closes the vault door behind himself as he leaves, not wanting to further disturb the sleep of the dead, nor give the police any clues that he had been in the vault with Fannon.
The third person who becomes Walker’s client is Gwendolyn Haas, the daughter of Emil. She wants Walker to find her father, who she says she has not seen in a month. Walker agrees to pass along any information he learns about her father in the course of his investigation. Though Walker is not a rich man, when Gwendolyn reaches into her bag to give Walker a retainer, he tells her, “No charge.” He does not receive payment fromher, but still considers her to be his third client in the ever-deepening mysteries of who killed Fannon and why, and Haas’ disappearance.
In The Lioness Is The Hunter, by Lauren Estleman, Walker also encounters a nemesis from his past, who he had thought was long dead and gone. Madam Sing, from China, has seemingly returned from the dead, after her execution. DNA evidence seemed to prove she was dead, but she resurfaces to further complicate Walker’s life in this amazing new addition to Estleman’s Amos Walker Mystery series.
Contest Giveaway Rules – The Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada only. CDA News will select one lucky winner, who will receive one hardback copy of The Lioness Is The Hunter by Loren D. Estleman.
Winning a copy of the book is easy! Just leave a non-spam comment below, letting CDA News know why you think you should be selected as a winner, along with the name of the U.S. state or Canadian province in which you live. The Giveaway will run from May 6, 2017 until midnight on May 20, 2017. CDA News will select and notify the lucky winner via email by May 21, 2017.
The winner must provide his/her full mailing address to CDA News within five (5) days, by May 26, 2017 or another winner will be chosen. All personal information will be kept confidential. CDA News does not sell or otherwise distribute any information given by those who visit their website. However, please be advised that CDA News must pass on the names and addresses of the winners to the book publisher, Tor/Forge, as they will mail the free copy of The Lioness Is The Hunter to the lucky winner, directly. CDA News staff and writers are not eligible to
participate in this contest giveaway.
Written By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Tor/Forge