"Wild joy ride around Detroit"
Rayellen Stutch, beautiful widow of deceased Michigan
industrial millionaire Leland, hires Amos Walker to find
the illegitimate child of her late husband. Though years
ago Leland had a paternity case thrown out of court, he
quietly paid child support until the child turned
eighteen. Rayellen fears DNA testing would prove the
offspring is Leland's and erode her estate much more than a
benevolent gift of a million or so would.
Amos figures the case is an easy one. He immediately
proves himself right when he finds Leland's daughter Carla
Witowski. That leads him to Carla's daughter Constance
Glendowning and her grandson Matthew at a battered woman's
shelter run by Amos' former girlfriend Iris. However, the
case takes a strange spin when a Dodge rams Amos' car.
Iris is decapitated, Constance lands in a coma, and Amos is
left unconscious, while Matthew is abducted. When Walker
recovers he revises his assignment as he has some butt to
kick while trying to rescue Matthew.
The latest Amos Walker case is a wild joy ride around
Detroit as the hero accepts a simple case that leads him to
one confrontation after another. Amos retains his hard-
boiled with a mouthy retort to anyone persona as expected
by fans of this "dance instructor". However, Amos and his
renowned propensity for ending up in violent situations
overwhelm the investigation. SINISTER HEIGHTS is for fans
of the series who know what to expect from Loren D.
Estleman and get that and two or three rounds more of
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 29, 2002