creative:impact - Perfectly Prolific, Loren Estleman Is A Pro Of Prose

Mar 16, 2021

Loren Estleman
Credit Deborah Morgan

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of more than 90 novels Loren Estleman is a master of mysteries, histories, and series.  He has written almost every word on a manual typewriter in Washtenaw County, where he has lived since birth.  Our local literary legend joins Deb Polich and David Fair for this "creative:impact."  Listen here.


Deb Polich, President and CEO of The Arts Alliance

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.

ESTLEMAN BIO:

Since the appearance of his first novel in 1976, Loren D. Estleman has written around 80 books and hundreds of short stories and articles.  His latest, The Eagle and the Viper, a novel of historical suspense, begins with the Christmas Eve attempt to assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte.

An authority on both criminal history and the American West, Estleman has been called the most critically acclaimed author of his generation.  He has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award.  He has received 22 national writing awards in both the mystery and western genres.

In 1987, the Michigan Foundation of the Arts presented him with its award for literature.  In 1997, the Michigan Library Association named him the recipient of the Michigan Author's Award.  In 2016, the Arts Alliance presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

BOOKS BY LOREN ESTLEMAN:

The Valentino Novels

INDIGO (July 2020, Forge Books)
BRAZEN (December 2016, Forge Books)
SHOOT (February 2016, Forge Books)
ALIVE (April 2013, Forge Books)
ALONE (December 2009, Forge Books)
FRAMES (April 2008, Forge Books)

When Old Midnight Comes Along by Loren Estleman
Credit Loren Estleman

The Amos Walker Novels

WHEN OLD MIDNIGHT COMES ALONG (Dec 2019)
BLACK AND WHITE BALL* (Mar 2018)
THE LIONESS IS THE HUNTER (Dec 2017, Forge Books)
THE SUNDOWN SPEECH (Nov 2015, Forge Books)
YOU KNOW WHO KILLED ME (Dec 2014, Forge Books)
DON'T LOOK FOR ME (March 2014, Forge Books)
BURNING MIDNIGHT (June 2012, Forge Books)
INFERNAL ANGELS (July 2011, Forge Books)
THE LEFT-HANDED DOLLAR (Dec 2010, Forge Books)
AMERICAN DETECTIVE (April 2007, Forge Books)
NICOTINE KISS
RETRO
POISON BLONDE
SINISTER HEIGHTS
A SMILE ON THE FACE OF THE TIGER
THE HOURS OF THE VIRGIN
THE WITCHFINDER
NEVER STREET
SWEET WOMEN LIE
SILENT THUNDER
DOWNRIVER
LADY YESTERDAY
EVERY BRILLIANT EYE
SUGARTOWN
THE GLASS HIGHWAY
THE MIDNIGHT MAN
ANGEL EYES
MOTOR CITY BLUE
Also…
AMOS WALKER'S DETROIT
  (Autumn 2007, Wayne State University Press)
  Text by Loren Estleman; Photos by Monte Nagler
  Coffee table book featuring photos of Detroit-area locations
   with descriptions from throughout the Amos Walker series.

Motown by Loren Estleman
Credit Loren Estleman

The Detroit Novels

THUNDER CITY
JITTERBUG
STRESS
EDSEL
KING OF THE CORNER
MOTOWN
WHISKEY RIVER

The Peter Macklin Novels

BLACK AND WHITE BALL*, (March 2018)
LITTLE BLACK DRESS
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLACK
ANY MAN'S DEATH
ROSES ARE DEAD
KILL ZONE

The Eagle and the Viper by Loren Estleman
Credit Loren Estleman

Other Crime Novels

THE EAGLE AND THE VIPER (March 2021)
THE CONFESSIONS OF AL CAPONE (June 2013)
GAS CITY (January 2008)
PEEPER
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HOLMES
SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. DRACULA
THE OKLAHOMA PUNK (NOW TITLED RED HIGHWAY)

The Page Murdock Novels

WILD JUSTICE (November 2018)
CAPE HELL
THE BOOK OF MURDOCK
PORT HAZARD
WHITE DESERT
CITY OF WIDOWS
THE STRANGLERS
MURDOCK'S LAW
STAMPING GROUND
THE HIGH ROCKS

Other Historical Western Novels

The Confessions of Al Capone by Loren Estleman
Credit Loren Estleman

THE BALLAD OF BLACK BART
THE LONG HIGH NOON
RAGTIME COWBOYS
ROY & LILLIE: A LOVE STORY

THE BRANCH AND THE SCAFFOLD
THE ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY VERMILLION
THE UNDERTAKER'S WIFE
BLACK POWDER, WHITE SMOKE
THE MASTER EXECUTIONER
THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOVING PICTURE ASSOCIATION
JOURNEY OF THE DEAD
BILLY GASHADE
BLOODY SEASON
SUDDEN COUNTRY
GUN MAN
THIS OLD BILL
MISTER ST. JOHN
THE WOLFER
ACES & EIGHTS
THE HIDER

Nonfiction

THE WISTER TRACE, ASSAYING CLASSIC WESTERN FICTION
      ~ SECOND EDITION ~ (University of Oklahoma Press)
WRITING THE POPULAR NOVEL (Writer's Digest Books, 2004)
THE WISTER TRACE: CLASSIC NOVELS OF THE AMERICAN FRONTIER

Short Story Collections

DESPERATE DETROIT (April 2016)
DETROIT IS OUR BEAT (May 2015)
THE PERILS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (October 2012)
VALENTINO: FILM DETECTIVE (Fall 2011)
AMOS WALKER: THE COMPLETE STORY COLLECTION (Sep 2010)
GENERAL MURDERS
THE BEST WESTERN STORIES OF LOREN D. ESTLEMAN
PEOPLE WHO KILL

RESOURCES:

Loren Estleman Official Site

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