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  • Roger has decided to follow in his father's footsteps and finds himself in deeper than his experience and abilities can hand
  • It's up to Peter to protect the sun who wants to exert his own independence even if it's at the cost of danger to himself
  • I believe Keller first appeared in short stories
  • I remember him as a hit man who has the problem that when he goes to a town to perform the hit he finds himself liking the town and wanting to move there
  • I enjoyed getting some of the back story on Peter Macklin

    • by tfedge
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      “Any Man’s Death” is the third book in Loren D. Estleman’s series about hit man Peter Macklin. I’m not reading the books in order. I first read “Something Borrowed, Something Black” (2002) which was the first Peter Macklin novel in twenty years. “Any Man’s Death” was published in 1986 and revels the back story behind many of the facts alluded to in “Something Borrowed, Something Black.”

      In “Any Man’s Death” Peter Macklin has elected to work as an independent hit man out of Detroit. Previously he worked for Michael Boniface. In “Any Man’s Death” Boniface has returned from prison and is eager to regain his control of the Detroit mob. Naturally he has enemies: chiefly Carlo Maggiore the crime boss who appears in “Something Borrowed, Something Black” as Charles Major when


      he tries to appear to have gone legitimate.

      Mixed into the plots is the Reverend Thomas Aquinas Sunsmith, a local television evangelist, with designs on public office. Sunsmith is a loud, flamboyant black preacher who preaches his mind loudly and flamboyantly. To bolster his following Sunsmith takes on the proponents of a local referendum promoting gambling. His efforts come to the attention of the Detroit mob and make him a potential target. Sunsmith has received a variety of “donations” from prominent Detroit citizens. In effect he runs a pyramid scheme that pays initial members from the donations of later members. When one of these members, Carmen Thalberg discovers this, she turns to Peter for help. She pays Macklin well for his services. The fact that she is a beautiful and willing ...


      • sex partner doesn’t hurt either. The plots are complicated by Roger Macklin, Peter’s estranged son. Roger has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and finds himself in deeper than his experience and abilities can hand. It’s up to Peter to protect the sun who wants to exert his own independence even if it’s at the cost of danger to himself.

        If you like “Any Man’s Death” you will like any of the other books in the Peter Macklin series. Likewise any of Estleman’s other mystery series will engage you as well: the hard-boiled detective Amos Walker has appeared in nineteen books currently. Estleman has written a seven volume Detroit crime series that you will enjoy as well. Look for my other Review Stream reviews for reviews and links to

        information about these books. If like the idea of a charming hit man and would like to find other books take a look at Lawrence Block’s series featuring hit man John Keller. I believe Keller first appeared in short stories. I remember him as a hit man who has the problem that when he goes to a town to perform the hit he finds himself liking the town and wanting to move there. All Block’s series are fun to read and I recommend them.

        I enjoyed getting some of the back story on Peter Macklin. I’m looking for the first two books but am having some trouble finding them. When I do, I’ll post the reviews for you. I rate “Any Man’s Death” as an 87% or B: a good comfortable read.




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